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Reproductive Rights

A Slut Manifesto

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 05.09.2012 | Politics
Soraya Chemaly

Every woman, even one simply speaking intelligently in her own interest, is a potential slut. A slut is also any woman who wants to control her reproduction, build a life, earn a living of her own, dress how she wants, and take care of her health and her family.

Fired Up! Republicans Are Taking the Country Back ... in Time

Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm | Posted 05.09.2012 | Politics
Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm

Between Rush Limbaugh, Governor McDonnell and the U.S. House of Representatives, it's been an ugly week in the war on women. So what can you do about this?

Elise Foley

Pollster: There's No Democrat Conspiracy On Sandra Fluke

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 03.10.2012 | Politics

Pollster Celinda Lake responded on Friday to the rumblings of conservative commentators who claim the Obama administration planted Georgetown law stud...

Who's Getting Paid to Have Sex? The Politicization of Female Sexuality

Nicole Skibola | Posted 05.09.2012 | Politics
Nicole Skibola

We need to think about gender parity as not equal expenditure by an employer on male and female employees, but equal treatment as to the physiological needs of each sex.

International Women's Day and Latina's health

Destiny Lopez | Posted 05.08.2012 | Latino Voices
Destiny Lopez

Politics should not stand in the way of women's access to family planning. Investing in women's health leads to a healthier, more prosperous society -- this is the legacy we should be exporting.

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.