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Reproductive Rights

Reproductive Health: The Battle Resumes

Robert Walker | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
Robert Walker

Based upon their scores, each state received a "core" grade (A, B, C, D or F), but some states received an additional "plus" or a "minus" for factors not reflected in the core grade, such as pending regulations or legislation. Only 17 states received a B- or higher.

Abortion Rights Are Human Rights

Terry O'Neill | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

During the debate over health care reform, we often heard that health care is a basic human right. That's true -- and just as true is the fact that women have the basic human right to safe, legal abortion care.

Ebola and Pregnant Women: A Tragedy to Be Addressed in Recovery Plans

Anika Rahman | Posted 03.09.2015 | Impact
Anika Rahman

We know that the Ebola pandemic is causing a social and humanitarian crisis in several West African nations. What is now emerging is that it is a catastrophe, perhaps even a death sentence, for pregnant women.

Why This Woman Live-Tweeted Her IUD Insertion

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 01.07.2015 | Women

In the name of sexual health transparency, reproductive rights activist and New York Abortion Access Fund board member Alison Turkos shared the proces...

Saying Goodbye, and Hello to 2015

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 03.01.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Fran Moreland Johns

My friend M has died, just shy of the old year's end and significantly decreasing the joy of the new. But her dying was full of life lessons about saying goodbye, being grateful and trying to ring in a better planet for the days ahead.

Dr. America's Top 10 Health Justice Accomplishments of 2014

Sanjeev K. Sriram | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics
Sanjeev K. Sriram

As 2014 closes, I want to take a moment to look back at what We the People accomplished in health policy and health justice this year. By celebrating these accomplishments, I hope our community of activists can find inspiration to keep up the hard work that waits for us in 2015.  

How 2014 Was A Bad Year For Women But A Good Year For Feminism

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 12.24.2014 | Women

Women's rights advocates didn't have it easy this past year, what with the Hobby Lobby decision limiting birth control access, Missouri's Abortion Per...

Appeals Court Strikes Down North Carolina Ultrasound Law

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics

A federal appeals court declared as unconstitutional on Monday a North Carolina law requiring abortion providers to show a woman an ultrasound and des...

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: A 2014 Round-Up

Alexander Sanger | Posted 02.17.2015 | Women
Alexander Sanger

Once again, we've had a year of ups and downs, a year of strong stands for women's rights and crushing defeats. Here's a quick run-down of some of the most memorable moments of 2014.

Securing the Future With Youth Reproductive Health

John Seager | Posted 02.15.2015 | Impact
John Seager

Without the ability to control when and how to have a family, young people won't be able to drive the economic and social progress needed to secure a prosperous future for our planet and its inhabitants.

Catherine Pearson

Why It Matters That Women Talk About Their Abortions

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 12.15.2014 | Women

When Debra Hauser was 35 and a new mom to a 6-month-old boy, her husband went to work one day and did not come come home. She did not know where he wa...

6 Things To Understand When Talking About Abortion

David A. Grimes | Posted 02.09.2015 | Women
David A. Grimes

Incorrect, misleading, and inflammatory language obfuscates, rather than illuminates, the discussion around abortion. Words matter. We should all choose them carefully.

Samantha Lachman

GOP Legislators File Several Overlapping Abortion Restrictions in South Carolina

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican lawmakers in South Carolina have pre-filed a slew of legislation concerning abortion in an attempt to avoid a repeat of the l...

We Must Not Forget Sexual and Reproductive Health And Rights For All

Katja Iversen | Posted 02.04.2015 | Impact
Katja Iversen

Together, let's make this the "century of women" that the Secretary-General has called for -- but let's not forget about girls.

Samantha Lachman

Virginia Board Votes To Amend Harsh Abortion Clinic Regulations

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics

Virginia's Board of Health voted Thursday to begin a process of revising tough restrictions on abortion clinics, in a setback for abortion opponents. ...

A Move Forward for Abortion Rights in the Dominican Republic

Alexander Sanger | Posted 01.31.2015 | Impact
Alexander Sanger

No woman should have to risk imprisonment to access the health services she needs, wants, and deserves. This is an important step forwards for a region with some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the world.

Moving Beyond Botched Sterilizations: Human Rights and Reproductive Health Care

Anika Rahman | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics
Anika Rahman

Current instances of coercive contraceptive practices cast a dark shadow over the equally important reality of the pervasive and daily violations of human rights that occur by depriving millions of people of their right to reproductive health care, including family planning.

U.S. Law and Policy Should Uphold and Support a Woman's Personal Decisions About Her Pregnancy

Ann M. Starrs | Posted 01.24.2015 | Women
Ann M. Starrs

Policymakers and the courts should ensure that women like Young who want to achieve a healthy pregnancy are reasonably accommodated by their employers without sacrificing their economic security.

Lobbying for Women in Hungary

John Feffer | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics
John Feffer

Activist Judit Hatfaludi took a position with Hungary's Feminist Network to coordinate a campaign to lobby for the pro-choice bill back in the '90s. We recently caught up about the current state of women's issues in Hungary, why the annual Pride marches are no longer like jubilees, and what she does now in her current work as a shaman.

Reproductive Health on National Rural Health Day

Melanie Zurek | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Melanie Zurek

As rural families navigate these obstacles, we see people coming together to help each other in meeting a variety of needs. Rural women and their families and friends, fill in the gaps -- raise funds, babysit, cover for each other at work and drive each other long distances.

The U.S. Isn't in the Business of Bigotry, Are We?

Terry O'Neill | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

Birth control is life-saving, life-affirming health care for women. There is nothing "pro-life" about restricting birth control, and religion is no excuse for this dangerous and ugly form of discrimination.

How a GOP Congress Could Harm Women Worldwide

John Seager | Posted 01.18.2015 | Politics
John Seager

What do a 25-year-old woman in Dhaka, Bangladesh and an 18-year-old woman in Niamey, Niger have in common? Their lives could be threatened by destructive measures passed by the new GOP-controlled Congress.

On the Tragic Deaths and Injuries Sustained by Women in the Indian State of Chhattisgarh

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

Tewodros Melesse, Director-General of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), and I are deeply saddened by the reports of the tragic deaths and injuries sustained by women undergoing surgical contraception in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh.

Laura Bassett

Gillibrand: Democrats Did Not Talk Too Much About 'Women's Issues'

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) insisted Wednesday that Democrats didn't run too hard on so-called "women's issues" during the midterms...

Election 2014: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Lisa Maatz | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Lisa Maatz

The midterm election results produced some good, bad and truly ugly news for women and families. For better or for worse, women voters (and the women who stayed home) were instrumental in all three outcomes.