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Reproductive Rights

Judge Blocks Florida Law Requiring 24-Hour Waiting Period For Abortions

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics

A Florida judge on Tuesday blocked a new state law that requires Floridians seeking abortions to wait 24 hours before being able to undergo the proced...

Steps Forward in Haiti, Steps Backward at Home

Susan M. Blaustein | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Susan M. Blaustein

Things got off to a slower-than-usual start one hot morning in June, at the Alyans Sante Borgne (ASB) Women's Health mobile clinic in Tibouk, a tiny riverside market town in northernmost Haiti.

Talking to Our Kids: The Conversation We Should Be Having

Jose Calderon | Posted 06.29.2015 | Latino Voices
Jose Calderon

Despite the importance of sexual health, many Latino parents, often weighed down by outdated notions of shame and propriety, are failing to provide their sons and daughters with the information to make smart decisions about their sexual lives. The consequences of this silence are crippling.

Samantha Lachman

Judge Blocks Kansas Law Banning Procedure Used In Most Second-Trimester Abortions

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Kansas judge on Thursday blocked a law that would have effectively banned the majority of second-trimester abortions performed in the ...

Men in the Movement: Fathers, Partners and More

Alexander Sanger | Posted 06.23.2015 | Impact
Alexander Sanger

We still have a long way to go in ensuring that men play an active role not only in their own health, but the health of their families. As a man in the movement for sexual and reproductive health and rights, I know it will take each and every one of us -- men and women alike -- to achieve gender equality in our lifetimes.

How 36 Women React To The Word 'Abortion'

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 06.19.2015 | Women

A new video shows the varied ways women feel about reproductive rights. In the latest video from their "One Word" series, Cut Video asked 36 women,...

Iowa Supreme Court Strikes Down Telemedicine Abortion Ban

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics

The Supreme Court of Iowa unanimously ruled Friday that Planned Parenthood clinics in the state may continue using a telemedicine abortion system to p...

9 Ancient Abortion Methods So Terrible You'll Be Even More Grateful For The Right To Choose

Bustle | Posted 06.18.2015 | Women
Bustle

Abortion is both a tricky and a touchy subject. In the midst of fervent pro-choice and pro-life debates today, we can lose sight of the fact that abortion actually has a long medical history.

Access to Contraception and Comprehensive Sex Education Reduce Need for Abortions

Julie Burkhart | Posted 06.18.2015 | Women
Julie Burkhart

Some of the sharpest drops in abortion rates occurred in states that are supportive of women's reproductive rights, such as Washington State, New York and Oregon. These states do not restrict access to abortion, and they do prioritize improving access to health care more broadly.

The Texas Abortion Decision and the Right's 'Women's Health' Gambit

Miranda Blue | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Miranda Blue

This -- closing abortion clinics while chipping away at Roe in the courts -- is the goal of legislation like that in Texas. But, of course, Republican leaders aren't mentioning in this in their praise of the Fifth Circuit's decision. Instead, Attorney General Ken Paxton reacted to the ruling by calling it "a victory for life and women's health."

Samantha Lachman

Many Clinics Likely To Close As Federal Appeals Court Upholds Texas Abortion Restrictions

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld some of the most onerous parts of a Texas abortion law, which is...

Survey: Abortions Declining In Nearly All States

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics

DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer Abortions have declined in states where new laws make it harder to have them — but they've also waned in states w...

Bill Blocks Crisis Centers From Misleading Women

Toni G. Atkins | Posted 08.28.2015 | Women
Toni G. Atkins

This bill is not about limiting free speech -- it is about empowering patients to make informed decisions about their health based on credible information.

Samantha Lachman

Why This Ob-Gyn And Her Father Are Suing Kansas To Stop Its New Abortion Ban

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Working as an abortion provider is increasingly dangerous in any state, let alone in Kansas. But the father-daughter pair of Drs. He...

Kim Bellware

Doctors Sue Over Arizona Abortion Law They Say Forces Them To Lie To Patients

HuffingtonPost.com | Kim Bellware | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics

A new Arizona law would unconstitutionally force doctors to lie to their patients about the reversibility of medical abortions, according to a lawsuit...

Samantha Lachman

Colorado Republican Tries To Thread The Needle On Abortion

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Republican state Senator in Colorado who says she believes pregnant women should have a "full array" of choices also said she wouldn't...

Honoring Dr. George Tiller

Julie Burkhart | Posted 06.02.2015 | Women
Julie Burkhart

It's been a challenging few years for reproductive rights advocates, and yet, this community has demonstrated its resilience and commitment to protecting women's rights.

Scott Walker Doesn't Get Why His 'Cool' Ultrasound Remark Was So Offensive -- And That's The Problem

Michael Keegan | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Michael Keegan

Sure, an ultrasound could be "cool". What's not "cool" is if the state mandates that you undergo a medically unnecessary procedure in an effort to prevent you, an adult woman whose circumstances your politicians have no right to know or judge, from making a choice.

I Was Pro-Life, Until I Accidentally Got Pregnant

xoJANE | Posted 05.31.2015 | Women
xoJANE

I was 23. I was about to get married. Then I got pregnant. In a reaction that surprised me to my very "abortion is murder" core, the first thought that went through my brain was "Get an abortion."

Janie Velencia

Percentage Of Pro-Choice Americans Is Highest Since 2008

HuffingtonPost.com | Janie Velencia | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics

The percentage of Americans who describe themselves as "pro-choice" is the highest it's been in seven years. According to a Gallup poll published F...

Appeals Court Strikes Down Arkansas Law Banning Abortion At 12 Weeks

Reuters | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics

(Adds details from decision, background) May 27 (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday struck down an Arkansas law that banned ...

Texas State Senate OKs Latest Set Of Abortion Restrictions

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics

The Republican-controlled Texas state Senate gave preliminary approval on Monday to a set of new restrictions on minors seeking abortions without a pa...

End the Inequity, End Fistula

Pamela Barnes | Posted 06.01.2015 | Impact
Pamela Barnes

Fistula is almost entirely preventable with access to family planning and quality maternal health care, and it can be treated with fistula repair surgery. Yet, roughly one to two million girls and women continue to suffer from obstetric fistula, primarily in Africa and Asia.

The Future of Surrogacy in Minnesota

Erin Havel | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Erin Havel

There will be a few challenges along the way, and here's a big one. You found your life's mate and you are ready to start a family. The only trouble is, because of your medical history, your body is incapable of holding a pregnancy to term.

39 Contemporary Artists Standing Up For Planned Parenthood Today

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 05.15.2015 | Arts

"I am too intelligent, too demanding, and too resourceful for anyone to be able to take charge of me entirely," Simone de Beauvoir once said. "No one ...