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Reproductive Justice

Dear Chancellor Foley: Mizzou Must Stand With Planned Parenthood

Jessi D. Miller | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
Jessi D. Miller

You have the power to reverse the damage your predecessor's actions have caused for women like me who seek services from Planned Parenthood. I know I am not alone, Mr. Foley. There are thousands of us with an actual need for Planned Parenthood's services in mid-Missouri.

Jasmine Villegas Is Singing the Right Tune When It Comes to Supporting Young Parents

Brenda Vaden | Posted 11.23.2015 | Latino Voices
Brenda Vaden

Villegas's fame will help her with many of these basic necessities, but she is sure to experience some of the judgment I experienced for her decision to become a young parent. I hope she knows how important it is that she push back on this stigma.

Missouri Shreds Academic Freedom

Mona Shattell | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Mona Shattell

Missouri's anti-choice legislature, in consistently chipping away at reproductive rights, has taken a decidedly different approach in attacking reproductive health access. Now these same legislative extremists are playing politics with teaching and research at the University of Missouri.

Undocumented Fertility Users

Fred Silberberg | Posted 11.12.2015 | Divorce
Fred Silberberg

Any unmarried person contemplating the use of these procedures with another unmarried person must consult a lawyer prior to commencing fertility procedures if they want to protect their rights to, and the rights of, their future children to a parent-child relationship.

Women In Brazil Are Footing Too Many Bills -- And Not Writing Enough Of Them

Karen Sztajnberg | Posted 11.10.2015 | World
Karen Sztajnberg

We have to stop seeing egalitarianism as an act of largess on man's part, a concession. Maybe we have failed to quantify and sufficiently show Brazilian men that it benefits everyone to live in a society where women have more of an equal footing.

A Time to Embrace: Why the Sexual and Reproductive Justice Movement Needs Religion

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 10.21.2015 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

For too long, the sexual and reproductive health and justice movement for too long has not taken into account that the United States is one of the most religious countries in the world.

Church Must Heed Pope Francis's Words on Abortion

Kate Michelman | Posted 09.25.2015 | Women
Kate Michelman

While we recognize that church dogma about abortion and contraception is not likely to change in the near future, Pope Francis's decision to shift the conversation is illuminating the disparities between his emphasis on compassion and the practices espoused by the U.S. Catholic Church.

Alabama's Chemical Endangerment Laws: Where the War on Drugs Meets the War on Women

Katherine Koster | Posted 10.05.2015 | Crime
Katherine Koster

The criminalization of drug use during pregnancy as "fetal endangerment" is not a new revelation. But the extent to which pregnant women are being criminalized for drug use is.

Attacks on Reproductive Justice Are Attacks on Women of Color

Minister Leslie Watson Malachi | Posted 08.31.2015 | Black Voices
Minister Leslie Watson Malachi

For years, women of color and low-income women have heard this patriarchal message from various messengers implying that we are naive, misguided, and lack the intellectual capacity to make personal, critical, often difficult, informed decisions about our lives in general and our bodies more specifically.

Why Your Voice Matters If We Want to Curb Birth Trauma & Stop Human Rights Violations During Childbirth

Arianna Taboada | Posted 08.18.2015 | Women
Arianna Taboada

We can't tackle the monstrosities of physical abuse, verbal abuse, non-consented clinical care, ineffective communication, stigma and discrimination by ourselves. Believe me, we have been trying.

The Politics of Being a Woman in a "Christian Nation"

Gina Messina-Dysert | Posted 08.17.2015 | Politics
Gina Messina-Dysert

The far right is pitting God against women. Mike Huckabee's support for the decision to deny a 10-year-old rape victim an abortion is just another example in a long history that continues this election season.

Reproductive Justice is Fundamentally an Economic Justice Issue

Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan | Posted 08.11.2015 | Latino Voices
Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan

The ability of women of color and immigrant women to lead healthy reproductive lives is an integral part of the right to self-determination in all aspects of their lives and inherently impacts their economic security and independence.

6 Reasons Why Birth Control Should Be More Accessible in the United States

Kyle McCarthy | Posted 07.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Kyle McCarthy

In most countries in the world, women are able to access birth control without a prescription. However, today, women in the United States are unable to get birth control over-the-counter. But in two states this is about to change.

Republican Men Against Women's Rights

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics
Fran Moreland Johns

There is something unnerving about the rush of Republican presidential candidates to go on record as standing firmly against women's reproductive rights. They do not have the vaguest notion of what it is like to be pregnant as a result of abuse, incest, assault or a multitude of other wrongs, or simply what it is like to be a woman denied control of her own body.

Talking to Our Kids: The Conversation We Should Be Having

Jose Calderon | Posted 06.29.2015 | Latino Voices
Jose Calderon

Despite the importance of sexual health, many Latino parents, often weighed down by outdated notions of shame and propriety, are failing to provide their sons and daughters with the information to make smart decisions about their sexual lives. The consequences of this silence are crippling.

Access to Contraception and Comprehensive Sex Education Reduce Need for Abortions

Julie Burkhart | Posted 06.18.2015 | Women
Julie Burkhart

Some of the sharpest drops in abortion rates occurred in states that are supportive of women's reproductive rights, such as Washington State, New York and Oregon. These states do not restrict access to abortion, and they do prioritize improving access to health care more broadly.

Bill Blocks Crisis Centers From Misleading Women

Toni G. Atkins | Posted 08.28.2015 | Women
Toni G. Atkins

This bill is not about limiting free speech -- it is about empowering patients to make informed decisions about their health based on credible information.

The Future of Surrogacy in Minnesota

Erin Havel | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Erin Havel

There will be a few challenges along the way, and here's a big one. You found your life's mate and you are ready to start a family. The only trouble is, because of your medical history, your body is incapable of holding a pregnancy to term.

People Who Are Anti-Abortion Are Also Sexist, Worrying Study Finds

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 05.13.2015 | Women

A new study has found a link between sexism and anti-abortion attitudes. PhD candidate Stephanie Begun and professor N. Eugene Walls published a s...

End Hyde And Make Abortion Accessible To All

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

We must draw a line in the sand. We must make clear to our lawmakers that denying abortion coverage in any form on any bill is never ok. Not in the budget, not in appropriations, not in a stand-alone bill. If we believe that reproductive freedom is a constitutional value as important as any other, we have to fight back.

Women's Political Aspirations and Reproductive Rights Remain Destructively Tethered

Michele Goodwin | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Michele Goodwin

This week, pro-life advocates in Congress struck another heavy blow against equality and reproductive justice by contaminating an otherwise uncontroversial anti-human trafficking bill, which had strong bipartisan support, with anti-abortion restrictions.

Women's Lives (Should) Matter!

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Ellen R. Shaffer

The campaign to eliminate the right to safe, legal abortions is intentional, relentless and political. The consequences are real, personal and frightening. Attacks on abortion rights further entrench discrimination against women.

Nina Bahadur

A New Kind Of Abortion Clinic | Nina Bahadur | Posted 04.01.2015 | Women

“Abortion. Yeah, we do that.” That's one of the advertising slogans used by Carafem, an abortion clinic opening this week just outside of Washi...

The Human Face of Human Trafficking

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 05.19.2015 | Impact
Fran Moreland Johns

Human faces get lost in congressional rancor. Senators accuse one another of subterfuge and betrayal. Republicans accuse Democrats of one thing, Democrats accuse Republicans of another.

6 Disturbing Facts About Crisis Pregnancy Centers

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 03.19.2015 | Women

Crisis pregnancy centers claim to offer advice and support to women conflicted about their pregnancies. But a new report sheds lights on just how misl...