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Reproductive Rights

Dear Pope Francis: Saving the World Requires Contraception

John Seager | Posted 01.30.2015 | World
John Seager

Planning and preventing pregnancy is not only a personal choice; it's a human right that saves lives, combats poverty, and helps to close the inequality gap. But more than that it's a crucial requirement for slowing population growth and, in turn, saving the planet from its greatest threat--climate change.

Art Matters: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 01.27.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Every day, along with a group of nearly 50 other people, I have the privilege of making seed grants to up and coming social change leaders around the world. The Pollination Project helps this community of daily givers identify new grantees. Here are the extraordinary people and projects that we supported this past week.

Pushing Back Abortion Laws Pushes Us Back to the '70s

Rob Stephenson | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics
Rob Stephenson

The U.S. is not alone in restricting access to abortion; many other countries have far more restrictive and even punitive legislations. But 41 years on, we are still grappling with providing access to an essential reproductive health service. And that feels so 1970s.

Samantha Lachman

Here's How The Anti-Abortion Movement Plans To Modernize Its Approach

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While Republican lawmakers squabbled over a single bill banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the anti-abortion movement's lead...

Shattering the Silence: My Abortion Story

Elizabeth Brady | Posted 01.22.2015 | Women
Elizabeth Brady

We all circle through our lives with the false impression we're alone in our personal experiences. A lack of shared stories keeps all of us in the dark about how something can affect so many people, especially a subject so shamed as abortion.

Jennifer Bendery

Republicans Slip Tax Hike Into Latest Abortion Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After a botched effort to pass legislation imposing a 20-week ban on abortions, House Republicans are moving forward Thursday with what'...

21 Inspirational Images Of Women Standing Up For The Right To Choose

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 01.21.2015 | Women

On Jan. 22, 1973, the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that a woman's choice to have an abortion was a fundamental right under the Constitution. ...

42 Years After Roe v. Wade, Abortion Rights Still Under Attack

Joan Malin | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
Joan Malin

January 22 marks 42 years since Roe v. Wade legalized abortion nationwide, but our fight to make sure all women have access to safe, legal abortion is far from over. Politicians won't hesitate to take away the right to make personal, complex decisions about reproductive health. We must stop taking our hard-won rights for granted.

How to Love Like a French Woman

Isa Freeling | Posted 01.20.2015 | Arts
Isa Freeling

In France, mothers get a medal from the government after having four children or more. Some call it the "Reproduction Medal." It's a fact that artist Sara Shaoul learned this year during her summer residency in Paris.

Reproductive Health: The Battle Resumes

Robert Walker | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics
Robert Walker

Based upon their scores, each state received a "core" grade (A, B, C, D or F), but some states received an additional "plus" or a "minus" for factors not reflected in the core grade, such as pending regulations or legislation. Only 17 states received a B- or higher.

Abortion Rights Are Human Rights

Terry O'Neill | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

During the debate over health care reform, we often heard that health care is a basic human right. That's true -- and just as true is the fact that women have the basic human right to safe, legal abortion care.

Ebola and Pregnant Women: A Tragedy to Be Addressed in Recovery Plans

Anika Rahman | Posted 01.07.2015 | Impact
Anika Rahman

We know that the Ebola pandemic is causing a social and humanitarian crisis in several West African nations. What is now emerging is that it is a catastrophe, perhaps even a death sentence, for pregnant women.

Why This Woman Live-Tweeted Her IUD Insertion

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 01.07.2015 | Women

In the name of sexual health transparency, reproductive rights activist and New York Abortion Access Fund board member Alison Turkos shared the proces...

Saying Goodbye, and Hello to 2015

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 12.30.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Fran Moreland Johns

My friend M has died, just shy of the old year's end and significantly decreasing the joy of the new. But her dying was full of life lessons about saying goodbye, being grateful and trying to ring in a better planet for the days ahead.

Dr. America's Top 10 Health Justice Accomplishments of 2014

Sanjeev K. Sriram | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics
Sanjeev K. Sriram

As 2014 closes, I want to take a moment to look back at what We the People accomplished in health policy and health justice this year. By celebrating these accomplishments, I hope our community of activists can find inspiration to keep up the hard work that waits for us in 2015.  

How 2014 Was A Bad Year For Women But A Good Year For Feminism

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 12.24.2014 | Women

Women's rights advocates didn't have it easy this past year, what with the Hobby Lobby decision limiting birth control access, Missouri's Abortion Per...

Appeals Court Strikes Down North Carolina Ultrasound Law

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics

A federal appeals court declared as unconstitutional on Monday a North Carolina law requiring abortion providers to show a woman an ultrasound and des...

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: A 2014 Round-Up

Alexander Sanger | Posted 12.18.2014 | Women
Alexander Sanger

Once again, we've had a year of ups and downs, a year of strong stands for women's rights and crushing defeats. Here's a quick run-down of some of the most memorable moments of 2014.

Securing the Future With Youth Reproductive Health

John Seager | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
John Seager

Without the ability to control when and how to have a family, young people won't be able to drive the economic and social progress needed to secure a prosperous future for our planet and its inhabitants.

Catherine Pearson

Why It Matters That Women Talk About Their Abortions

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 12.15.2014 | Women

When Debra Hauser was 35 and a new mom to a 6-month-old boy, her husband went to work one day and did not come come home. She did not know where he wa...

6 Things To Understand When Talking About Abortion

David A. Grimes | Posted 12.10.2014 | Women
David A. Grimes

Incorrect, misleading, and inflammatory language obfuscates, rather than illuminates, the discussion around abortion. Words matter. We should all choose them carefully.

Samantha Lachman

GOP Legislators File Several Overlapping Abortion Restrictions in South Carolina

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican lawmakers in South Carolina have pre-filed a slew of legislation concerning abortion in an attempt to avoid a repeat of the l...

We Must Not Forget Sexual and Reproductive Health And Rights For All

Katja Iversen | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Katja Iversen

Together, let's make this the "century of women" that the Secretary-General has called for -- but let's not forget about girls.

Samantha Lachman

Virginia Board Votes To Amend Harsh Abortion Clinic Regulations

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics

Virginia's Board of Health voted Thursday to begin a process of revising tough restrictions on abortion clinics, in a setback for abortion opponents. ...

A Move Forward for Abortion Rights in the Dominican Republic

Alexander Sanger | Posted 01.31.2015 | Impact
Alexander Sanger

No woman should have to risk imprisonment to access the health services she needs, wants, and deserves. This is an important step forwards for a region with some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the world.