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Reproductive Rights

Comic: Person Costume

Carolita Johnson | Posted 01.01.2012 | Comedy
Carolita Johnson


Personhood: Why Beginning Life at Conception Carries Risks, Even for Anti-Abortion Activists

Sarika Bansal | Posted 01.01.2012 | Politics
Sarika Bansal

Sadly, by granting equivalent legal rights to fertilized eggs, the personhood amendment may tip the scales and begin prioritizing the zygote over the post-born person.

Seven Billion People & Women's Rights: What Is the Connection?

Anushay Hossain | Posted 01.01.2012 | World
Anushay Hossain

Reaching seven billion may be a milestone today, but unless we address women being able to access modern contraception, this number will only increase and bring with it dire consequences.

Ribbons Without Rights Don't Save Lives

Serra Sippel | Posted 12.31.2011 | World
Serra Sippel

When the U.S. government starts integrating sexual and reproductive health interventions, it cannot be piecemeal -- the full range of reproductive health matters must be addressed.

7 Billion and Climbing: The Population Challenge

Robert Walker | Posted 12.26.2011 | World
Robert Walker

In a world where severe poverty and hunger is on the rise, continued population growth is not cause for celebration. It's cause for concern and concerted action.

Do U.S. Abortion Restrictions Violate Human Rights?

Anu Kumar | Posted 12.25.2011 | Politics
Anu Kumar

In the United States this year, we have seen law after law passed that clearly violates international human rights standards.

Stand Up for Our Rights? (Repubs Flame Birth Control)

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics
Ellen R. Shaffer

28 Republican Senators have written to protest that the HHS decision to cover contraception as a preventive health care service interferes with the constitutional right of your religious employer to dictate whether or not you use birth control.

Judge Refuses To Block Controversial Kansas Abortion Law

AP | ROXANA HEGEMAN | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics

WICHITA, Kan. — A federal judge refused Thursday to block a new Kansas law restricting insurance coverage for abortions, saying opponents failed...

On Menopause: Men Know Nothing -- It's Time To Change

Yashar Ali | Posted 11.09.2011 | Women
Yashar Ali

I really can't imagine a man "just living with" something as emotionally and physically traumatizing as menopause.

White House Cleans Up Republican-Caused Casualties to Women's Health Programs

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 11.20.2011 | Women
Rep. Mike Honda

President Barack Obama's increasing access for millions of women to birth control, breast pumps, HIV tests and five categories of preventive services ...

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...