This fight isn't about being "pro-choice" or "pro-life." Those outdated labels don't come close to defining who we are or the complexity of this issue. Instead of talking about what divides us, let's talk about what the majority of us agree on: that women's health care decisions should be left to a woman and her doctor.
As we observe the anniversary of the historic Roe v. Wade decision, it's vital to remember that every woman has the right to have the children she wants, raise the children she has, plan her own family and make her own health care decisions. That means women must have the social, economic and political power to pursue their goals.
Latin America seems to be doing well at first glance: maternal and child mortality numbers have dropped, contraceptive use is up and abortion was even legalized in Mexico City in 2011. But as a public health professional in the region with a focus on the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents, I'm not so quick to celebrate these victories
Although women have made tremendous gains in terms of labor force participation, access to higher education and hold more high profile positions in government and corporations than any time other time in our nation's history, they still remain at the bottom of the economic totem pole. The question is why?