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Reproductive Rights

This Tuesday, Don't Let Them Send Us Back to the 19th Century

Rep. Carolyn Maloney | Posted 01.02.2015 | Women
Rep. Carolyn Maloney

All across the country right-wing candidates with extreme, outdated views on women's rights are running for seats in the U.S. Senate and calling for the passage of "personhood" bills and amendments.

Women: Turn Out Before Your Rights Are Turned Back

Martha Burk | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics
Martha Burk

Females are the majority of voters, and they're a super-majority when they're joined by men who care about them. Women can control any election, and we'd better make it happen. If not, super-conservative legislative majorities will control our most private decisions.

There's a 72-Hour Imposed Waiting Period for Abortions (And This Is Why You Need to Know About It)

H. Alan Scott | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics
H. Alan Scott

Half of all states have a mandatory waiting period of 24 hours, but Missouri, South Dakota and Utah took it a step further. And sorry not sorry, if your pregnancy falls on a weekend or holiday, you've got to wait even longer.

Why Lena Dunham, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling And More Support Planned Parenthood

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 10.30.2014 | Women

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Glorious Kickstarter Will Build A Six-Foot Vagina To Benefit Texas Women

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 11.06.2014 | Arts

For every questionable Kickstarter in which your high school acquaintance is trying to mobilize a movement to fund his spring break, there's an unlike...

Dear Facebook, Please Don't Tell Women to Lean In to Egg Freezing

Jessica Cussins | Posted 12.16.2014 | Technology
Jessica Cussins

What we need are family-friendly workplace policies, not giveaways that will encourage women to undergo invasive procedures in order to squeeze out more work for their beloved company under the guise of "empowerment."

The Abortion Conversation We Need To Have

Katha Pollitt | Posted 12.16.2014 | Women
Katha Pollitt

We need to put abortion back into its context, which is the lives and bodies of women, but also the lives of men, and families, and the children those women already have or will have.

The Tricky Ways Legal Abortion Is Being Threatened In 3 States

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 10.15.2014 | Women

On Nov. 4, as voters across the U.S. head to the ballot box, Americans in three states will be voting on legislation that could seriously undermine ac...

An Open Letter to Women Voters

Lisa Maatz | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics
Lisa Maatz

Dear women voters: It's our time, ladies. A midterm election looms, and the focus is on us! Politicians and pundits alike know that there's no crossing the electoral finish line without women voters in their corner. But are the candidates seeking to represent us talking about the issues we care about?

Changing the Future of Sexual and Reproductive Rights

Ariel Smilowitz | Posted 12.07.2014 | Women
Ariel Smilowitz

Honoring human rights at home will allow us to promote them abroad; we should be leading by example, enacting sound, evidence-based policies that enable all women to live free of health, social, and economic insecurities.

Reproducing Race

Dov Fox | Posted 12.06.2014 | Parents
Dov Fox

It's not hard to sympathize with parents' hopes to save a future child from racial taunts or confused identity. And yet it is troubling for donor services to accentuate race in ways that invite parents to exclude wholesale from their consideration all donors of a particular race.

Abortion in Texas: The 'Small Fraction'

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 12.06.2014 | Impact
Fran Moreland Johns

With the closing of 13 abortion clinics in Texas, one out of six Texas women seeking an abortion will have to travel 150 miles or more. But one out of six? That's only a small fraction, according to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Appeals Court Allows Texas To Enforce Harsh Abortion Restrictions

AP | PAUL J. WEBER | Posted 10.02.2014 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court Thursday allowed Texas to immediately begin enforcing tough new abortion restrictions that will effecti...

Laura Bassett

State Official Decides To Change Harsh Abortion Clinic Regulations

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics

Virginia Health Commissioner Dr. Marissa Levine announced her decision on Wednesday that the state's tough restrictions on abortion clinics should be ...

Laura Bassett

GOP Candidates Claim Nobody Cares About Birth Control, Equal Pay

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 10.02.2014 | Politics

New Hampshire Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown avoided talking about his record on reproductive rights and equal pay in a Tuesday appearance on...

Hyde Amendment: 38 Year Legacy of Interference With Religious Liberty and Values

Rev. Kelli Clement | Posted 11.30.2014 | Religion
Rev. Kelli Clement

I believe that a woman, no matter what her economic circumstances, should have access to safe and dignified reproductive health care. I believe that a woman facing an unintended pregnancy is best suited to make decisions for herself and her family.

GOP Senate Candidate Claims A Bill He Cosponsored Doesn't Exist

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics

Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), who is running for Senate, continues to insist that he doesn't consider the fetal personhood bill he cosponsored to be a ...

Why I'm Proud to Be Feminist and Faithful

Carolyn Davis | Posted 11.26.2014 | Religion
Carolyn Davis

I am a proud feminist. I'm pro-choice. I advocate for comprehensive sexuality education and reproductive justice. I teach courses on theology, gender, and sexuality. I want to steal Beyonce's set from the VMAs and keep it in my living room. And I do all those things not in spite of my faith, but because of it.

Where Is the Family Planning?

Pamela Barnes | Posted 11.19.2014 | Impact
Pamela Barnes

We are making progress to overcome these challenges and expand access to contraception for women everywhere. With increased support, we can reach millions more women to ensure that they are able to make informed and voluntary decisions about their own reproductive health and contraceptive choices.

An Unfinished Agenda: Sexual and Reproductive Rights in the 21st Century

Joaquim Chissano | Posted 11.17.2014 | World
Joaquim Chissano

Sexual and reproductive rights are often lightning rods in intergovernmental debates and national politics and sidelined as distractions. But these rights are the basic rights of all individuals to have control over decisions that affect the most private aspects of their lives.

Texas Clinics Cut Ties With Planned Parenthood To Regain State Funding

The Texas Tribune | Alexa Ura | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics

Hidalgo County women who receive state-financed reproductive health services may soon seek care from familiar clinics — operating under unfamiliar...

The Art of Listening

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 11.12.2014 | Impact
Fran Moreland Johns

Serious listening is not selective, and involves a degree of compassion. Even the Buddha knew that.

City May Be First City To Oppose Sex-Selective Abortion Bans

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics

San Francisco Supervisor David Chiu (D) introduced a resolution this week that would make the city the first in the U.S. to formally oppose sex-select...

Our Cold Civil War

Terry Curtis Fox | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Terry Curtis Fox

One can blame a press that treats Congressional malfunction as a bipartisan failure, but the overriding fact remains that while one side has been actively and knowledgeably waging a civil war, the other has been acting as if the war did not exist.

Celebrating Women's Equality?

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact
Fran Moreland Johns

Women's Equality Day quietly came and went recently, not quite 100 years after passage of the Nineteenth Amendment -- the law that said women were equally entitled, along with men, to the right to vote.