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Reproductive Rights

Wendy Davis Nails The Hypocrisy Of Some Anti-Abortion Rhetoric

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 09.22.2015 | Women

Wendy Davis lost her run for governor of Texas, but that doesn't mean she's going to stop speaking up about the political issues her candidacy was bui...

Why Women Are Shouting Out Their Abortion Stories On Twitter

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 09.23.2015 | Women

Women on Twitter are sharing their stories to help end the shame and stigma surrounding abortion. Activists Lindy West, Amelia Bonow and Kimberly Mor...

Men On Twitter Are Standing Up For A Woman's Right To Choice

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 09.16.2015 | Women

Twitter is buzzing today with the voices of men who support women's rights -- specifically, the right to choose. Activism and advocacy group NARAL st...

The House Has Time for Planned Parenthood Smear, But Not for Voting Rights?

Minister Leslie Watson Malachi | Posted 09.09.2016 | Politics
Minister Leslie Watson Malachi

It's time to stop these distractions from what is the real threat to people of color. We are not threatened by having and exercising the right for women to make decisions about their own bodies. What is threatening are the continued efforts, decades after the end of Jim Crow, to bar us from our own democracy.

The Arson Attack On Planned Parenthood

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 09.07.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

Attacks on women's self-determination in body, mind and spirit are a staple of our political life because they work. Unless and until we confront the root reasons why patterns of violence against women work, both overt and covert violence against women will continue to be a political mainstay.

I'm All in for Hillary Clinton, My Next President

Stacey Newman | Posted 09.04.2016 | Politics
Stacey Newman

When I was nine years old, I asked why my older brother got the fun chores like mowing the grass instead of having to do the hated dishes every night ...

Kim Davis: Canary in the Coal Mine Called Theocracy

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 09.03.2016 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

Whether it's denial of marriage licenses to same-sex couples or denial of reproductive health care to women, the trend of conflating individual religious beliefs with public policy decisions is a slippery and dangerous slope to the erosion of genuine religious liberty

Why Hillary Clinton Has the Best Track Record on Women's Issues

Andrea Dew Steele | Posted 09.01.2016 | Politics
Andrea Dew Steele

"Women's rights are human rights." This simple sentence declared by then-First Lady Hillary Clinton at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 resonated around the world. Millions of women heard this as a declaration that they mattered, that their daughters mattered.

Attacks on Reproductive Justice Are Attacks on Women of Color

Minister Leslie Watson Malachi | Posted 08.31.2016 | Black Voices
Minister Leslie Watson Malachi

For years, women of color and low-income women have heard this patriarchal message from various messengers implying that we are naive, misguided, and lack the intellectual capacity to make personal, critical, often difficult, informed decisions about our lives in general and our bodies more specifically.

Why Bernie Sanders Is Best on Women's Issues

Heather Gautney | Posted 08.29.2016 | Politics
Heather Gautney

Many people believe that electing a woman president will help. I'm not so sure. Does breaking glass ceilings constitute a real political strategy -- that's capable of improving women's lives? And does voting one's gender really translate to voting one's interest?

Bogus Planned Parenthood Attack Are Part Of A Long History Of Deceptive Videos

Marge Baker | Posted 08.28.2016 | Politics
Marge Baker

Deceptively edited videos by self-proclaimed "citizen journalists" making easily disprovable claims have become a key tool in the right's playbook. We can't let them get away with it this time.

Hillary Clinton Compares GOP's 'Extreme Views' On Women To Those Of Terrorist Groups

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called out some of the 2016 Republican contenders for their reproductive health views ...

Someone Is Missing From the Debate on Ohio's Bill to Ban Down Syndrome Abortions

Kari Wagner-Peck | Posted 08.26.2016 | Impact
Kari Wagner-Peck

My alliance is obviously with the pro-choice contingent, but I was disappointed with their advocates making no mention of people with Down Syndrome. They only spoke about "Down Syndrome" as a potential cause for concern for expectant mothers.

Why Your Voice Matters If We Want to Curb Birth Trauma & Stop Human Rights Violations During Childbirth

Arianna Taboada | Posted 08.18.2016 | Women
Arianna Taboada

We can't tackle the monstrosities of physical abuse, verbal abuse, non-consented clinical care, ineffective communication, stigma and discrimination by ourselves. Believe me, we have been trying.

The Politics of Being a Woman in a "Christian Nation"

Gina Messina-Dysert | Posted 08.17.2016 | Politics
Gina Messina-Dysert

The far right is pitting God against women. Mike Huckabee's support for the decision to deny a 10-year-old rape victim an abortion is just another example in a long history that continues this election season.

Why Is Childfree Living Still Taboo?

Bri Seeley | Posted 08.13.2016 | Women
Bri Seeley

It's better to know what you want and stand firm in your truth than to bend your desires and be unhappy in your life. Keep your chin up. Keep fighting for your dreams. And know that, no matter what, you're not alone.

This Is What Planned Parenthood Has Actually Done For People

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 08.05.2015 | Women

Contrary to what anti-abortion Republicans trying to defund Planned Parenthood may want you to believe, the organization is a vital healthcare source ...

A Real Victory for Women and Girls

Françoise Girard | Posted 08.05.2016 | Impact
Françoise Girard

Women's groups were deeply involved in this process every step of the way because much was, and is, at stake for the girls of today and tomorrow. If this agenda is successfully carried out, by 2030 fewer girls will experience unwanted pregnancy and become infected with HIV.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Calls 'Choice' An Empty Concept For Poor Women

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.04.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the concept of "choice" is an ephemeral one for low-income women who live in states that ...

Just The Latest Attack On Planned Parenthood And The Women It Serves

Sen. Barbara Boxer | Posted 07.29.2016 | Politics
Sen. Barbara Boxer

Let's be clear: this attack on women's health is the opposite of liberty. Republicans are using women's health and women's lives as a political football - and that is wrong.

Public Attitudes about Birth Control

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 07.28.2016 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

Fifty years ago, just five years after the FDA approved the first birth control pill, the Supreme Court struck down a Connecticut state law that prohibited the use of "any drug, medicinal article, or instrument for the purpose of preventing conception," thereby making birth control legal nationwide for married couples.

Sperm Donors Who Wish to Remain Anonymous Just Shouldn't Donate.

Wendy Kramer | Posted 07.28.2016 | Parents
Wendy Kramer

Some offspring do long to know their genetic parents. If relationships evolve after connecting, then that's icing on the cake for all involved. It's time that the rights of donor conceived people to search for, and connect with their first degree genetic relatives are acknowledged.

6 Reasons Why Birth Control Should Be More Accessible in the United States

Kyle McCarthy | Posted 07.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Kyle McCarthy

In most countries in the world, women are able to access birth control without a prescription. However, today, women in the United States are unable to get birth control over-the-counter. But in two states this is about to change.

Salvador's Draconian Abortion Laws: A Miscarriage of Justice

Medea Benjamin | Posted 07.27.2016 | World
Medea Benjamin

An overwhelming number of women in El Salvador -- particularly poor, unmarried, uneducated women -- face outrageous human rights violations as they are denied autonomy over their bodies. El Salvador has one of the strictest and most archaic anti-abortion laws in the world.

Republican Men Against Women's Rights

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 07.27.2016 | Politics
Fran Moreland Johns

There is something unnerving about the rush of Republican presidential candidates to go on record as standing firmly against women's reproductive rights. They do not have the vaguest notion of what it is like to be pregnant as a result of abuse, incest, assault or a multitude of other wrongs, or simply what it is like to be a woman denied control of her own body.