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Reproductive Rights

Women Are Not Free If They Do Not Control Their Own Bodies

Hannah Khan | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics
Hannah Khan

There are currently over a 100 million people around the world that are in desperate need of humanitarian aid, one quarter of which are women who fall under the reproductive age.

When Did We Have To Start Praying for Access To Healthcare?

Lori J. Bertman | Posted 12.07.2015 | Impact
Lori J. Bertman

Sexual health education and access to care isn't simply a personal luxury, it's a question of national safety and security. It is the job of the government to protect its citizens, and that includes giving them information and access to prevent potential health pandemics. If Planned Parenthood is defunded, people must be given an alternative.

What It's Really Like To Be A Volunteer Escort At An Abortion Clinic

Lauren Rankin | Posted 12.02.2015 | Women
Lauren Rankin

Volunteering as a clinic escort is the most fulfilling, important thing that I do. The screams and the shaming and the cruel signs are just a reminder that the work that I do is meaningful and necessary. Clinic escorting is not about abortion; it's about humanity.

Alabama Surrenders In Fight Against Planned Parenthood

Reuters | Nico Pitney | Posted 11.30.2015 | Politics

Alabama called off a legal battle with Planned Parenthood on Monday after a federal judge last month blocked the state from defunding the reproductive...

Judge Appointed By Ronald Reagan Strikes Down Wisconsin Anti-Abortion Law

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics

Abortion will be a major topic this spring when the Supreme Court hears a Texas case that could redefine a woman's right to end her pregnancy. In the ...

Dear Chancellor Foley: Mizzou Must Stand With Planned Parenthood

Jessi D. Miller | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
Jessi D. Miller

You have the power to reverse the damage your predecessor's actions have caused for women like me who seek services from Planned Parenthood. I know I am not alone, Mr. Foley. There are thousands of us with an actual need for Planned Parenthood's services in mid-Missouri.

Wisconsin Needs the Patients Reproductive Health Act

Rep. Chris Taylor | Posted 11.20.2015 | Women
Rep. Chris Taylor

Republican politicians love to talk about the importance of privacy and freedom when it comes to prohibiting investigations into political corruption or when allowing unlimited, secret corporate spending in elections. But when it applies to women's healthcare, they violate basic privacy rights and interfere with medical decisions that should be between a patient and her physician.

SCOTUS Takes Up Most Significant Reproductive Rights Cases In Decades

Elliot Mincberg | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Elliot Mincberg

With four of the justices in their 80s during the term of the president elected next year, these cases once again demonstrate the crucial stakes in the 2016 election for reproductive rights, as well as for so many other rights central to our liberty and freedom.

Missouri Shreds Academic Freedom

Mona Shattell | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Mona Shattell

Missouri's anti-choice legislature, in consistently chipping away at reproductive rights, has taken a decidedly different approach in attacking reproductive health access. Now these same legislative extremists are playing politics with teaching and research at the University of Missouri.

Undocumented Fertility Users

Fred Silberberg | Posted 11.12.2015 | Divorce
Fred Silberberg

Any unmarried person contemplating the use of these procedures with another unmarried person must consult a lawyer prior to commencing fertility procedures if they want to protect their rights to, and the rights of, their future children to a parent-child relationship.

Empowering Women and Girls Through Family Planning: A Promise Worth Keeping

Beth Schlachter | Posted 11.12.2015 | Women
Beth Schlachter

The 24.4 million more women and girls using lifesaving contraception is 10 million fewer than we had hoped to reach by this time. If we continue at this rate, we risk missing our goal -- and leaving millions of women and girls without the care and services they need and deserve.

Pastor Says A Woman Doesn't Have 'The Right Over Her Own Body'

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 11.09.2015 | Women

A pastor for Cross Church, which has locations in Arkansas and Missouri, has addressed abortion by saying a woman does not have "the right over her ow...

15 Intimate Photos Of Women In Bed With Their Birth Control

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 11.02.2015 | Women

Over the last 10 years, I've used five different types of birth control: two types of pills, condoms, Plan B and, most recently, an IUD. Given that I'...

He Doth Protest Too Much: John Kasich and the GOP

Steven Conn | Posted 10.31.2015 | Politics
Steven Conn

After the most recent GOP Presidential whatever-you-want-to-call-it, some of you looking desperately for a Republican who seems, well, not kooky may have cast your gaze toward Ohio Governor John Kasich.

This Poet's Message To Anti-Abortion Politicians Deserves A Hell. Yes.

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 11.02.2015 | Women

"What to do when a politician tries to fall into your vagina, feet first?" It's the first electrifying line from poet Theresa Davis, who, in just thr...

October's Down Syndrome Awareness Month Was Never About Human Rights

Kari Wagner-Peck | Posted 10.28.2015 | Impact
Kari Wagner-Peck

If Down syndrome is to survive it needs a message that accepts it as not a problem to solve, an experience to overcome or an opposing faction, but solely as a human rights issue to address.

NYC Students Deserve Comprehensive, Inclusive Sex Education

Joan Malin | Posted 10.28.2015 | New York
Joan Malin

Respect. Inclusivity. Empowerment. Communication. These are the words that should come to mind when you think of sexuality education. But unfortunately, for many New York City students and high school graduates, these words are far from how they remember their sex education experience.

Help Women and Climate: Unite to Prevent Unintended Pregnancies Worldwide

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.24.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

A population explosion, a drought, and a draining aquifer. Add uncaring leadership, and this is the tragedy of Syria, from which refugees flee into a reluctant Europe, the latest example of how ever more people and extreme weather are creating resource conflicts and refugees worldwide.

Dear 2016 GOP Presidential Hopefuls: Welcome to Colorado, a Pro-Choice State

Karen Middleton | Posted 10.23.2015 | Politics
Karen Middleton

On behalf of Coloradans - Democrats, Republicans, and Unaffiliated voters alike - I'd like to welcome the 2016 Republican Presidential candidates to our proudly pro-choice state. Support for reproductive rights cuts across party lines here and is an historic, mainstream value.

A Time to Embrace: Why the Sexual and Reproductive Justice Movement Needs Religion

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 10.21.2015 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

For too long, the sexual and reproductive health and justice movement for too long has not taken into account that the United States is one of the most religious countries in the world.

Women Read The Mean Tweets They Received For Supporting Abortion

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 10.15.2015 | Women

Abortion Tweet Theater from A Is For on Vimeo. Women who joined an online movement supporting reproductive rights were greeted with nasty responses. A...

Clergy Members Say 'Thank God For Abortion Providers' In Ohio

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 10.15.2015 | Religion

Few would guess that a religious group assembled outside an abortion clinic was there advocating for women's reproductive rights. Last week in Ohio, a...

Hispanic Heritage Month: a Time to Celebrate--and to Break Down Barriers

Haydee Morales | Posted 10.14.2015 | Latino Voices
Haydee Morales

October 15th will mark the end of National Hispanic Heritage Month, but as we reflect on Latino communities' history of resilience in the face of injustice, we must also recognize the mounting challenges that still lay ahead.

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.