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Reproductive Rights

Maternal Monday - Translating Social Action into Maternal Education

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 02.22.2017 | Impact
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

Social Media Week in Nigeria this #MaternalMonday is especially inspiring as it allows us to mark the coming together of maternal advocacy and social media. To celebrate, we are highlighting what we have achieved through our social media advocacy and health educational antenatal classes

John Oliver Attacks Insane Abortion Laws That Place Undue Burden On Women

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 02.22.2016 | Comedy

Across the country, the right for women to have an abortion is being challenged. Conservative legislators have laid out a disingenuous labyrinth of ho...

Becoming A Mother Reinforced Why I'm Pro-Choice

The Establishment | Posted 02.19.2017 | Women
The Establishment

Falling in love with my son -- and by extension, babies in general -- only further cemented my conviction that abortion should be available on demand, for any reason.

Young Woman, Think About Yourself!

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff | Posted 02.17.2017 | Politics
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff

Life is fragile. Antonin Scalia died in his sleep. Let me begin by telling his family I feel terrible for them. Antonin Scalia was a principled person. He and many of you reading this column may not have agreed on many of the issues that came before the Supreme Court, but he did attempt to help us understand the importance of having consistent laws.

A Caring Heart: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 02.16.2017 | Impact
Ari Nessel

When a compassionate heart is moved to make a difference, it ignites change. Through advocacy, awareness, information, and resources this week's grant...

Still Grateful for My Abortion, Over 40 Years Later

Amy Oppenheimer | Posted 02.15.2017 | Women
Amy Oppenheimer

I have no regrets about the child I didn't have and find myself happy and satisfied with my life. I had advantages that women generations before me didn't have -- education, economic independence and, most importantly, I was able to exercise a right that until then wasn't available to women.

Zika Outbreak Signals the Urgent Need for Strong Primary Health Care Systems

Suzanne Ehlers | Posted 02.09.2017 | World
Suzanne Ehlers

On February 1st, the World Health Organization declared the spread of the Zika virus a public health emergency. The declaration was the WHO's highest level of warning--so dire, in fact, that it has only been declared three times in the organization's history.

Making Equal Access to Reproductive Health Services a Must for 2016

Marcela Howell | Posted 02.08.2017 | Women
Marcela Howell

The sad truth about American history is that Black women have long been denied the resources and services to make informed decisions about their health care. And when a Black woman is unable to access the health care services she needs, those barriers stand in the way of higher education and financial stability for herself and her family.

End Female Genital Mutilation Yesterday!

Børge Brende | Posted 02.04.2017 | Impact
Børge Brende

In 2015, the international community committed to eliminating female genital mutilation everywhere. One of the targets of the newly adopted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals is to end such harmful practices against women and girls by 2030.

Marco Rubio Crusades Against Gays And Women While Still Being Labeled 'Moderate'

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.08.2017 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Because he's backed by the GOP establishment -- and apparently, because his backers view him, rightly or wrongly, as the only candidate who can court the extremes and still woo the middle -- many in the media proclaim him to be a moderate. But still, how is that possible?

Clinton Interview Shows How Republicans Are Setting The Terms Of The Abortion Debate

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics

George Stephanopoulos asked Hillary Clinton to respond to Marco Rubio’s criticism of her record on "partial-birth abortions" on ABC’s “This Week...

I Performed FGM For 30 Years. Now I'm Committed To Ending It

Mariam Damba | Posted 02.05.2017 | Impact
Mariam Damba

The link between female genital cutting and cases of keloid, dysmenorrhea and urinary incontinence became clear. Five years ago, I decided not to practice excision any more. Soon after, my village decided to ban FGM.

Another Democratic Debate Ignores Reproductive Rights

The Huffington Post | Laura Bassett | Posted 02.07.2016 | Politics

Thursday's Democratic presidential debate was the fifth in a row to avoid the issue of reproductive rights entirely, despite the prominence of the iss...

Sixteen Reasons to Campaign for Women's Rights in 2016

Aspen New Voices Fellowship | Posted 02.04.2017 | Impact
Aspen New Voices Fellowship

Combined with important grassroots efforts, no doubt once there are more women in leadership roles, the value of a woman's life will no longer be treated as less than that of a cow. We have seen this first-hand in our work.

'No Más Bebés' and the Continued Pursuit to Control the Bodies of Poor Women of Color in the US

Elena Gutierrez | Posted 02.03.2017 | Latino Voices
Elena Gutierrez

Population control laws like CalWorks adopt an underlying premise that poor women and women of color cannot be trusted to fully control their own reproductive health choices, and that government-sanctioned coercion is an acceptable policy framework.

We're Falling Behind on Family Planning: 5 Ways To Get Us Back On Track

Melinda Gates | Posted 02.03.2017 | Impact
Melinda Gates

While progress is possible, it is not inevitable. If we're going to keep the promise we made in 2012, it's time to step up and get to work.

Liberating Black Lives Through Reproductive Justice

Renee Bracey Sherman | Posted 02.03.2016 | Black Voices
Renee Bracey Sherman

To create a world where Black life truly matters, we have to trust that everyone is capable, their spirit is dazzling, and they are deserving of love, no matter where they are in their life transition. To create this, we must empower and trust Black women.

Reproductive Rights and Zika: Why the Pro-Choice Movement Needs to Seize This Opportunity

Vijoleta Gordeljevic | Posted 02.02.2017 | World
Vijoleta Gordeljevic

Latin American governments need to stop criminalizing women's preferences for how to live their lives and acknowledge that a woman's reproductive choices are part of the right to health many leaders so proudly advocate for all its citizens.

'No Más Bebés' Exposes The Involuntary Sterilization Of Immigrant Women

The Huffington Post | Tanisha Ramirez | Posted 02.01.2016 | Latino Voices

In 1975, a group of 10 Mexican women sued LA county doctors, the state, and the U.S. government, claiming medical staff coerced, forced and tricked th...

Here's What Single Women Are Looking For In A Presidential Candidate

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Women

A new survey reveals what’s motivating single women to head to the polls, and (surprise!) issues involving reproductive health and equal pay are at ...

Zika Virus and the Hypocrisy of Telling Women to Delay Pregnancy

Emma Saloranta | Posted 01.29.2017 | Healthy Living
Emma Saloranta

Advising women living in these countries to delay pregnancy is a whole other matter -- because for most of them, decisions related to family planning and their reproductive health are not in their control.

Kerry Washington: 'Abortion Is A Reality'

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 01.29.2016 | Women

Kerry Washington is unapologetic about the depiction of abortion on her hit show, "Scandal." On the show's winter finale in November, the actress's ch...

How My Infertility Made Me Pro-Choice

Kelseigh Ingram | Posted 01.28.2017 | Women
Kelseigh Ingram

While it is important to express the pain that can come along with infertility, it should never be directed towards taking away another person's freedoms.

A Letter to Women on the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Surina Khan | Posted 01.22.2017 | Women
Surina Khan

Women's Policy Institute graduates advocate for women's rights in California by influencing and helping pass legislation that supports women and fami...

United Nations Committee Affirms Abortion as a Human Right

David A. Grimes | Posted 01.27.2017 | Women
David A. Grimes

In 2005, the Committee concluded that Peru had violated several articles of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and it ordered financial compensation to K.L. Fifteen years after the incident, reparations were finally made for Peru's "cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment." This marked the first time a United Nations Committee had held a country accountable for failing to ensure access to safe, legal abortion.