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Reproductive Rights

Salvador's Draconian Abortion Laws: A Miscarriage of Justice

Medea Benjamin | Posted 07.27.2015 | World
Medea Benjamin

An overwhelming number of women in El Salvador -- particularly poor, unmarried, uneducated women -- face outrageous human rights violations as they are denied autonomy over their bodies. El Salvador has one of the strictest and most archaic anti-abortion laws in the world.

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.

Planned Parenthood Continues to Provide Care, No Matter What

Joan Malin | Posted 07.24.2015 | Women
Joan Malin

Planned Parenthood is the most trusted women's health care provider in this country. We will always fight for our patients and our staff, and we will continue to provide care in a safe, trusting, confidential environment, no matter what.

Will Development Financing Finally Level the Playing Field for Women and Girls?

Françoise Girard | Posted 07.13.2015 | World
Françoise Girard

Many governments still do not see the need to allocate or increase resources for efforts that would strengthen health systems to reduce maternal mortality, address violence against women, ensure access to sexual and reproductive health care, and end child marriage. In fact, these areas should be priorities if we are to achieve sustainable development for generations to come.

Learning from Colorado's Contraception Success

Mark Edwards | Posted 07.06.2015 | Denver
Mark Edwards

There is a lot to celebrate about the stunning reduction in teen pregnancy and abortion rates as a result of Colorado's initiative to reduce unintended pregnancy. Among other things, the initiative ensured that women in Colorado got access to the most effective forms of contraception.

Bristol Palin, Stop Judging the World. World, Stop Judging Bristol Palin.

Chelsea Stone | Posted 07.07.2015 | Women
Chelsea Stone

We are all a product of our upbringing, and Bristol grew up a fundamentalist Christian in a patriarchal society, the daughter of a highly visible Republican. She grew up surrounded by ideas of what a good woman is and what a good woman isn't. She is what she was raised to be.

Reproductive Malpractice and the U.S. Military

Dov Fox | Posted 07.04.2015 | Politics
Dov Fox

An outdated Supreme Court doctrine and congressional loophole leaves servicewomen unable to recover for the negligent prenatal care they receive in a military hospital. However egregious the malpractice and grave the suffering it causes, our law offers no recourse for the wrong done to the woman's procreative interest and to her child's physical and mental wellbeing.

More Women Should Choose a Home Over a Baby

Amanda Oliver | Posted 07.01.2015 | Women
Amanda Oliver

Sitting down and actually planning out whether you can afford to have a child should be a priority for every family. As much as we all work to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps, it also helps to be born into a family that is financially, and emotionally, prepared to handle parenting.

Judge Blocks Florida Law Requiring 24-Hour Waiting Period For Abortions

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics

A Florida judge on Tuesday blocked a new state law that requires Floridians seeking abortions to wait 24 hours before being able to undergo the proced...

Steps Forward in Haiti, Steps Backward at Home

Susan M. Blaustein | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Susan M. Blaustein

Things got off to a slower-than-usual start one hot morning in June, at the Alyans Sante Borgne (ASB) Women's Health mobile clinic in Tibouk, a tiny riverside market town in northernmost Haiti.

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.

Samantha Lachman

Judge Blocks Kansas Law Banning Procedure Used In Most Second-Trimester Abortions

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Kansas judge on Thursday blocked a law that would have effectively banned the majority of second-trimester abortions performed in the ...

Men in the Movement: Fathers, Partners and More

Alexander Sanger | Posted 06.23.2015 | Impact
Alexander Sanger

We still have a long way to go in ensuring that men play an active role not only in their own health, but the health of their families. As a man in the movement for sexual and reproductive health and rights, I know it will take each and every one of us -- men and women alike -- to achieve gender equality in our lifetimes.

How 36 Women React To The Word 'Abortion'

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 06.19.2015 | Women

A new video shows the varied ways women feel about reproductive rights. In the latest video from their "One Word" series, Cut Video asked 36 women,...

Iowa Supreme Court Strikes Down Telemedicine Abortion Ban

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics

The Supreme Court of Iowa unanimously ruled Friday that Planned Parenthood clinics in the state may continue using a telemedicine abortion system to p...

9 Ancient Abortion Methods So Terrible You'll Be Even More Grateful For The Right To Choose

Bustle | Posted 06.18.2015 | Women
Bustle

Abortion is both a tricky and a touchy subject. In the midst of fervent pro-choice and pro-life debates today, we can lose sight of the fact that abortion actually has a long medical history.

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.

The Texas Abortion Decision and the Right's 'Women's Health' Gambit

Miranda Blue | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Miranda Blue

This -- closing abortion clinics while chipping away at Roe in the courts -- is the goal of legislation like that in Texas. But, of course, Republican leaders aren't mentioning in this in their praise of the Fifth Circuit's decision. Instead, Attorney General Ken Paxton reacted to the ruling by calling it "a victory for life and women's health."

Samantha Lachman

Many Clinics Likely To Close As Federal Appeals Court Upholds Texas Abortion Restrictions

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld some of the most onerous parts of a Texas abortion law, which is...

Survey: Abortions Declining In Nearly All States

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics

DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer Abortions have declined in states where new laws make it harder to have them — but they've also waned in states w...

Bill Blocks Crisis Centers From Misleading Women

Toni G. Atkins | Posted 06.12.2015 | 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.

Samantha Lachman

Why This Ob-Gyn And Her Father Are Suing Kansas To Stop Its New Abortion Ban

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Working as an abortion provider is increasingly dangerous in any state, let alone in Kansas. But the father-daughter pair of Drs. He...

Kim Bellware

Doctors Sue Over Arizona Abortion Law They Say Forces Them To Lie To Patients

HuffingtonPost.com | Kim Bellware | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics

A new Arizona law would unconstitutionally force doctors to lie to their patients about the reversibility of medical abortions, according to a lawsuit...

Samantha Lachman

Colorado Republican Tries To Thread The Needle On Abortion

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Republican state Senator in Colorado who says she believes pregnant women should have a "full array" of choices also said she wouldn't...

Honoring Dr. George Tiller

Julie Burkhart | Posted 06.02.2015 | Women
Julie Burkhart

It's been a challenging few years for reproductive rights advocates, and yet, this community has demonstrated its resilience and commitment to protecting women's rights.