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Reproductive Rights

The Gateway Fundamentalism of Kim Davis and Her Supporters

Sezin Koehler | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics
Sezin Koehler

Fundamentalism is a problem regardless of the religion to which it pertains, since it brings with it a highly conservative mentality that only benefits a few. Gateway fundamentalism is the slow and steady encroachment of religion through once-secular government and democratic processes.

The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 10.09.2015 | Impact
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

Attending the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) summit in New York is an amazing opportunity that the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) and I have been honoured to accept for the fourth year in a row.

House Republicans Create Special Committee To Harass Planned Parenthood

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 10.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans created a special committee on Wednesday to investigate abortions, fetal tissue procurement and the us...

Planned Parenthood Pursues Class Action Suit Against Arkansas

Reuters | Chloe Angyal | Posted 10.16.2015 | Politics

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Oct 6 (Reuters) - Planned Parenthood has sought class action status for its Medicaid patients in Arkansas after a U.S. judge order...

18 Real Things Republicans Have Said About Abortion And Planned Parenthood

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 10.06.2015 | Women

 Republican lawmakers have some... interesting views on abortion. In many states, women are already required to jump through incredible financial...

Now You Can 'Send Congress Your Uterus'

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 10.06.2015 | Women

If you're displeased with how an elected official is voting on reproductive rights issues, you can send them a postcard with a uterus on it. Frustrate...

Report: Abortion Restrictions Led to Longer Wait Times

Texas Tribune | Samantha Lachman | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics

Wait times to get an abortion in Texas have grown in some metropolitan areas, a trend that could be felt statewide if the U.S....

The Social Good Summit Taught Us Four Important Things About Reproductive Health & Rights

Joan Erakit | Posted 10.02.2015 | Impact
Joan Erakit

Nations are built upon the grace, perseverance and strength that women bring to the table. Denying a young girl the opportunity to make her own empowered choices greatly diminishes the power of a country to develop successfully.

Defunding Planned Parenthood Wouldn't Affect Me -- And That Should Matter To Everyone

Michelle Tang | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics
Michelle Tang

While defunding Planned Parenthood won't make the slightest difference in my everyday life, it could dramatically impact already-marginalized women and negatively affect our economy. Here's why.

America's First Birth Control Clinic Opened a Century Ago, in Brooklyn

Ellen Freudenheim | Posted 09.30.2015 | Women
Ellen Freudenheim

The building no longer exists. No plaque marks the site. But from Sanger's activism, the movement that today is represented by Planned Parenthood emerged. And as everyone (and especially women) know, a century later the fight for free reproductive choice that Margaret Sanger launched still grinds on.

Today, We Fight Back

Cecile Richards | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics
Cecile Richards

We know exactly what Planned Parenthood does for millions of people in this country, and we will not let those committed to ending abortion access use fraud and deception to cut millions of people off from high-quality preventive care.

Why I'm Done Saying Sorry

Danielle Campoamor | Posted 09.28.2015 | Women
Danielle Campoamor

I'm done saying sorry for the way in which I've used my body. I won't apologize for the number of lovers I've had or how much sex I've enjoyed or how promiscuous I've been. I won't apologize for expressing a very natural part of myself, especially when it makes me feel beautiful and exotic and fulfilled.

Celebrating the Sustainable Development Goals -- Without Fear!

Purnima Mane | Posted 09.25.2015 | Impact
Purnima Mane

To see such passion and conviction in our world's new development agenda fills me with hope and renewed energy to do my part in making it happen.

Alabama's Chemical Endangerment Laws: Where the War on Drugs Meets the War on Women

Katherine Koster | Posted 10.05.2015 | Crime
Katherine Koster

The criminalization of drug use during pregnancy as "fetal endangerment" is not a new revelation. But the extent to which pregnant women are being criminalized for drug use is.

No More Déjà Vu

Alexander Sanger | Posted 09.25.2015 | Impact
Alexander Sanger

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will define the global development agenda for the next 15 years, will be formally adopted by heads of state at the United Nations beginning today.

Bill Nye: 'Can We Stop Telling Women What To Do With Their Bodies?'

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 09.25.2015 | Women

"When it comes to women’s rights with respect to their reproduction, I think you should leave it to women." That's what Bill Nye has t...

An Open Letter to Pope Francis

Gina Messina-Dysert | Posted 09.22.2015 | Religion
Gina Messina-Dysert

You have called for a year of mercy, a time where all should be absolved of their sins if they confess. With the utmost respect, I wonder, will this be a time when the Vatican confesses its sins against women?

Wendy Davis Nails The Hypocrisy Of Some Anti-Abortion Rhetoric

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 09.22.2015 | Women

Wendy Davis lost her run for governor of Texas, but that doesn't mean she's going to stop speaking up about the political issues her candidacy wa...

Why Women Are Shouting Out Their Abortion Stories On Twitter

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 09.23.2015 | Women

Women on Twitter are sharing their stories to help end the shame and stigma surrounding abortion.  Activists Lindy West, Amelia Bonow and Kimberl...

Men On Twitter Are Standing Up For A Woman's Right To Choice

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 09.16.2015 | Women

Twitter is buzzing today with the voices of men who support women's rights -- specifically, the right to choose.  Activism and advocacy group NAR...

The House Has Time for Planned Parenthood Smear, But Not for Voting Rights?

Minister Leslie Watson Malachi | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics
Minister Leslie Watson Malachi

It's time to stop these distractions from what is the real threat to people of color. We are not threatened by having and exercising the right for women to make decisions about their own bodies. What is threatening are the continued efforts, decades after the end of Jim Crow, to bar us from our own democracy.

The Arson Attack On Planned Parenthood

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 09.08.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

Attacks on women's self-determination in body, mind and spirit are a staple of our political life because they work. Unless and until we confront the root reasons why patterns of violence against women work, both overt and covert violence against women will continue to be a political mainstay.

I'm All in for Hillary Clinton, My Next President

Stacey Newman | Posted 09.05.2015 | Politics
Stacey Newman

When I was nine years old, I asked why my older brother got the fun chores like mowing the grass instead of having to do the hated dishes every night ...

Kim Davis: Canary in the Coal Mine Called Theocracy

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 09.03.2015 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

Whether it's denial of marriage licenses to same-sex couples or denial of reproductive health care to women, the trend of conflating individual religious beliefs with public policy decisions is a slippery and dangerous slope to the erosion of genuine religious liberty

Why Hillary Clinton Has the Best Track Record on Women's Issues

Andrea Dew Steele | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics
Andrea Dew Steele

"Women's rights are human rights." This simple sentence declared by then-First Lady Hillary Clinton at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 resonated around the world. Millions of women heard this as a declaration that they mattered, that their daughters mattered.