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Reproductive Rights

Women and Rights in 2012 -- What We Stand to Lose and Why

Kristen Houghton | Posted 10.28.2012 | Politics
Kristen Houghton

Taking away women's rights is the highest, and unfortunately most legal, form of bullying.

Rape, Forced Pregnancy, Personhood, and Crimes Against Humanity

Lynn M. Paltrow | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics
Lynn M. Paltrow

If Proposed Initiative 46 passes, men who rape women in Colorado will be secure in the knowledge that their efforts to humiliate and degrade those women will be backed up and reinforced by state action forcing those women to go to term -- whether they want to or not.

'No Personhood' Campaign Kicks Off In Colorado

The Colorado Independent | John Tomasic | Posted 08.24.2012 | Denver

From The Colorado Independent's John Tomasic DENVER– A rally hosted here Thursday on the steps of the capitol by this year’s “No Personhood C...

The GOP's New Fireable Offense: Talking About the Party's Platform

Michael Keegan | Posted 10.23.2012 | Politics
Michael Keegan

If Akin's example is any guide, straying from right-wing orthodoxy in today's Republican party is less of a crime than simply calling attention to it.

Go for It, GOP -- Sperm Rights!

Martha Burk | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics
Martha Burk

Protecting sperm rights would benefit society, and wouldn't really harm men. Understand -- a man's right to control his own body and life choices would not be infringed. Men could still have sex. They would merely be asked to accept a few tiny, ever-so-reasonable restrictions.

Why Would Any Woman Vote Republican This November?

Rebecca Sive | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics
Rebecca Sive

Will 2012's Republican women voters recognize this presidential election for what it really is for every American woman voter: a referendum on the very notion of what a woman can be in this day and age? I sure hope so.

Meet The 22-Year-Old GOPer Who Challenged Her Party On The Morning After Pill

BuzzFeed | Posted 08.22.2012 | Politics

TAMPA, Florida — When delegates to the Republican National Convention gathered in a hotel room yesterday to finalize the party's unbending oppositio...

Let's Be Honest: Akin's Not Alone in His Ignorance

Leah McElrath | Posted 10.21.2012 | Politics
Leah McElrath

Todd Akin's remark about victims of "legitimate rape" is most disturbing because he's not alone in his ignorance. But it also illustrates our stunning level of ignorance about women's bodies.

Todd Akin: One More Male Politician Clueless About Female Biology

Lisa Belkin | Posted 10.21.2012 | Politics
Lisa Belkin

Put aside for the moment the horrifying reality that Akin feels that some rapes are more "legitimate" than others. And let's focus on the fact that so many men in positions of power over women's health are so clueless about female biology.

Squawking Points: The War on Women Goes Stupid

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

It's not so much the right-wingers' war on women that pisses me off -- it's the fact that they think we're dumb enough to buy their talking points.

Paul Ryan: the 'Personhood' Crocodile?

Don C. Reed | Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics
Don C. Reed

Enacted into law, a Romney/Ryan personhood plan could remove women's reproductive rights completely.

Secularism: Where Are The Women?

Jacques Berlinerblau | Posted 10.14.2012 | Religion
Jacques Berlinerblau

For reasons that social scientists have yet to definitively unpuzzle, atheism and agnosticism are overwhelmingly staffed by men. My guess is that women see secularism more as having to do with atheism than with gender-based church-state issues.

Paul Ryan Says America Needs Choice: Are Women American Citizens?

Gina Barreca | Posted 10.13.2012 | Politics
Gina Barreca

In his speech Saturday morning, Paul Ryan emphasized the need for Americans to take back its right to choose. Isn't it right to assume that, if we want the government out of off our backs and out of our wallets, we'd also want the government out our wombs?

Ryan Has a Plan to Unravel Civil Liberties, Too

Anthony D. Romero | Posted 10.11.2012 | Politics
Anthony D. Romero

The focus in the coming days will be all about Rep. Ryan's budget. Let's hope the American people also get a debate about his blueprint for LGBT equality, immigration, voting rights, reproductive freedom and other constitutional issues. Indeed, it's just as abysmal as Romney's.

Abortion, the States and the World Health Organization

Anu Kumar | Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics
Anu Kumar

The new WHO guidelines on abortion policy and standards of care make it painfully clear that, nearly 40 years after Roe v. Wade, we're doing everything wrong here.

Full Adoption of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Expansion a Must for Latina Health

Jessica González-Rojas | Posted 10.05.2012 | Latino Voices
Jessica González-Rojas

Our fight has not ended. Too many Latinas are still without access, and opponents are doing their best to roll back these recent gains and leave Latinas without care. It's the time for us to stand up for our communities and ourselves.

Avoiding Jail When Expecting: 5 New Tips (for Women and Men)

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 09.26.2012 | Politics
Soraya Chemaly

Of course all women of childbearing ability should be worried, but my point here is that any man who is capable, intentionally or not, of participating in conception should be worried about his own imprisonment, too.

Young Lakota Activist Campaigns To Make Plan B Available, Affordable To Native Women

Eisa Ulen | Posted 09.19.2012 | Black Voices
Eisa Ulen

Sunny Clifford, a 26-year-old Pine Ridge Tribal park ranger, has launched a Change.org petition that seeks to improve the quality of women's lives by making Plan B available--and affordable--throughout Indian Country.

State Anti-Abortion Efforts Gain Momentum

Reuters | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics

* Abortion opponents say laws promote safety, better care * Mississippi could be first state without abortion facility *...

Family Planning Unleashes the Girl Effect

Maria Eitel | Posted 09.12.2012 | Impact
Maria Eitel

Investing in family planning for adolescent girls is not only the right thing to do, it's smart economics.

Family Planning Summit Will Save 3 Million Children's Lives by 2020

Anne Zeiser | Posted 09.11.2012 | Impact
Anne Zeiser

For most of us, a new baby coming into the family is ample reason for joy and celebration. But imagine a world where a new pregnancy means having to choose which beloved child to feed, clothe, or provide medicine to.

Stop the Tragedy

Kathy Bushkin Calvin | Posted 09.09.2012 | Impact
Kathy Bushkin Calvin

Every two minutes, a woman dies from complications related to pregnancy. Even more tragic: many of these deaths could be prevented with a simple and cost-effective solution -- voluntary family planning.

Sex And The Affordable Care Act

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 09.01.2012 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

The Supreme Court affirmation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a moral victory -- and a victory for sexual and reproductive health and rights. As a religious leader, I believe that access to health care is a fulfillment of the Biblical mandate to take care of all of our neighbors.

Senate Challenger Says Soldiers Don't Fight For Right To Contraception

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.05.2012 | Politics

A New York GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate has included in her stump speech the claim that America's fighting men and women are not risking their li...

Women Leave Rio+20 Motivated to Galvanize Sustainability Around Family Planning and Reproductive Rights

Diane MacEachern | Posted 09.01.2012 | Impact
Diane MacEachern

The Rio+20 outcome document -- though 49 pages long and consisting of 23,917 words -- mentions women in less than 0.01 percent of the entire text.