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Reproductive Rights

Birth Control, Abortion Battles Inspire Protest Legislation (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics

Debates over birth control and abortion have taken center stage in the states and in Congress, with Republicans in many state legislatures weighing bi...

Rough Language and Real Politics Jeopardize Women's Health

Dr. Elaine Schattner | Posted 05.08.2012 | Politics
Dr. Elaine Schattner

Last week I realized that I've taken women's health, or what's really at issue -- women's access to needed care -- for granted. That's changed now.

Fighting the War on Women This Women's History Month

Anika Rahman | Posted 05.08.2012 | Politics
Anika Rahman

Today -- International Women's Day -- much of our attention is focused overseas. But let's not forget that "international" includes the U.S. too. When it comes to gender equality, we in the U.S. are far from being a beacon of light.

Let's Be Blunt, Roy

Stephanie Schriock | Posted 05.08.2012 | Politics
Stephanie Schriock

Voters are soundly rejecting this right wing agenda, from the freedom-limiting Blunt Amendment, to the vile attacks of Rush Limbaugh. Not just Democratic voters, but Independent voters, and Republicans too: access to birth control has the potential to impact races across the country.

Teen Moms In Africa Speak Out About Sexual Rights

CNN | Posted 03.16.2012 | Teen

Sierra Leone and Liberia have some of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, with 15-24 year olds accounting for 40 percent of such deaths...

The Politics of Women's Health Care

Renee Parsons | Posted 05.08.2012 | Politics
Renee Parsons

While a direct attack on the Fourteenth Amendment is fraught with unintended consequences, anti-choice activists have shrewdly chosen to broaden their efforts against health needs for women in open disdain.

Limbaugh Smackdown and Women Unite

Nancy Cronk | Posted 05.07.2012 | Denver
Nancy Cronk

Let's show the world Americans will not tolerate women being treated as second-class citizens. Do it for your mothers, sisters, nieces, daughters and granddaughters. And do it for mine.

We Are a Nation of Bullies

David A. Love | Posted 05.07.2012 | Black Voices
David A. Love

This nation has a love-hate relationship with bullies. In one breath, society condemns bullying. And yet our society thrives on it, encourages it and glorifies it.

Bachmann Sounds Dire Warning About Contraception Mandate

Posted 03.07.2012 | Politics

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) warned Tuesday that President Barack Obama's contraception mandate requiring most religiously-affiliated employers' he...

WATCH: Attacks on Reproductive Health Rights Seen As An Attack On Mujeres

Posted 03.25.2012 | Latino Voices

The recent public debate over reproductive rights is not just a women’s issue. In Texas, it is also a Latina issue. Under Governor Rick Perry’...

Who's Sorry Now? The Republican Art of the Non-Apology

Michael Keegan | Posted 05.06.2012 | Politics
Michael Keegan

How hard is it to say that women who advocate for insurance coverage for contraceptives should be heard and shouldn't be called prostitutes for stating their position on the topic? Is it really worth compromising basic decency to stay in the good graces of Rush Limbaugh?

'Slut' Limbaugh and the Virgin Queen

Elizabeth Gregory | Posted 05.06.2012 | Politics
Elizabeth Gregory

Newsflash: it's not 1558 or even 1958. A woman doesn't have to be a virgin or a wife to be respected, any more than a man's value as a citizen is defined by his sexual activity or marital status.

GOP Presidential Candidates Will Lose Because Rush Limbaugh Called Women "Sluts"

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 05.06.2012 | Politics
Joanne Bamberger

No woman, regardless of political party, is going to stand for anyone calling her daughters or her friends sluts. And we sure don't like politicians who won't stand up to bullies who try to smear the good names of the girls and women in our lives.

The Scarlet 'C'

Robert Walker | Posted 05.04.2012 | Politics
Robert Walker

If all we get out of the latest Limbaugh firestorm is that it is not appropriate to call women sluts, prostitutes, or any of the other pejoratives commonly heaped on women, then we are missing the larger point: women suffer when their reproductive health and rights are abridged.

Most Americans Support Requirement To Cover Birth Control Costs

The New York Times | ERIK ECKHOLM | Posted 03.02.2012 | Politics

Over all, 63 percent of Americans said they supported the new federal requirement that private health insurance plans cover the cost of birth control,...

Cinderella Redux at the Oscars

Susan Celia Greenfield | Posted 05.01.2012 | Women
Susan Celia Greenfield

The bad mother-daughter bond is an old familiar story. And I mean old. Throughout narrative history, mother characters have been evil or dead or both.

Why We Need More Women in Poliltics

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 05.01.2012 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

When women run, they are just as likely as men to win -- but they are not running. The study details exactly why -- and it's not because of a biological mandate.

Public Health for Nincompoops

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.30.2012 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

Consistency, it is said, is the mark of a true champion. Utter lack of consistency, therefore, must indicate something else entirely. I'll be kind and call it: nincompoopery. When it comes to public health policy, we are a pack of utter nincompoops.

Turning the Tide for Women: Vaginal Americans Rejoice?

Morra Aarons-Mele | Posted 04.28.2012 | Politics
Morra Aarons-Mele

Transvaginal ultrasounds mandated in Virginia? Bring it! Aspirin as birth control! Tell me more. Things have threatened to become so comically repressive, it's woken us up out of our stupor. We're mad as hell.

Mandatory Ultrasound Laws Violate Women's Rights and Bodies

Terry O'Neill | Posted 04.28.2012 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

Turning the clock back includes shaming women for their sexuality and punishing them for terminating a pregnancy (which is still legal, by the way). This brings us to one of the more degrading tactics up the radical-right sleeve: mandatory ultrasound laws.

Prioritizing Reproductive Health, Empowering Women and Girls

Sarah Costa | Posted 04.25.2012 | Impact
Sarah Costa

Reproductive health care and women's empowerment go hand in hand. Sometimes, especially in remote settings, access to reproductive health care is also a question of life and death.

John Celock

Lawmakers Kill Controversial Personhood Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.23.2012 | Politics

In an unexpected move, the Virginia Senate killed the state's personhood bill, a key victory for women's groups seeking to battle the current proposal...

Where Are the Men?

Robert Walker | Posted 04.24.2012 | Politics
Robert Walker

If legislatures were requiring colorectal exams for no good medical reason, banning Viagra, outlawing condoms and vasectomies, you better believe that men would be doing more than waiting for a Gallup pollster to ring them up.

Federal Judge Says State Can't Force Pharmacies To Sell Plan B

AP | GENE JOHNSON | Posted 04.23.2012 | Politics

TACOMA, Wash. — Washington state cannot force pharmacies to sell Plan B or other emergency contraceptives, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, sayi...

Dems Come Up With Contentious Response To Abortion Bill

Mollie Reilly | Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics

A group of female Democratic legislators in the Georgia House of Representatives has proposed a bill that would ban men from seeking vasectomies. "...