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Reproductive Rights

Scott Walker Pumps Up Anti-Abortion Cred By Backing 20-Week Ban

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 03.04.2015 | Politics

Days after coming under conservative fire for making vaguely pro-choice comments, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) released a letter reaffirming his an...

Virginia Once Involuntarily Sterilized 7,000 People. Now The Victims Are Finally Getting Compensated.

AP | BILL SIZEMORE | Posted 02.26.2015 | Crime

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Lewis Reynolds didn't understand what had been done to him when he was 13. Years later, after getting married, the Lynchburg m...

Why the Supreme Court Shouldn't - and Likely Won't - Close Mississippi's Last Abortion Clinic

Emma Roth | Posted 04.26.2015 | Politics
Emma Roth

Last Wednesday, Mississippi petitioned the Supreme Court to reverse a lower court decision that is keeping the state's only remaining abortion clinic open--for now. The clinic is under threat of closure, thanks to a 2012 state law that requires abortion clinic doctors to gain admitting privileges at local hospitals.

The Shame of Abortion?

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 04.26.2015 | Impact
Fran Moreland Johns

"Shame", "hurt" -- the emotional trigger words are being used to turn the clock back to the dark ages when women had no voice, no power, no control of their own lives. As one who has been hurt, not by abortion but by powerlessness, and who strenuously objects to shaming, I declined the invitation. Women deserve better.

I Owe My Life To My Mother's Abortion

Ravishly | Posted 04.22.2015 | Women

Like millions of other women, my mother could not have known where her anything-but-simple choice would lead her. I'm just grateful it led her to me.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Abortion Restrictions Mostly Hurt Poor Women

The Huffington post | Gabriel Arana | Posted 02.17.2015 | Media

In a rare interview with MSNBC’s Irin Carmon, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discussed her tenure on the court and women’s rights in Am...

Get Angry and Get Loud: Improving Access to Health Care for the Latino Community

Vanessa Gonzalez-Plumhoff | Posted 04.19.2015 | Latino Voices
Vanessa Gonzalez-Plumhoff

Like many Latinos, this struggle for access to health care is personal for me. As I look at my beautiful two-year-old daughter, I want her to live in a world where she never experiences the judgment and humiliation I faced when making a choice to protect myself and my health.

6 Ways the League of Women Voters Has Impacted Your Life

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 04.15.2015 | Impact
Elisabeth MacNamara

This year, the League of Women Voters celebrates our 95th anniversary. The League was founded by suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt on February 14, 1920 -...

Jonathan Cohn

Why Scott Walker's Views On Evolution Are Totally Relevant | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics

Scott Walker doesn’t want reporters to ask him about his position on evolution. That’s one more reason why they should. Walker, the newly re-el...

Sex and Love and Birth Control

Pamela Barnes | Posted 04.13.2015 | Women
Pamela Barnes

This Valentine's Day, join me in celebrating sex AND the freedom to choose if and when to become pregnant -- on our own terms. And while we're at it, let's make sure that all women have the opportunity to do the same, regardless of where they live.

Religious Freedom Gives Me the Constitutional Right to Violate Your Constitutional Rights, Right?

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 04.04.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Conservatives just love the Constitution -- or at least they say they do. The thing is that they don't seem to have any idea how it works. At least that's a more charitable explanation than saying they don't care how the Constitution works and merely use it as a fig leaf while they undermine the rights it guarantees.

Reproductive Justice Matters

Monica Raye Simpson | Posted 04.03.2015 | Black Voices
Monica Raye Simpson

"I thought you worked on abortions so how can you also believe Black Lives Matter?" That was the question I was asked when, on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, I posted remarks, via social media, on the importance of honoring this anniversary.

Dear Pope Francis: Saving the World Requires Contraception

John Seager | Posted 04.01.2015 | World
John Seager

Planning and preventing pregnancy is not only a personal choice; it's a human right that saves lives, combats poverty, and helps to close the inequality gap. But more than that it's a crucial requirement for slowing population growth and, in turn, saving the planet from its greatest threat--climate change.

Art Matters: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.28.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Every day, along with a group of nearly 50 other people, I have the privilege of making seed grants to up and coming social change leaders around the world. The Pollination Project helps this community of daily givers identify new grantees. Here are the extraordinary people and projects that we supported this past week.

Pushing Back Abortion Laws Pushes Us Back to the '70s

Rob Stephenson | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics
Rob Stephenson

The U.S. is not alone in restricting access to abortion; many other countries have far more restrictive and even punitive legislations. But 41 years on, we are still grappling with providing access to an essential reproductive health service. And that feels so 1970s.

Samantha Lachman

Here's How The Anti-Abortion Movement Plans To Modernize Its Approach | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While Republican lawmakers squabbled over a single bill banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the anti-abortion movement's lead...

Shattering the Silence: My Abortion Story

Elizabeth Brady | Posted 03.24.2015 | Women
Elizabeth Brady

We all circle through our lives with the false impression we're alone in our personal experiences. A lack of shared stories keeps all of us in the dark about how something can affect so many people, especially a subject so shamed as abortion.

Jennifer Bendery

Republicans Slip Tax Hike Into Latest Abortion Bill | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After a botched effort to pass legislation imposing a 20-week ban on abortions, House Republicans are moving forward Thursday with what'...

21 Inspirational Images Of Women Standing Up For The Right To Choose

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 01.21.2015 | Women

On Jan. 22, 1973, the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that a woman's choice to have an abortion was a fundamental right under the Constitution. ...

42 Years After Roe v. Wade, Abortion Rights Still Under Attack

Joan Malin | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics
Joan Malin

January 22 marks 42 years since Roe v. Wade legalized abortion nationwide, but our fight to make sure all women have access to safe, legal abortion is far from over. Politicians won't hesitate to take away the right to make personal, complex decisions about reproductive health. We must stop taking our hard-won rights for granted.

How to Love Like a French Woman

Isa Freeling | Posted 03.22.2015 | Arts
Isa Freeling

In France, mothers get a medal from the government after having four children or more. Some call it the "Reproduction Medal." It's a fact that artist Sara Shaoul learned this year during her summer residency in Paris.

Reproductive Health: The Battle Resumes

Robert Walker | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
Robert Walker

Based upon their scores, each state received a "core" grade (A, B, C, D or F), but some states received an additional "plus" or a "minus" for factors not reflected in the core grade, such as pending regulations or legislation. Only 17 states received a B- or higher.

Abortion Rights Are Human Rights

Terry O'Neill | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

During the debate over health care reform, we often heard that health care is a basic human right. That's true -- and just as true is the fact that women have the basic human right to safe, legal abortion care.

Ebola and Pregnant Women: A Tragedy to Be Addressed in Recovery Plans

Anika Rahman | Posted 03.09.2015 | Impact
Anika Rahman

We know that the Ebola pandemic is causing a social and humanitarian crisis in several West African nations. What is now emerging is that it is a catastrophe, perhaps even a death sentence, for pregnant women.

Why This Woman Live-Tweeted Her IUD Insertion

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 01.07.2015 | Women

In the name of sexual health transparency, reproductive rights activist and New York Abortion Access Fund board member Alison Turkos shared the proces...