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Reproductive Rights

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 10.24.2016 | 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 10.23.2016 | 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 10.20.2016 | 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 10.14.2016 | 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 10.13.2016 | 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 10.09.2016 | 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 use of federal fun...

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 ordere...

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 financially dra...

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. Supreme Court allows...

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

Joan Erakit | Posted 10.01.2016 | 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 10.01.2016 | 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 09.30.2016 | 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 09.28.2016 | 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 09.28.2016 | 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 09.25.2016 | 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 09.25.2016 | 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 09.25.2016 | 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 to say in his l...

An Open Letter to Pope Francis

Gina Messina-Dysert | Posted 09.22.2016 | 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?