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Reproductive Rights

Will Development Financing Finally Level the Playing Field for Women and Girls?

Françoise Girard | Posted 07.09.2016 | World
Françoise Girard

Many governments still do not see the need to allocate or increase resources for efforts that would strengthen health systems to reduce maternal mortality, address violence against women, ensure access to sexual and reproductive health care, and end child marriage. In fact, these areas should be priorities if we are to achieve sustainable development for generations to come.

Learning from Colorado's Contraception Success

Mark Edwards | Posted 07.06.2016 | Denver
Mark Edwards

There is a lot to celebrate about the stunning reduction in teen pregnancy and abortion rates as a result of Colorado's initiative to reduce unintended pregnancy. Among other things, the initiative ensured that women in Colorado got access to the most effective forms of contraception.

Bristol Palin, Stop Judging the World. World, Stop Judging Bristol Palin.

Chelsea Stone | Posted 07.06.2016 | Women
Chelsea Stone

We are all a product of our upbringing, and Bristol grew up a fundamentalist Christian in a patriarchal society, the daughter of a highly visible Republican. She grew up surrounded by ideas of what a good woman is and what a good woman isn't. She is what she was raised to be.

Reproductive Malpractice and the U.S. Military

Dov Fox | Posted 09.26.2016 | Politics
Dov Fox

An outdated Supreme Court doctrine and congressional loophole leaves servicewomen unable to recover for the negligent prenatal care they receive in a military hospital. However egregious the malpractice and grave the suffering it causes, our law offers no recourse for the wrong done to the woman's procreative interest and to her child's physical and mental wellbeing.

More Women Should Choose a Home Over a Baby

Amanda Oliver | Posted 07.01.2016 | Women
Amanda Oliver

Sitting down and actually planning out whether you can afford to have a child should be a priority for every family. As much as we all work to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps, it also helps to be born into a family that is financially, and emotionally, prepared to handle parenting.

Judge Blocks Florida Law Requiring 24-Hour Waiting Period For Abortions

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics

A Florida judge on Tuesday blocked a new state law that requires Floridians seeking abortions to wait 24 hours before being able to undergo the proced...

Steps Forward in Haiti, Steps Backward at Home

Susan M. Blaustein | Posted 06.30.2016 | Impact
Susan M. Blaustein

Things got off to a slower-than-usual start one hot morning in June, at the Alyans Sante Borgne (ASB) Women's Health mobile clinic in Tibouk, a tiny riverside market town in northernmost Haiti.

Talking to Our Kids: The Conversation We Should Be Having

Jose Calderon | Posted 06.29.2016 | Latino Voices
Jose Calderon

Despite the importance of sexual health, many Latino parents, often weighed down by outdated notions of shame and propriety, are failing to provide their sons and daughters with the information to make smart decisions about their sexual lives. The consequences of this silence are crippling.

Samantha Lachman

Judge Blocks Kansas Law Banning Procedure Used In Most Second-Trimester Abortions | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Kansas judge on Thursday blocked a law that would have effectively banned the majority of second-trimester abortions performed in the ...

Men in the Movement: Fathers, Partners and More

Alexander Sanger | Posted 06.23.2016 | Impact
Alexander Sanger

We still have a long way to go in ensuring that men play an active role not only in their own health, but the health of their families. As a man in the movement for sexual and reproductive health and rights, I know it will take each and every one of us -- men and women alike -- to achieve gender equality in our lifetimes.

How 36 Women React To The Word 'Abortion'

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 06.19.2015 | Women

A new video shows the varied ways women feel about reproductive rights. In the latest video from their "One Word" series, Cut Video asked 36 women,...

Iowa Supreme Court Strikes Down Telemedicine Abortion Ban

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics

The Supreme Court of Iowa unanimously ruled Friday that Planned Parenthood clinics in the state may continue using a telemedicine abortion system to p...

9 Ancient Abortion Methods So Terrible You'll Be Even More Grateful For The Right To Choose

Bustle | Posted 06.18.2016 | Women

Abortion is both a tricky and a touchy subject. In the midst of fervent pro-choice and pro-life debates today, we can lose sight of the fact that abortion actually has a long medical history.

Access to Contraception and Comprehensive Sex Education Reduce Need for Abortions

Julie Burkhart | Posted 06.18.2016 | Women
Julie Burkhart

Some of the sharpest drops in abortion rates occurred in states that are supportive of women's reproductive rights, such as Washington State, New York and Oregon. These states do not restrict access to abortion, and they do prioritize improving access to health care more broadly.

The Texas Abortion Decision and the Right's 'Women's Health' Gambit

Miranda Blue | Posted 06.10.2016 | Politics
Miranda Blue

This -- closing abortion clinics while chipping away at Roe in the courts -- is the goal of legislation like that in Texas. But, of course, Republican leaders aren't mentioning in this in their praise of the Fifth Circuit's decision. Instead, Attorney General Ken Paxton reacted to the ruling by calling it "a victory for life and women's health."

Samantha Lachman

Many Clinics Likely To Close As Federal Appeals Court Upholds Texas Abortion Restrictions | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld some of the most onerous parts of a Texas abortion law, which is...

Bill Blocks Crisis Centers From Misleading Women

Toni G. Atkins | Posted 06.05.2016 | Women
Toni G. Atkins

This bill is not about limiting free speech -- it is about empowering patients to make informed decisions about their health based on credible information.

Samantha Lachman

Why This Ob-Gyn And Her Father Are Suing Kansas To Stop Its New Abortion Ban | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Working as an abortion provider is increasingly dangerous in any state, let alone in Kansas. But the father-daughter pair of Drs. He...

Kim Bellware

Doctors Sue Over Arizona Abortion Law They Say Forces Them To Lie To Patients | Kim Bellware | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics

A new Arizona law would unconstitutionally force doctors to lie to their patients about the reversibility of medical abortions, according to a lawsuit...

Samantha Lachman

Colorado Republican Tries To Thread The Needle On Abortion | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Republican state Senator in Colorado who says she believes pregnant women should have a "full array" of choices also said she wouldn't...

Honoring Dr. George Tiller

Julie Burkhart | Posted 06.02.2016 | Women
Julie Burkhart

It's been a challenging few years for reproductive rights advocates, and yet, this community has demonstrated its resilience and commitment to protecting women's rights.

Scott Walker Doesn't Get Why His 'Cool' Ultrasound Remark Was So Offensive -- And That's The Problem

Michael Keegan | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics
Michael Keegan

Sure, an ultrasound could be "cool". What's not "cool" is if the state mandates that you undergo a medically unnecessary procedure in an effort to prevent you, an adult woman whose circumstances your politicians have no right to know or judge, from making a choice.

I Was Pro-Life, Until I Accidentally Got Pregnant

xoJANE | Posted 05.30.2016 | Women

I was 23. I was about to get married. Then I got pregnant. In a reaction that surprised me to my very "abortion is murder" core, the first thought that went through my brain was "Get an abortion."

Janie Velencia

Percentage Of Pro-Choice Americans Is Highest Since 2008 | Janie Velencia | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics

The percentage of Americans who describe themselves as "pro-choice" is the highest it's been in seven years. According to a Gallup poll published F...

Appeals Court Strikes Down Arkansas Law Banning Abortion At 12 Weeks

Reuters | Posted 05.27.2016 | Politics

(Adds details from decision, background) May 27 (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday struck down an Arkansas law that banned ...