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1-800-FAM(ily)-PLAN(ning), INC.

Amy Sewell | Posted 04.29.2016 | Politics
Amy Sewell

The slew of recent articles about abortion has only reinforced the importance of getting our government and its laws off our bodies. The old joke that if men got pregnant, abortions would be handled "drive-through" like at a fast food restaurant -- is no joke.

My Voice Is My Right, Not "Your Gift"

Zoha Qamar | Posted 03.29.2016 | Women
Zoha Qamar

My brain frantically scours for the line between the patience we have grown and groomed over these days on Umrah and the right to defend one's dignity against defamation -- not to mention an additional stand against an entire gender's general reduction into one, incapable stereotype -- but my mind quickly realizes we are way past this point.

Here Comes the Travel Rights Spring!

Christopher Elliott | Posted 03.21.2016 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

It started with a proposed bill to set minimum seat sizes on planes. Then a senator took on hotel resort fees, and another put airline surcharges in h...

Women Supporting Women, People Supporting People

Debra Ruh | Posted 03.18.2016 | Women
Debra Ruh

Women should support each other but never take away the right for another woman to vote for someone that has a different gender or opinion than us.

Well, That's a Game Changer

Jessica Waters | Posted 02.22.2016 | Politics
Jessica Waters

The death of Justice Antonin Scalia will undoubtedly have significant ramifications for many cases currently pending before the Supreme Court. Arguably, however, the stakes are among the highest in the Court's upcoming consideration of a Texas law restricting abortion access.

Haskell Wexler, Storyteller of Our Times

Ian Ruskin | Posted 01.05.2016 | Arts
Ian Ruskin

We left at close to midnight. I was exhilarated and exhausted -- it was a huge day in my life -- and Haskell was tired but glowing. This is what he did, filming stories that he cared about.

The 'Look'

Mike Domitrz | Posted 12.17.2015 | Style
Mike Domitrz

Dating can be a very anxious experience. We have found a person we are interested in, we have gotten up the courage to express our interest and now we are exploring the relationship by getting to know each other.

Not Knowing Is Not an Excuse

Mike Domitrz | Posted 12.08.2015 | Education
Mike Domitrz

As "Yes Means Yes" policies become more common at colleges, some scholars have argued that such policies leave too much open for interpretation and co...

Mormon Church Punishes Children Of LGBT Parents for Parents' 'Transgressions'

John Halstead | Posted 11.10.2015 | Religion
John Halstead

In the Mormon view, children are not cursed by any "original sin" and children are not responsible for the sins of their parents -- until now. Despite of the Church's inept attempts to justify this policy, many Mormons and non-Mormons, are seeing it as punishing the children for the "sins" of their LGBT parents.

Asylum: What You Should Know Before Applying

Umar Akbar Ahmed | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics
Umar Akbar Ahmed

The United States offers protections to individuals who have suffered persecution, or fear that they will suffer persecution, due to their race, religion, national origin, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group.

Equal Rights for Adoptees Cannot Be Compromised

Mirah Riben | Posted 09.08.2016 | Impact
Mirah Riben

Equal civil and human rights cannot be compromised! Equal is not equal when it contains any caveat, no more than "separate but equal" is equal.

Madrid and San Francisco, Gateways for Diversity and Inclusion

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 07.01.2016 | Queer Voices
Gaia Paradiso

Today Madrid opens its doors to Madrid Orgullo-Madrid Pride, which has been for years the largest urban event celebrated in Europe, bringing about two million people together in the main streets and squares of the city.

In the Marketplace of Ideas, the Confederate Flag Is a No Sale

Jim Moore | Posted 06.29.2016 | Politics
Jim Moore

Americans treasure our individuality, and we hold tenaciously to the idea that what happens inside the case of our brains is sacrosanct. We can think what we want; no American institution can attempt to suppress our ideas. Here is where it gets tricky.

What Does The Future Hold For The Women of Jordan?

Zeena Saifi | Posted 06.08.2016 | Women
Zeena Saifi

Despite the obvious imbalance that Jordanian society has reached, a majority of women have come to accept the notion of a male-dominated society. Why have the women of the developing world been equal in responsibilities and burdens, but unequal in entitlements and rights?

Does Nature Have Rights?

Martin Bunzl | Posted 06.03.2016 | Green
Martin Bunzl

Writing about historical carbon output, like most philosophers, I worry about who has done what, who is owed and who owes, whether ignorance matters or not, and so on. But in all of this debate there is an embarrassing silence about "Nature."

Gender Fluid Generation: Evolving Gender Norms at School

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

The first time I learned that gender could be fluid was in sex ed in the 9th grade. I remember the teacher mumbling under her breath that some people don't identify their gender with the biological sex they were born with.

Supported Housing: Persons With Disabilities and the "New Institutions"

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 04.10.2015 | Impact
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

It is clear to me that the state of these Assisted Living and Supported Housing programs must be changed. They must connect with the individual on how it feels to live like this, and what the emotional impacts in fact are.

The Measles Outbreak: A Predictable Surprise

Terry Newell | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
Terry Newell

Vaccination rates in many locales have dropped below the 95-percent level needed for "herd immunity." For too many, it seems, the individual's "right" to avoid vaccination trumps that individual's responsibility to help protect the community's most vulnerable citizens, who cannot be vaccinated due to age or medical condition.

Why I Am Raising My Child to Be a Feminist and Why I Think You Should Too

Dan Arel | Posted 03.14.2015 | Parents
Dan Arel

Raising a feminist means raising a child who looks for these disparities in our society and instead of accepting them as a social norm, sets out to eradicate them.

A Different Type of Attack on Minority Rights in Texas

Kevin Price | Posted 03.14.2015 | Business
Kevin Price

When it comes to the issue of "minority rights," thoughts immediately wander to race, gender, age, or sexual preference. In the state of Texas, there is a different type of minority rights battle at stake and the war over it went all the way to the Texas Supreme Court.

Young People, Media and Health: Risks and Rights

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.22.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

The agonizing book chapter title "Stealing Children's Innocence in Egypt: Media Literacy, Human Rights and Roads of Violence" hit the nail on the head...

Slavery, Hong Kong and Inalienable Rights: We've Got It Wrong

Janessa E. Robinson | Posted 01.04.2015 | Black Voices
Janessa E. Robinson

"American slaves were liberated in 1861 but did not get voting rights until 107 years later. So why can't Hong Kong wait for a while?" Recently Laura Cha, a Hong Kong politician, made this rather unnerving statement in reference to pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong who have been protesting having their election ballots limited to China-vetted candidates only.

Palestinian Trying to Rebuild Progressive Women Radio

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 11.30.2014 | Media
Daoud Kuttab

When I met Islam Barbar in a Gaza restaurant in 2012 while on a human rights mission, I was impressed with her cheerful demeanor but taken aback by the hopelessness that she felt.

Defend Your Natural Rights

Maria Rodale | Posted 11.09.2014 | Green
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Maya K. van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper Our rights to free speech and religious freedom are among the many fundamental rights...

The Problem Is in the Hyphen

Courtney McKinney | Posted 10.19.2014 | Black Voices
Courtney McKinney

I am American. Some of my ancestors were born here and knew no other land, some of my ancestors journeyed here from Europe, and some of my ancestors were brought here from Africa. I don't know the complete stories of any of their lives, but I know their stories merge to create mine. One that is very specifically American.