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Reproductive Rights

Do the Candidates Really Care About Abortion and a Woman's Undue Burden?

Anu Kumar | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Anu Kumar

I keep waiting for a candidate to actually talk about the lifesaving significance of safe, legal, accessible abortion. But what I hear instead are scripted responses that completely and carefully ignore the messy reality of women's lives.

Binders in the Back Alley

Stephanie Safdi | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Stephanie Safdi

To understand exactly how extreme the Romney abortion plan is, it helps to look at it alongside the abortion law regimes around the world.

Romney's Full of It -- Binders Full of It

Arshad Hasan | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Arshad Hasan

Women have a lot to lose if Mitt Romney is elected but you'd never know it by listening to him talk to undecided voters.

5 Reasons Why Romney's Binders Full of Women Are Really Important

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics
Soraya Chemaly

The quick-witted denizens of the ether have gone to town with Mitt's office supplies. I've heard all kinds of explanations for why this is all just liberal media spin. But, actually, there are many reasons why this meme is legitimate and not just a silly Internet trope.

'Daddy, Did You Really Trade My Reproductive Rights for a Tax Cut?'

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics
Jesse Kornbluth

Decades from now, if the Republicans have their way, I can picture daughters of Republicans bluntly asking their fathers: "You traded my reproductive freedom for... a tax cut?"

My Abortion Was Different: Why Women Shame and Blame Each Other

Valerie Tarico | Posted 11.18.2012 | Politics
Valerie Tarico

We've all heard stories, apocryphal or not, of women who picket family planning clinics and then cross the line when they find themselves with a probl...

9 Clues That Reproductive Policy Is Economic Policy

Valerie Tarico | Posted 12.11.2012 | Politics
Valerie Tarico

Conservatives who want to restrict access to contraception, abortion and other reproductive health care are putting ideology ahead of compassion and equality. But they are also putting ideology ahead of America's economic well being

The Real Mitt Romney

Terry O'Neill | Posted 12.10.2012 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

Bully, lie, manipulate, threaten. Mitt Romney believes these tactics will get him what he wants. But I believe in the good sense of women voters throughout the country.

Is it Your Body or Not? Draw The Line, People

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics
Soraya Chemaly

If a person cannot control her own reproduction, well, really what can she control? What good are all your other rights if your right to control your own body and reproduction is denied? How else do you think we are ever going to deal pervasive gender inequities in the business world?

Romney Grabs a Lifeboat

Rick Horowitz | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

What matters more? What Romney said, or what Obama didn't? ...

Laura Bassett

New 'Bill Of Reproductive Rights' Campaign Attracts A-List Celebrities | Laura Bassett | Posted 10.09.2012 | Politics

The Center for Reproductive Rights, a global legal advocacy organization, launched a new kind of campaign Tuesday that asks American voters to sign a ...

Maine Women Flex Voting Muscle in Key U.S. Senatorial Race

Kathie McClure | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics
Kathie McClure

Unlike poor Jim Lehrer in the Obama-Romney debate, moderator Anne Schink brooked no misbehavior from five candidates vying for Olympia Snowe's open Senate seat at the Maine Women's Policy Center's Forum on issues affecting Maine's women and girls.

A Bill to Make Bosses Less Mean to Pregnant Women

Michelle Chen | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Many workplaces still make women bear the brunt of the cost of childbearing. So next time you graciously offer your bus seat to a pregnant woman, just think about how our politicians fail to stand up for the labor rights of those who do the work of bringing us into the world.

To Vote or Not to Vote? Why is that Even a Question?

Claire Amber | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
Claire Amber

Though it may seem like ages ago, let's remember our history. Let's remember that women, African Americans and immigrants were all shut out of the voting polls, at one point in time.

It's Open Season on Women's Reproductive Health Care

Marcia D. Greenberger | Posted 11.26.2012 | Politics
Marcia D. Greenberger

Decisions about women's reproductive health are personal. And they need to stay that way.

Rock Your Slut Vote and Other Tips From My Interview With Kimberley Johnson

Christine Bronstein | Posted 11.14.2012 | Politics
Christine Bronstein

"If every women was aware of the literally thousands of bills targeting women's rights, I predict this election would be a landslide Obama victory," Rock The Slut Vote spokesperson Kimberley A. Johnson told me.

Kathleen Turner's Voice Could Save Your Life...

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

... and I don't mean the sultry, breathy, whiskey-and-cigs, sex-goddess reverberations that generated seismic body heat, romanced the stone and enamor...

Should Sex Selection of Embryos Be Regulated in the United States?

Jasmeet Sidhu | Posted 09.14.2012 | Science
Jasmeet Sidhu

Many expectant parents often joke about having a gender preference for their as yet unborn child: a boy, perhaps, to go to baseball games with dad, or a girl, to one day see her in a wedding dress. But what if those preferences could become a choice?

When You Love Your Base, They Love Back

Kerry Eleveld | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics
Kerry Eleveld

After the constant mentions of reproductive rights, DREAMers, and same-sex marriage, one might have thought women, immigration activists, and gays were Democrats' sole constituents. As it turns out, they aren't. They just happen to be extremely important.

Bad Daddy Sperm and the GOP

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 09.12.2012 | Politics
Soraya Chemaly

Women have long been subjected to excessive societal pressure to sublimate their own needs, bodies and behaviors and to sacrifice them to those of developing fetuses. But, slippery slopes are slippery.

I Feel Bad for My Vagina

Denise Vivaldo | Posted 11.11.2012 | Politics
Denise Vivaldo

I happen to love my vagina. We have been through thick and thin together. The great, the good, the average and the occasional nights we never speak of. Ever.

What Jessica Simpson Has to Do with You

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 11.11.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

When we're all preoccupied with achieving the perfect body (or getting our body back) or waxing ourselves hairless or learning how to create this season's smoky eye, who has the energy to deal with stuff that matters? Who has the time to remember there is stuff that matters?

Why "Social Issues" = Important Economic Issues

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 11.07.2012 | Politics
Soraya Chemaly

A "social issue" is where to seat people at a dinner table. It's code for "lady things" -- these are words whose only purpose is to trivialize ideas central to our future well-being and democracy by virtue of associating them with women.

WATCH: DeGette Makes Appeal To Women Voters

Posted 09.06.2012 | Denver

Before Sandra Fluke took the stage Wednesday for the Democratic National Convention, Colorado's U.S. Representative Diana DeGette attacked the Romney-...

The Elephant Who Loved Women

Carolita Johnson | Posted 11.04.2012 | Comedy
Carolita Johnson