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Reproductive Rights

A Big Win for Planned Parenthood

Robert Kuttner | Posted 12.20.2016 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Little noticed in the deal that Congress approved Friday is the fact that the anti-abortion lobby got wiped out. The deal included no provisions cutting funding for Planned Parenthood -- an issue on which Republicans have been prepared to shut down the government in past budget fights. Nor did the anti-choice zealots have any success on their other proposed riders intended to reduce reproductive rights. There were proposed cuts in federal spending for sex education, family planning and Planned Parenthood. Same with efforts to further restrict abortion rights in the name of religious freedom, or international family planning, or attempts to block the government from requiring multi-state plans to include the full range of family planning services. What happened? First, the Democrats stood fast with reproductive rights groups.

Why Abortion Clinics Should Be More Plastic Surgery Offices

Danielle Campoamor | Posted 12.18.2016 | Women
Danielle Campoamor

Why aren't women who walk into a clinic for an abortion, greeted with by beautiful flowers and happy pictures and a plethora of tasty beverages?

The Hateful Rhetoric Must Stop

Christine Charbonneau | Posted 12.14.2016 | Women
Christine Charbonneau

People don't forget these statements, and some even take them at face value. And why shouldn't they? At that level you would expect them to be accurate. This is not the case. Instead, we are seeing an alarming increase from irresponsible presidential candidates, as well as lawmakers, in hateful rhetoric and smear campaigns against abortion providers and patients over the last few months.

Women's Rights Must Be a Major Part of Any Climate Deal

Françoise Girard | Posted 12.10.2016 | Green
Françoise Girard

This Human Rights Day is particularly significant. In Paris, negotiators are trying to come to agreement on a global climate treaty, and a lot is on the line -- especially for women.

I'm Tired Of My Body Being More Than A Body

Danielle Campoamor | Posted 12.10.2016 | Women
Danielle Campoamor

I want women's bodies to be seen as human bodies.

America Down the Rabbit Hole and Through the Looking Glass

Sezin Koehler | Posted 12.09.2016 | Politics
Sezin Koehler

Just days after returning to the U.S. a story broke an hour south of where I was living in Florida, involving a naked man eating the face off another in a shocking attack of cannibalism like The Walking Dead come to life. Toto, I don't think I'm in Europe anymore.

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards And The Truth About Its Federal Funding

Quora | Posted 12.08.2016 | Women

There is a great deal of misunderstanding about federal funding and Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood health centers are reimbursed for health services provided, just like all other hospitals and doctors.

The Medical Harms of Abortion Restrictions

David A. Grimes | Posted 12.04.2016 | Politics
David A. Grimes

Enacted under the pretense of greater safety for women, oppressive abortion regulations are having a paradoxical effect: endangering American women.

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

Hannah Khan | Posted 12.04.2016 | 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 12.04.2016 | 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 12.02.2016 | 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 01.07.2017 | 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 11.20.2016 | 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 11.19.2016 | 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 11.13.2016 | 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 11.13.2016 | 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 11.12.2016 | 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 11.12.2016 | 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 10.31.2016 | 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 10.28.2016 | 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 10.28.2016 | 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.