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Reproductive Rights

Helping Women and Girls in Rwanda

Valens Ntamushobora | Posted 07.14.2012 | Teen
Valens Ntamushobora

In many rural areas in Rwanda, women have been excluded from the decision-making processes affecting their lives, families and communities, and they are forced to accept prevailing social attitudes.

It's Not 'Childless', It's A 'Choice'

Carol Hartsell | Posted 07.10.2012 | Comedy
Carol Hartsell

At the risk of seeming insensitive as we approach Mother's Day, I have a bone to pick with everyone out there who has chosen -- or tacitly accepted -- the role of motherhood. Could you please, for the love of God, stop referring to those of us who have chosen to not have kids as "childless"?

BREAKING NEWS: Republicans Announce, "We Just Plain Forgot Women Can Now Vote"

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 07.09.2012 | Comedy
Soraya Chemaly

Earlier today a senior policy advisor to the Republican Party was thought to have said the following: "You know, we forgot. I mean, we knew that the 19th Amendment passed, but, what can I say, it was an abstraction."

Lucia Graves

Dem's Pro-Life Voting Record Sparks Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.07.2012 | Politics

While Democrats and Republicans have been arguing throughout the campaign season about women's reproductive rights, the issue has now taken center sta...

Faith Leaders Support Reproductive Justice

Sally Steenland | Posted 07.04.2012 | Religion
Sally Steenland

Religion and reproductive rights are usually pitted against each other in public debates and the media. But in real life, they are not on opposite sides.

Why Religious People Should Support The Rights Of Women In Reproductive Decisions

Harry Knox | Posted 07.03.2012 | Religion
Harry Knox

Women's reproductive rights have been so stigmatized and stripped of moral value by certain religious leaders that it can be difficult to speak up. This is a good time to reconsider.

No Mother's Day: Every 90 Seconds a Woman Dies Becoming a Mother

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 07.02.2012 | Politics
Soraya Chemaly

Every 90 seconds, somewhere in the world, a woman dies from a pregnancy-related complication. This isn't just a "third world" problem. The United States currently ranks 50th in the world for maternal health. It is safer to give birth in Bosnia or Kuwait than in California.

Everything I Needed to Know About the U.N. I Learned in Kindergarten

Suzanne Ehlers | Posted 07.02.2012 | Impact
Suzanne Ehlers

I spent the week at the U.N.'s Commission on Population and Development, immersed in conversations about young people. It made me remember Everything I Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten as a frame for the week's lessons.

Uniting on the War Against Women

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 07.02.2012 | New York
Marcia G. Yerman

Karen Teegarden and Desiree Jordan were alarmed by the rapid erosion of women's rights. They created a Facebook page called United Against the War Against Women, with the theory if they built it women would come.

The War vs. the Revolution

Monique Ruffin | Posted 04.30.2012 | Politics
Monique Ruffin

The women I have met while learning about feminine power are tired of fighting and working to fit into this misogynistic culture. Women are ready to present themselves not as property, children, or men in skirts, but as feminine, intelligent, powerful, and capable.

War on Women in Mississippi, Dolores Huerta Gets Honored

El Chanclaso | Posted 06.28.2012 | Latino Voices
El Chanclaso

Un gran aplauso to President Obama for announcing that Dolores Huerta, the legendary civil rights and labor leader, will be receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom along with 12 other outstanding individuals.

Sisterhood Now: The Political, the Personal and the Just

Carre Otis | Posted 06.27.2012 | Politics
Carre Otis

I am a survivor of sexual violence. I am a survivor of rape. I am a daughter, a sister, a wife and a mother. I am a friend of women and I am their advocate.

Mitt Romney's Constitutional Advisor, Robert Bork, Continues the War on Women's Rights

Jamin Raskin | Posted 06.27.2012 | Politics
Jamin Raskin

Remarkably, Mitt Romney's key constitutional advisor wants to turn back the clock on Equal Protection jurisprudence by watering down the standards for reviewing sex-discriminatory laws.

March Because "Equal Enough" for Women Is Unacceptable

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 06.27.2012 | Politics
Soraya Chemaly

Tomorrow, thousands of women and men will participate in marches and rallies for women's rights in 45 states and the District of Columbia. American women need to be recognized as full citizens. Yes, women in this country.

WATCH: GOP Candidate Tells Constituent To 'Go Get A Job'

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 04.26.2012 | Politics

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna lashed out at a constituent on Tuesday, telling the young woman to "go get a job" in response to a ques...

Why Women Will March in Colorado

Josette Jaramillo | Posted 06.26.2012 | Denver
Josette Jaramillo

On April 28, Colorado women will gather in Denver's Civic Center Park for a short march to the State Capitol. Not a long walk, but it should carry a significant message to the politicians who work inside and beyond: We will not be ignored.

Denying Women Their Rights, Criminalizing Doctors

Anu Kumar | Posted 04.25.2012 | Politics
Anu Kumar

Having been successful in creating onerous barriers to abortion -- technically still a legal procedure in the United States -- at the state level, anti-abortion activists continue their assault.

The Dark Has Its Own Light

Mary Rose Betten | Posted 06.24.2012 | Books
Mary Rose Betten

This is one of ten shortlisted entries for our Things To Do Before You Die contest. We will try to make the winning idea happen. The entries on the ...

The Dangers of Contraception Revealed

Robert Walker | Posted 06.19.2012 | Politics
Robert Walker

There's a basic misconception that clouds the thinking of many social and religious conservatives. Believing that contraceptive use is a moral wrong, they desperately want to make it into a social ill. To do that, they confuse correlation with causation.

The Right's 2012 Solution: "Just Close Your Eyes"

Michael Keegan | Posted 06.18.2012 | Politics
Michael Keegan

Republicans seem to think they can get away with almost anything because their Election Day hopes will be saved by a bad economy. But the people they attack know the Tea Party's history of cynical, culture-war attacks that deeply affect the lives of real people. We have our eyes wide open.

Ann Or Hilary: Either Way, Motherhood Is a Dismal Financial Decision for American Women

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 06.13.2012 | Business
Soraya Chemaly

What I am not hearing anyone say loudly and clearly in this Rosen/Romney snafu is that women's ability -- not desire or choice -- to take part in the economy is based on her freedom to make reproductive decisions.

Republican Propositions on Women's Reproductive Rights: A Move Toward Sharia Law?

Anisa Noormohamed | Posted 06.11.2012 | Politics
Anisa Noormohamed

The issues surrounding the debate on abortion and reproductive rights seem to be the same across the globe, whether in Muslim countries or in America.

Lisa Murkowski: 'It Makes No Sense To Make This Attack On Women'

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 04.06.2012 | Politics

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) spoke out forcefully in favor of reproductive rights on Wednesday in Homer, Alaska, as many in her party have sought to...

Haley's Comment

Robert Walker | Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics
Robert Walker

When Nikki Haley and other Republican leaders opine about the lack of voter interest in contraception, it's more wishful thinking than political insight.

Three Videos Everyone Should See Before Voting

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics
Soraya Chemaly

"Personhood" for zygotes cruelly subverts the very idea of a culture of life and potentially criminalizes every pregnant woman. Are you really cool with that? Even if you personally would not chose an abortion?