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Reproductive Rights

Why D.C. Must Be Free

Avis Jones-DeWeever | Posted 11.14.2011 | DC
Avis Jones-DeWeever

How ironic, the basic tenets of U.S. citizenship so freely given throughout the nation remain elusive in the lives of those who live within the confines of the capital city.

Sperm Donor Fathers 150 Kids, System Under Spotlight

The Huffington Post | Mark Hanrahan | Posted 11.06.2011 | Healthy Living

Concerns are being raised about the lack of regulation of sperm donors in the United States, after one anonymous man was found to have fathered 150 ch...

As Congress Returns, Women Will Need Courageous Leaders

Serra Sippel | Posted 11.06.2011 | Politics
Serra Sippel

A remorseless House of Representatives returns to Capitol Hill today, armed with a grim anti-woman agenda. Brace yourself for another tiresome, ideological attack on women's health and rights, in the form, once again, of the Global Gag Rule.

Kansas To Comply With Planned Parenthood Order

AP | By ROXANA HEGEMAN | Posted 10.31.2011 | Politics

WICHITA, Kan. -- Kansas officials said Wednesday the state will obey a federal judge's order to immediately fund Planned Parenthood clinics while the ...

Judge Strikes Down Key Provisions Of Texas Abortion Law

AP | JIM VERTUNO | Posted 10.30.2011 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked key provisions of Texas' new law requiring a doctor to perform a sonogram before an abortion,...

Don't Ignore Women's Health

Carolyn M. Mazure | Posted 10.17.2011 | Women
Carolyn M. Mazure

Yes, we are struggling with costs, deficits and debt. Yet, for those who think it is a good idea to overturn health reform and simply cut taxes, please be aware that it is the women you love who will be most affected.

Perry: I'm Against It

Robert Walker | Posted 10.16.2011 | Politics
Robert Walker

Fortunately for all those who crave political consistency above all else, Gov. Perry's latest about face brings him solidly in line with the religious right on any issue relating to reproductive health and rights. Aren't you glad that's clear?

House GOP Revives Global War on Women's Health With "Gag Rule"

Michelle Chen | Posted 10.07.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

While Congress was playing fiscal roulette last month, House Republicans quietly advanced their attack on reproductive choice, too.

Laura Bassett

Texas Planned Parenthood Clinic Attacked With Molotov Cocktail | Laura Bassett | Posted 09.27.2011 | Politics

A McKinney, Texas, Planned Parenthood clinic that does not provide abortions was attacked with a Molotov cocktail late Tuesday night, causing a small ...

The Most Shocking Thing My Mother Ever Told Me About Sex (And How It's Shaped My Politics)

Keli Goff | Posted 09.25.2011 | Women
Keli Goff

Recently my mother told me something shocking. When she decided that her family was complete and sought to have her tubes tied, she was told that her husband would have to sign a form giving his consent.

Reproductive Rights and Health: Time for New Commitment

Steve Heilig | Posted 09.21.2011 | San Francisco
Steve Heilig

In California, reproductive choice has long been considered relatively safe, due in no small part to our elected leadership -- many of whom happen to be women. Is that coincidence? I doubt it.

Summer Reading

Barbara Lee | Posted 09.21.2011 | Books
Barbara Lee

Are you still looking for books to take with you on summer vacation? From my bookshelf to yours, here are a few of my favorites:

Embracing Straight Talk About Family Planning for the World's Women

Suzanne Ehlers | Posted 09.13.2011 | Impact
Suzanne Ehlers

The simple truth is that family planning has helped me build my life, and it allows me to work full-time for PAI, where we are dedicated to giving women around the world the chance to build theirs.

Laura Bassett

Kansas Hires Koch Brothers' Attorneys To Defend Against Planned Parenthood | Laura Bassett | Posted 09.11.2011 | Politics

After passing a measure to defund Planned Parenthood over the non-issue of "taxpayer-funded abortions" last month, the state of Kansas has hired an ex...

Lucas Kavner

Comedian And 'Daily Show' Co-Creator Tours For Planned Parenthood | Lucas Kavner | Posted 08.31.2011 | Impact

Lizz Winstead, comedian and co-creator of "The Daily Show," has been selling out comedy shows across the country for the past few years. With her shar...

Is Illinois Abortion Notification Law Constitutional? Court To Decide

Posted 08.17.2011 | Chicago

Though the Illinois law requiring a teenage girl's parents be notified before she has an abortion passed in 1995, it has thus far gone completely unen...

The Opening of a Russian Front in the Abortion Wars

Merle Hoffman | Posted 10.03.2012 | World
Merle Hoffman

Russia has embraced their very own anti-choice movement, and it looks strikingly like ours here in the U.S. In all of these calculations, women are the losers.

Rick Santorum: The Hapless Holy Warrior Starts Another Crusade

Michael Keegan | Posted 08.08.2011 | Politics
Michael Keegan

It's hard to predict what could happen in the GOP primary, but at this point, Rick Santorum's barely-limping-along campaign seems in need of divine intervention.

Why Ending HIV Starts With Women - Today

Serra Sippel | Posted 08.08.2011 | World
Serra Sippel

We can end HIV/AIDS right now if we want to. We already know how. We know how it's transmitted; we know how to prevent and treat it. We're just not doing what it takes to end it.

MADRE's Vision for Women Worldwide

Clare Richardson | Posted 07.20.2011 | Impact
Clare Richardson

For AOL's Monster Help Day, I volunteered at MADRE sorting donations of eyeglasses, contact lenses and cleaning solutions to be sent to doctors in Nicaragua.

Still Looking for a Champion: Reproductive Health Under the Obama Administration

Jon O'Brien | Posted 07.11.2011 | Politics
Jon O'Brien

When Obama was elected president, reproductive rights advocates hoped that we had found a champion. But his failure to lead on the reproductive rights front has exemplified the high price of standing still.

Mother's Day

Carolita Johnson | Posted 07.08.2011 | Comedy
Carolita Johnson


Should Adoption Be a Reproductive Right?

Cristina Page | Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics
Cristina Page

Just like women who choose abortion, women who make an adoption plan are subject to shame, coercion, misinformation, unfavorable laws, and the politicization of their choice. It is here that the reproductive rights movement may recognize a role for itself.

Counting to Ten Billion

Elizabeth Leahy Madsen | Posted 07.03.2011 | World
Elizabeth Leahy Madsen

The U.N.'s Population Division projected that the world will reach just over 10 billion by 2100, but this only shows us what would happen if today's demographic trends follow specific paths.

Planned Parenthood's Almost Demise, Michele Bachmann's Presidential Exploration and Geraldine Ferraro's Death Mark New Chapter in American History

Rebecca Sive | Posted 06.12.2011 | Chicago
Rebecca Sive

So we come to the prospect of a presidential run by a woman whose candidacy would have nothing to do with advancing the rights and security of American women. How far we have fallen.