The GOP has begun to turn up the temperature on the pots of water a bit too quickly, ensuring the frogs will jump out. Watching the gathering protests and escalating anger in Texas, Ohio and North Carolina these past two weeks has given me hope that people are paying more attention.
All these issues are connected -- education, health care, prenatal care, unemployment benefits, support for domestic violence services, early education, voting rights -- and access to birth control, accurate sex education, and abortion. This is how we make our state better.
Unlike what its name suggests, World Population Day is not just a day about numbers -- it's about people. It's a day designated to reaffirm everyone's right to plan the families they want, not what their circumstances dictate.
He is neither a doctor, nor a teacher, nor a soldier, nor a farmer, nor an engineer nor a job creator. He has expertise in nothing. And yet he is the author of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Act and cosponsor of the Life at Conception Act.
It really would seem that for all of Rick Perry's mansplaining to State Senator Wendy Davis about her obligations as a mother and emphasizing his love for the "sanctity of life," he only seems to be "pro-life" when it's politically convenient.
I am still shocked at your embarrassing display of unladylike conduct at the Texas Capitol the other night. Governor Perry was trying his best to spare you from pesky decisions regarding your lady parts, and rather than thanking him for Senate Bill 5, you got all hysterical.
These bills are more than staggering. They have nothing to do with protecting women. They will not promote health care. They are dangerous, they are extreme, and women are already paying the price in states where they have been enacted.
The LGBTQ equality and reproductive justice movements are so closely aligned in values but too frequently siloed off as unrelated. Reproductive justice and LGBTQ equality are not only rooted in the same principles, but many of our core issues overlap.
State legislatures across the country have enacted an avalanche of restrictions that deny women of their reproductive rights. Just this year alone, more than 300 anti-abortion measures have been introduced in the states -- in direct violation of Roe v. Wade.
Would a responsible parent wish to deny their child urgently needed health care? Not many parents would. But that's exactly what they are saying when they conflate the medical conversation about emergency contraception with the personal conversation about teenage sexuality.
A number of recent campaigns have taken an unfortunate approach to trying to tackle the issue of teen pregnancy. Rather than supplying youth with the tools and information they desperately need, they've chosen to simply try to shame young people out of parenthood.
Hopefully, with this decision, women all over the country will soon be able to walk into a pharmacy and pick up emergency contraception off the shelves, as soon as they need it -- no barriers, no shame.
For months Beatriz's government turned a blind eye to the advice of her doctors. Never mind that she would die without the opportunity to end her pregnancy, or that the fetus she carried was unviable. Never mind that she was already the mother of a young child.
May was a great month for showcasing the centrality of women to every single goal on the international agenda for development and poverty eradication. Dare I call it a watershed moment? It depends on what happens next.
With the post-2015 development goals due to the UN Secretary-General at the end of the month, Women Deliver 2013 will be a rallying call to ensure that women and girls -- and their rights and health -- are central to the future of global development.