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Reproductive Rights

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 ...

Why The Affordable Care Act Should Cover Infertility

Melissa Miles McCarter | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Melissa Miles McCarter

A current petition to Whitehouse.gov asks for infertility treatments to be covered by the Affordable Care Act. The fact that it isn't already covered is concerning for a number of reasons.

Why I Strongly Oppose the Republican Anti-Choice Bill

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

Under this legislation, women whose lives are in danger would be prohibited from receiving a safe and legal abortion after 20 weeks -- even when their doctor determines it is medically necessary. Doctors could face up to five years in jail for acting to prevent serious and potentially lifelong harm to their patient. In addition, the bill would enact senseless barriers for rape victims.

People Who Are Anti-Abortion Are Also Sexist, Worrying Study Finds

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 05.13.2015 | Women

A new study has found a link between sexism and anti-abortion attitudes. PhD candidate Stephanie Begun and professor N. Eugene Walls published a s...

What Boko Haram Can Teach Us About the Sustainable Development Goals

Suzanne Ehlers | Posted 05.11.2015 | World
Suzanne Ehlers

In a world of difficult choices, access to sexual and reproductive health is the one bet we can count on for the dignity and improvement of women's lives and for our collective future.

To Be or Not to Be... A Mom

Pamela Barnes | Posted 05.10.2015 | Women
Pamela Barnes

Motherhood is a transformational experience, and the decision to become a mother should be a choice that every woman is empowered to make for herself.

End Hyde And Make Abortion Accessible To All

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

We must draw a line in the sand. We must make clear to our lawmakers that denying abortion coverage in any form on any bill is never ok. Not in the budget, not in appropriations, not in a stand-alone bill. If we believe that reproductive freedom is a constitutional value as important as any other, we have to fight back.

Progressive Groups Urge North Carolina Governor Not To Break Abortion Promise

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics

Progressive groups are traveling around North Carolina urging Gov. Pat McCrory (R) to keep a campaign promise not to sign any new restrictions on abor...

I (Heart) Planned Parenthood

Andrew Kukla | Posted 05.05.2015 | Religion
Andrew Kukla

I don't love why Planned Parenthood exists. I don't love that too many states allow legislators to restrict women's health. What I love is the dedicated staff of people who are doing the ministry of caring for people. "Care. No matter what." Those are words to live by. As a Christian, I say it proudly: I love Planned Parenthood.

How To Talk To Your Kids About Bernie Sanders

Kimberly Harrington | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Kimberly Harrington

There's no telling what sort of blood lust this whole Bernie Sanders situation could unleash in our household and I'm betting your family is struggling with the same sense of unease. I've put together some answers to use when fielding common questions from your kids.

Half Of Abortion Clinics In Ohio Have Closed In The Past 4 Years

Associated Press | Julie Carr Smyth | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The number of abortion providers in Ohio has shrunk by half amid a flurry of restrictive new laws over the past four years, an...

Birth Control and the Human-Wildlife Connection

John Seager | Posted 05.01.2015 | Green
John Seager

Champions of fossil fuels and others have long tried to frame the debate as a choice between either helping humans or helping the environment. But they're shortsighted and wrong. Helping humans helps the environment.

Why I Strongly Oppose the GOP Effort to Undermine the D.C. Reproductive Health Law

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

This D.C. law prevents employers from making hiring and firing decisions based on a woman's reproductive choices, and incredibly even those of her daughter, regarding contraceptives, abortions or out of wedlock pregnancies.

Samantha Lachman

House Votes To Overturn D.C. Reproductive Health Discrimination Law

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives approved a measure Thursday night that would reverse a Washington law preventing employers from retaliating...

Emma Gray

The Troubling Subtext Of Sofia Vergara's Ex's Embryo-Focused Op-Ed

HuffingtonPost.com | Emma Gray | Posted 04.30.2015 | Women

This morning, the New York Times published an op-ed by Nick Loeb, a man who wants to use two embryos he created with his ex-fiancee, despite her objec...

Post-Ebola Sierra Leone: Leadership Needed to Keep Pregnant Young Girls in School

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 06.28.2015 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

Not only is this a poorly cloaked assault on the right to education for these girls, it ignores the reality of what young girls in Sierra Leone face in terms of control over their bodies as well as access to reproductive health services.

Women's Political Aspirations and Reproductive Rights Remain Destructively Tethered

Michele Goodwin | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Michele Goodwin

This week, pro-life advocates in Congress struck another heavy blow against equality and reproductive justice by contaminating an otherwise uncontroversial anti-human trafficking bill, which had strong bipartisan support, with anti-abortion restrictions.

North Carolina House Passes 72-Hour Waiting Period For Abortions

Reuters | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

By Marti Maguire RALEIGH, N.C., April 23 (Reuters) - North Carolina women seeking abortions would have to wait 72 hours after consulting a doctor b...

GOP Potentates: House Republicans Descend to New Lows

Kathleen Frydl | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Frydl

For most of my adult life, I have been aware that Republicans have sought to regulate my body through criminal punishment. But until Tuesday, I did not realize that they had it mind to criminally regulate my gaze as well.

On This Earth Day, Invest in Family Planning

Alexander Sanger | Posted 06.22.2015 | Impact
Alexander Sanger

When you empower individuals and families with the information and services they need to make decisions around reproduction and sexuality, you fundamentality create more a more just and sustainable world.

Abortion Stigma And The Case of Purvi Patel

Anu Kumar | Posted 06.21.2015 | Women
Anu Kumar

Abortion transgresses three "feminine" ideals: That female sexuality should only be for the purposes of procreation; the inevitability of motherhood; and that women are inherently and instinctively nurturing.

Roseanne Blasts America's 'Bullsh*t War' On Abortion

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 04.20.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Roseanne Barr's new documentary "Roseanne For President!" documents her 2012 run for the Oval Office, and even though she wasn't successful, the comed...

A Golden Opportunity to Tackle Gender Inequality

Tewodros Melesse | Posted 06.17.2015 | Women
Tewodros Melesse

We think we need to move the debate even further so we can try to tackle these challenges and at this moment, we have a golden opportunity to do that.

Genome Editing: Time to Ask the Tough Questions

Silvia Camporesi | Posted 06.13.2015 | Science
Silvia Camporesi

"What are the moral implications of genome editing?" is the question that has been posed by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics regarding the new CRISPR-Cas9 mediated germ-line genome editing technique, which allows targeted modification of DNA sequences at the level of the germ-line, i.e. gametes (eggs and sperm).