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Reproductive Rights

Report: Abortion Restrictions Led to Longer Wait Times

Texas Tribune | Samantha Lachman | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics

Wait times to get an abortion in Texas have grown in some metropolitan areas, a trend that could be felt statewide if the U.S....

The Social Good Summit Taught Us Four Important Things About Reproductive Health & Rights

Joan Erakit | Posted 10.02.2015 | Impact
Joan Erakit

Nations are built upon the grace, perseverance and strength that women bring to the table. Denying a young girl the opportunity to make her own empowered choices greatly diminishes the power of a country to develop successfully.

Defunding Planned Parenthood Wouldn't Affect Me -- And That Should Matter To Everyone

Michelle Tang | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics
Michelle Tang

While defunding Planned Parenthood won't make the slightest difference in my everyday life, it could dramatically impact already-marginalized women and negatively affect our economy. Here's why.

America's First Birth Control Clinic Opened a Century Ago, in Brooklyn

Ellen Freudenheim | Posted 09.30.2015 | Women
Ellen Freudenheim

The building no longer exists. No plaque marks the site. But from Sanger's activism, the movement that today is represented by Planned Parenthood emerged. And as everyone (and especially women) know, a century later the fight for free reproductive choice that Margaret Sanger launched still grinds on.

Today, We Fight Back

Cecile Richards | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics
Cecile Richards

We know exactly what Planned Parenthood does for millions of people in this country, and we will not let those committed to ending abortion access use fraud and deception to cut millions of people off from high-quality preventive care.

Why I'm Done Saying Sorry

Danielle Campoamor | Posted 09.28.2015 | Women
Danielle Campoamor

I'm done saying sorry for the way in which I've used my body. I won't apologize for the number of lovers I've had or how much sex I've enjoyed or how promiscuous I've been. I won't apologize for expressing a very natural part of myself, especially when it makes me feel beautiful and exotic and fulfilled.

Celebrating the Sustainable Development Goals -- Without Fear!

Purnima Mane | Posted 09.25.2015 | Impact
Purnima Mane

To see such passion and conviction in our world's new development agenda fills me with hope and renewed energy to do my part in making it happen.

Alabama's Chemical Endangerment Laws: Where the War on Drugs Meets the War on Women

Katherine Koster | Posted 10.05.2015 | Crime
Katherine Koster

The criminalization of drug use during pregnancy as "fetal endangerment" is not a new revelation. But the extent to which pregnant women are being criminalized for drug use is.

No More Déjà Vu

Alexander Sanger | Posted 09.25.2015 | Impact
Alexander Sanger

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will define the global development agenda for the next 15 years, will be formally adopted by heads of state at the United Nations beginning today.

Bill Nye: 'Can We Stop Telling Women What To Do With Their Bodies?'

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 09.25.2015 | Women

"When it comes to women’s rights with respect to their reproduction, I think you should leave it to women." That's what Bill Nye has t...

An Open Letter to Pope Francis

Gina Messina-Dysert | Posted 09.22.2015 | Religion
Gina Messina-Dysert

You have called for a year of mercy, a time where all should be absolved of their sins if they confess. With the utmost respect, I wonder, will this be a time when the Vatican confesses its sins against women?

Wendy Davis Nails The Hypocrisy Of Some Anti-Abortion Rhetoric

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 09.22.2015 | Women

Wendy Davis lost her run for governor of Texas, but that doesn't mean she's going to stop speaking up about the political issues her candidacy wa...

Why Women Are Shouting Out Their Abortion Stories On Twitter

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 09.23.2015 | Women

Women on Twitter are sharing their stories to help end the shame and stigma surrounding abortion.  Activists Lindy West, Amelia Bonow and Kimberl...

Men On Twitter Are Standing Up For A Woman's Right To Choice

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 09.16.2015 | Women

Twitter is buzzing today with the voices of men who support women's rights -- specifically, the right to choose.  Activism and advocacy group NAR...

The House Has Time for Planned Parenthood Smear, But Not for Voting Rights?

Minister Leslie Watson Malachi | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics
Minister Leslie Watson Malachi

It's time to stop these distractions from what is the real threat to people of color. We are not threatened by having and exercising the right for women to make decisions about their own bodies. What is threatening are the continued efforts, decades after the end of Jim Crow, to bar us from our own democracy.

The Arson Attack On Planned Parenthood

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 09.08.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

Attacks on women's self-determination in body, mind and spirit are a staple of our political life because they work. Unless and until we confront the root reasons why patterns of violence against women work, both overt and covert violence against women will continue to be a political mainstay.

I'm All in for Hillary Clinton, My Next President

Stacey Newman | Posted 09.05.2015 | Politics
Stacey Newman

When I was nine years old, I asked why my older brother got the fun chores like mowing the grass instead of having to do the hated dishes every night ...

Kim Davis: Canary in the Coal Mine Called Theocracy

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 09.03.2015 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

Whether it's denial of marriage licenses to same-sex couples or denial of reproductive health care to women, the trend of conflating individual religious beliefs with public policy decisions is a slippery and dangerous slope to the erosion of genuine religious liberty

Why Hillary Clinton Has the Best Track Record on Women's Issues

Andrea Dew Steele | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics
Andrea Dew Steele

"Women's rights are human rights." This simple sentence declared by then-First Lady Hillary Clinton at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 resonated around the world. Millions of women heard this as a declaration that they mattered, that their daughters mattered.

Attacks on Reproductive Justice Are Attacks on Women of Color

Minister Leslie Watson Malachi | Posted 08.31.2015 | Black Voices
Minister Leslie Watson Malachi

For years, women of color and low-income women have heard this patriarchal message from various messengers implying that we are naive, misguided, and lack the intellectual capacity to make personal, critical, often difficult, informed decisions about our lives in general and our bodies more specifically.

Why Bernie Sanders Is Best on Women's Issues

Heather Gautney | Posted 08.29.2015 | Politics
Heather Gautney

Many people believe that electing a woman president will help. I'm not so sure. Does breaking glass ceilings constitute a real political strategy -- that's capable of improving women's lives? And does voting one's gender really translate to voting one's interest?

Bogus Planned Parenthood Attack Are Part Of A Long History Of Deceptive Videos

Marge Baker | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics
Marge Baker

Deceptively edited videos by self-proclaimed "citizen journalists" making easily disprovable claims have become a key tool in the right's playbook. We can't let them get away with it this time.

Hillary Clinton Compares GOP's 'Extreme Views' On Women To Those Of Terrorist Groups

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics

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Someone Is Missing From the Debate on Ohio's Bill to Ban Down Syndrome Abortions

Kari Wagner-Peck | Posted 08.26.2015 | Impact
Kari Wagner-Peck

My alliance is obviously with the pro-choice contingent, but I was disappointed with their advocates making no mention of people with Down Syndrome. They only spoke about "Down Syndrome" as a potential cause for concern for expectant mothers.

Why Your Voice Matters If We Want to Curb Birth Trauma & Stop Human Rights Violations During Childbirth

Arianna Taboada | Posted 08.18.2015 | Women
Arianna Taboada

We can't tackle the monstrosities of physical abuse, verbal abuse, non-consented clinical care, ineffective communication, stigma and discrimination by ourselves. Believe me, we have been trying.