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Reproductive Rights

The Politics of Being a Woman in a "Christian Nation"

Gina Messina-Dysert | Posted 08.17.2015 | Politics
Gina Messina-Dysert

The far right is pitting God against women. Mike Huckabee's support for the decision to deny a 10-year-old rape victim an abortion is just another example in a long history that continues this election season.

Why Is Childfree Living Still Taboo?

Bri Seeley | Posted 08.13.2015 | Women
Bri Seeley

It's better to know what you want and stand firm in your truth than to bend your desires and be unhappy in your life. Keep your chin up. Keep fighting for your dreams. And know that, no matter what, you're not alone.

This Is What Planned Parenthood Has Actually Done For People

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 08.05.2015 | Women

Contrary to what anti-abortion Republicans trying to defund Planned Parenthood may want you to believe, the organization is a vital healthcare so...

A Real Victory for Women and Girls

Françoise Girard | Posted 08.06.2015 | Impact
Françoise Girard

Women's groups were deeply involved in this process every step of the way because much was, and is, at stake for the girls of today and tomorrow. If this agenda is successfully carried out, by 2030 fewer girls will experience unwanted pregnancy and become infected with HIV.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Calls 'Choice' An Empty Concept For Poor Women

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the concept of "choice" is an ephemeral one for low-income women who live in states...

Just The Latest Attack On Planned Parenthood And The Women It Serves

Sen. Barbara Boxer | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Sen. Barbara Boxer

Let's be clear: this attack on women's health is the opposite of liberty. Republicans are using women's health and women's lives as a political football - and that is wrong.

Public Attitudes about Birth Control

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

Fifty years ago, just five years after the FDA approved the first birth control pill, the Supreme Court struck down a Connecticut state law that prohibited the use of "any drug, medicinal article, or instrument for the purpose of preventing conception," thereby making birth control legal nationwide for married couples.

Sperm Donors Who Wish to Remain Anonymous Just Shouldn't Donate.

Wendy Kramer | Posted 07.28.2015 | Parents
Wendy Kramer

Some offspring do long to know their genetic parents. If relationships evolve after connecting, then that's icing on the cake for all involved. It's time that the rights of donor conceived people to search for, and connect with their first degree genetic relatives are acknowledged.

6 Reasons Why Birth Control Should Be More Accessible in the United States

Kyle McCarthy | Posted 07.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Kyle McCarthy

In most countries in the world, women are able to access birth control without a prescription. However, today, women in the United States are unable to get birth control over-the-counter. But in two states this is about to change.

Salvador's Draconian Abortion Laws: A Miscarriage of Justice

Medea Benjamin | Posted 07.27.2015 | World
Medea Benjamin

An overwhelming number of women in El Salvador -- particularly poor, unmarried, uneducated women -- face outrageous human rights violations as they are denied autonomy over their bodies. El Salvador has one of the strictest and most archaic anti-abortion laws in the world.

Republican Men Against Women's Rights

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics
Fran Moreland Johns

There is something unnerving about the rush of Republican presidential candidates to go on record as standing firmly against women's reproductive rights. They do not have the vaguest notion of what it is like to be pregnant as a result of abuse, incest, assault or a multitude of other wrongs, or simply what it is like to be a woman denied control of her own body.

Planned Parenthood Continues to Provide Care, No Matter What

Joan Malin | Posted 07.24.2015 | Women
Joan Malin

Planned Parenthood is the most trusted women's health care provider in this country. We will always fight for our patients and our staff, and we will continue to provide care in a safe, trusting, confidential environment, no matter what.

Will Development Financing Finally Level the Playing Field for Women and Girls?

Françoise Girard | Posted 07.13.2015 | World
Françoise Girard

Many governments still do not see the need to allocate or increase resources for efforts that would strengthen health systems to reduce maternal mortality, address violence against women, ensure access to sexual and reproductive health care, and end child marriage. In fact, these areas should be priorities if we are to achieve sustainable development for generations to come.

Learning from Colorado's Contraception Success

Mark Edwards | Posted 07.06.2015 | Denver
Mark Edwards

There is a lot to celebrate about the stunning reduction in teen pregnancy and abortion rates as a result of Colorado's initiative to reduce unintended pregnancy. Among other things, the initiative ensured that women in Colorado got access to the most effective forms of contraception.

Bristol Palin, Stop Judging the World. World, Stop Judging Bristol Palin.

Chelsea Stone | Posted 07.07.2015 | Women
Chelsea Stone

We are all a product of our upbringing, and Bristol grew up a fundamentalist Christian in a patriarchal society, the daughter of a highly visible Republican. She grew up surrounded by ideas of what a good woman is and what a good woman isn't. She is what she was raised to be.

Reproductive Malpractice and the U.S. Military

Dov Fox | Posted 07.04.2015 | Politics
Dov Fox

An outdated Supreme Court doctrine and congressional loophole leaves servicewomen unable to recover for the negligent prenatal care they receive in a military hospital. However egregious the malpractice and grave the suffering it causes, our law offers no recourse for the wrong done to the woman's procreative interest and to her child's physical and mental wellbeing.

More Women Should Choose a Home Over a Baby

Amanda Oliver | Posted 07.01.2015 | Women
Amanda Oliver

Sitting down and actually planning out whether you can afford to have a child should be a priority for every family. As much as we all work to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps, it also helps to be born into a family that is financially, and emotionally, prepared to handle parenting.

Judge Blocks Florida Law Requiring 24-Hour Waiting Period For Abortions

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics

A Florida judge on Tuesday blocked a new state law that requires Floridians seeking abortions to wait 24 hours before being able to undergo the proced...

Steps Forward in Haiti, Steps Backward at Home

Susan M. Blaustein | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Susan M. Blaustein

Things got off to a slower-than-usual start one hot morning in June, at the Alyans Sante Borgne (ASB) Women's Health mobile clinic in Tibouk, a tiny riverside market town in northernmost Haiti.

Talking to Our Kids: The Conversation We Should Be Having

Jose Calderon | Posted 06.29.2015 | Latino Voices
Jose Calderon

Despite the importance of sexual health, many Latino parents, often weighed down by outdated notions of shame and propriety, are failing to provide their sons and daughters with the information to make smart decisions about their sexual lives. The consequences of this silence are crippling.

Samantha Lachman

Judge Blocks Kansas Law Banning Procedure Used In Most Second-Trimester Abortions | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Kansas judge on Thursday blocked a law that would have effectively banned the majority of second-trimester abortions performed in the ...

Men in the Movement: Fathers, Partners and More

Alexander Sanger | Posted 06.23.2015 | Impact
Alexander Sanger

We still have a long way to go in ensuring that men play an active role not only in their own health, but the health of their families. As a man in the movement for sexual and reproductive health and rights, I know it will take each and every one of us -- men and women alike -- to achieve gender equality in our lifetimes.

How 36 Women React To The Word 'Abortion'

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 06.19.2015 | Women

A new video shows the varied ways women feel about reproductive rights. In the latest video from their "One Word" series, Cut Video asked 36 women,...

Iowa Supreme Court Strikes Down Telemedicine Abortion Ban

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics

The Supreme Court of Iowa unanimously ruled Friday that Planned Parenthood clinics in the state may continue using a telemedicine abortion system to p...

9 Ancient Abortion Methods So Terrible You'll Be Even More Grateful For The Right To Choose

Bustle | Posted 06.18.2015 | Women

Abortion is both a tricky and a touchy subject. In the midst of fervent pro-choice and pro-life debates today, we can lose sight of the fact that abortion actually has a long medical history.