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Reproductive Rights

Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing: Is This the Brave New World We Want?

Alexandra Minna Stern | Posted 02.10.2013 | Science
Alexandra Minna Stern

If NIPT becomes part of routine prenatal care, it poses real challenges for genetic counselors, whose professional charge is to communicate genetic information to a wide range of clients in a manner that respects reproductive autonomy and the rights of people with disabilities.

The Zipless Election of 2012

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 02.08.2013 | Politics
Ellen R. Shaffer

2012 was a zipless election: Although the public was demonstrably present for the experience, somehow we didn't feel completely engaged.

Contentious Abortion Laws Smacked Down By Court

AP | TIM TALLEY | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma laws requiring women seeking abortions to have an ultrasound image placed in front of them while they hear a description of ...

'Contraception Is Corruption': Bishops Rail Against Popular Reproductive Health Bill In The Philippines

Katey Zeh | Posted 01.29.2013 | Religion
Katey Zeh

What makes this particular battle interesting is the messaging employed by one Catholic Bishop in his attempt to sway public opinion -- and how completely disconnected it is from the realities the people of the Philippines face each day.

Savita Halappanavar Should Be Alive Today

Mallika Dutt | Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics
Mallika Dutt

Savita's death serves as the most raw of reminders that the global war against women's fundamental human rights rages on. And even though our country spoke loudly for women's rights on election day, that war does rage on right here at home.

Listening For Reproductive Justice

Harry Knox | Posted 01.14.2013 | Religion
Harry Knox

Women spoke loudly with their votes in this election, and men who care about reproductive justice joined them. It's time that Congress and the White House sit down and really listen.

Delivering a World Where Every Pregnancy Is Wanted

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 01.14.2013 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

Aaround 222 million women, largely in the poorest countries, want to use modern family planning methods but can't access them. This has a seriously damaging impact not just on their lives, but on the health and strength of their families and communities.

Talk to the Women!

Robin Lakoff | Posted 01.08.2013 | Women
Robin Lakoff

Occasionally, candidates for electoral office seem even less aware than the rest of the populace about what "democracy" means or ought to mean. Once in a while -- not often enough -- they pay a price at the polls for their obtuseness. This election was one such time.

Gender Gap Costly: Women's Votes Decisive in Presidential and Senate Races

Eleanor Smeal | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
Eleanor Smeal

The problem the Republican Party has with women is deep and costly. Their attacks on women's rights all add up to a widely perceived Republican War on Women that significantly influenced the outcome of the election by creating impactful gender gaps in many key races.

Talking Politics With My Toddler

Liz Joynt Sandberg | Posted 01.07.2013 | Parents
Liz Joynt Sandberg

"I don't want to be a woman." I saw her face that evening and I think she was afraid. I think she imagined what it would feel like for someone else to be in charge of her body and she didn't like it -- it struck her as wrong. So her solution was to not become a woman.

Dodging the Election of a 'Personhood President'

Laura Carroll | Posted 11.07.2012 | Politics
Laura Carroll

If we had elected a "Personhood President," there would be cause for great concern. As we head into the next four years, expect this contingent to continue to attempt to make personhood, not Roe v Wade, the law of the land.

Voting on the Economy vs. Voting on Abortion

Brittney Bullock | Posted 01.06.2013 | Politics
Brittney Bullock

It is decidedly the economy, not something like abortion rights, but the question to ask isn't whether you base your vote on who will better handle the economy, it's should you base your vote on how you think a candidate will handle the economy.

What's Your Birth Control Cost?

Katrina L. Rogers | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Katrina L. Rogers

There's no easier way to put it: a Romney-Ryan White House would be a disaster for women. From health care to equal pay for equal work, the GOP ticket has proven they're not interested in the well-being of America's women and -- in turn -- our families.

Getting Reproductive Rights out of Politics

Nancy Northup | Posted 01.05.2013 | Politics
Nancy Northup

We should not wake up the day after an election worrying that our doctors will be driven out of practice or prevented from using their training and best medical judgment to provide the care that's right for us.

Women and Small Business Under a Romney Administration

Deborah Stambler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Deborah Stambler

Supporting small business in America means supporting women business owners and workers, and planning the "when" and "if" of motherhood is important if women are to continue on with self-respect and sovereignty.

For Moderately-Conservative Friends and Family at the 11th Hour

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Soraya Chemaly

What could I say to my conservative father, at this 11th hour that might make him understand why I think Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are not just terrible options, but genuinely dangerous to me and his grandchildren?

Preventive Medicine, Disaster Avoidance, and the Health of a Nation

Dr. Ali Binazir | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Dr. Ali Binazir

Like children afraid of the vaccination needle, there are some people in this country who have not yet understood the long-term benefits they have reaped from Barack Obama's presidency. Let's hope enough people do realize it in time for this crucial election.

Take Me Back to the 21st Century!

Kathleen Turner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Kathleen Turner

If we have Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock making laws about who can access contraception, and a Romney Supreme Court deciding what rights women are entitled to, we can all forget about the DeLorean. We're stuck.

Jane Austen Weekly: Jane Austen Votes for President

Susan Celia Greenfield | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Susan Celia Greenfield

On November 6, 2012, Jane Austen will vote for Barack Obama. With the specter of Mitt Romney as president, her ghost is nothing to fear.

For Millennial Voters, What Really Matters Is the Morning After

Kierra Johnson | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Kierra Johnson

We have a choice. We can repeat history and see this generation as a list of names to solicit for donations and pad listervs or we can choose to seize this new base of people of invest in -- and engage with -- in building a proactive movement and progressive legislative agenda.

What Animal Are the Women You Know Most Like?

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Soraya Chemaly

Last week, Republican state representative Todd Akin used a dog comparison to describe his opponent Claire McCaskill. Akin just can't seem to decide w...

Anti-Choice Extremists Will Be Welcomed During a Romney Presidency

Nancy Keenan | Posted 12.30.2012 | Politics
Nancy Keenan

GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has made efforts to stay away from all of the callous and outrageous comments made by his anti-choice allies. Should he win, it's likely Romney could give these anti-choice extremists a seat at the table. Who are these extremists?

Hey Anti-Choicers: Coercion Is Always Wrong

John Seager | Posted 11.01.2012 | Politics
John Seager

Thank goodness Mississippi voters -- as have voters in every other state where this issue has appeared on the ballot -- put the rights of women above the "rights" of fertilized eggs. But how soon until a state does restrict birth control?

Influential Women Speak Out on the Election

Marianne Schnall | Posted 12.28.2012 | Politics
Marianne Schnall

I posed the following question to some of the most influential women of our time, "What message would you most want to get out to women about the upcoming election?" Here are their inspiring answers.

Despicable: Mourdock, Walsh and Akin

Merle Hoffman | Posted 12.25.2012 | Politics
Merle Hoffman

Now, the decision to have an abortion when faced with a life-threatening pre-pregnancy condition is a hard choice. Under President Romney, there would be no choice.