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Looking Back: Positive Childfree Trends In 2016

Laura Carroll | Posted 12.31.2016 | Women
Laura Carroll

At the beginning of 2016, I took stock of 40+ years of talking about the childfree choice. As we near the end of this year, I'd like to do the same just for this past year, and this time widen the discussion a bit. What positive trends have we seen this past year? Here are six.

Venezuelan Women Reluctantly Opt For Sterilization Amid Economic Crisis

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 08.03.2016 | World

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela’s food shortages, inflation and crumbling medical sector have become such a source of anguish that a growing number of...

Another One Bites The Dust

Rachel Hawkins | Posted 06.02.2016 | Women
Rachel Hawkins

Sod's law. I'm well acquainted with the law of Sod, whoever he is. Just when you think something is OK and dare you happen to mention it publicly then along comes Sod and bites you on the arse.

Sterilisation: Old Enough To Have A Baby, Too Young To Decide Not To

Rachel Hawkins | Posted 05.18.2016 | Women
Rachel Hawkins

I've found a new woman I admire. Strong, opinionated women who stick to their guns are individuals I stick on something of a pedestal. In a world wh...

Amnesty International Wants Latin American Countries To Stop Forcibly Sterilizing Women With HIV

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 03.08.2016 | World

Amnesty International is asking Latin American and Caribbean governments to decriminalize abortion and stop forcibly sterilizing women with HIV. The...

Want Your Tubes Tied At A Catholic Hospital? Try Threatening To Sue.

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 08.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Catholic hospital on Monday reversed its decision to deny a pregnant woman post-birth sterilization after the ACLU threatened to sue, ...

In India, Gaps in Quality of Care Leave Women Seeking Sterilization Vulnerable

Pranita Achyut | Posted 05.12.2016 | World
Pranita Achyut

Nearly six months ago, 16 women died - and scores more were hospitalized - after undergoing sterilization procedures in Chhattisgarh, India. Myriad factors contributed to this tragedy, including unsanitary conditions, potentially tainted drugs, clinic staff that was both overworked and under-qualified, and apathy from the health system as well as doctors and nurses.

Deaths After Mass Sterilization Put India's Top Contraception Method Under Scrutiny

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 11.12.2014 | World

An Indian surgeon sterilized 83 young women in just six hours on Saturday. Dozens of them later fell sick, and by Wednesday, 13 of them had died, acco...

Friday Talking Points -- Congress Briefly Interrupts 3-Month Vacation to 'Work'

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Congress followed up their recent five-week vacation with almost two whole weeks of actually doing their jobs, so to reward themselves they're now going to take off on another vacation. Until mid-November.

Warning: This Birth Control Product May Be Hazardous to Your Health

Maria Rodale | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Diana Zuckerman, PhD, president of the National Research Center for Women & Families "Was I just unlucky, or is this medical product...

Sterilization Abuse in State Prisons: Time to Break With California's Long Eugenic Patterns

Alex Stern | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics
Alex Stern

The recent revelation that 148 female prisoners in two California institutions were sterilized between 2006 and 2010 is another example of the state's long history of reproductive injustice and the ongoing legacy of eugenics.

Sentenced to Forfeit Human Rights

Anika Rahman | Posted 09.09.2013 | Crime
Anika Rahman

It is heartbreaking and shocking to learn that even today, in a liberal state, American women continue to be denied their fundamental human right to decide whether or not to have children again.

What's Your Method?: A Blog Series on Contraception

Impatient Optimists | Posted 04.30.2013 | Women
Impatient Optimists

What's Your Method? is an Impatient Optimists blog series that offers a window into many of the contraceptive options for women and girls around the w...

LOOK: PETA's Bizarre New Campaign

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 01.25.2013 | Green

A rather bizarre pro-spaying demonstration involving humans dressed as condoms and a model named Lacey Banghard has some people scratching their heads...

Hey Anti-Choicers: Coercion Is Always Wrong

John Seager | Posted 11.01.2012 | Politics
John Seager

Thank goodness Mississippi voters -- as have voters in every other state where this issue has appeared on the ballot -- put the rights of women above the "rights" of fertilized eggs. But how soon until a state does restrict birth control?

Before Meningitis Outbreak, Pharmacy Avoided Sanctions

Reuters | Posted 12.22.2012 | Healthy Living

By Toni Clarke and Tim McLaughlin BOSTON, Oct 23 (Reuters) - The pharmacy tied to a deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak escaped harsh puni...

Politics and Draghi Speaks

Michael Farr | Posted 09.07.2012 | Business
Michael Farr

The silly season of politics is fully underway. Though it is not our habit to predict political outcomes, we are going on record with our belief that...

N.C. Racial Justice Act Vote Threatens State's Progressive Streak

Ben Jealous | Posted 08.26.2012 | Politics
Ben Jealous

If our representatives want North Carolina to prosper in the coming decades, they need to stop attacking communities of color, low-income communities and others who disagree with them. Otherwise they will drag North Carolina backwards in history.

A History of Weaponized Language

Justin Strawhand | Posted 05.26.2012 | Home
Justin Strawhand

What of legacy? Did the violent effects of eugenically-charged language die with the discrediting of the eugenics movement, or do they continue, protected by the shroud of historical forgetfulness? There are hints.

President Obama: Render Unto God the Things that Are God's

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 05.03.2012 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

Jesus is often quoted for his saying to "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's." The rest of the quote could be a message to the Obama Administration: "Render unto God the things that are God's."

"Three Generations of Imbeciles Are Enough"

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 03.26.2012 | Politics
Bennett L. Gershman

Is there any connection between the eugenics movement and the anti-choice movement? Forcing a woman to give birth -- which the anti-choice movement effectively requires -- really is not that different conceptually from preventing her from giving birth.

WATCH: Local Activists Plead With Sweden To Amend Transgender Sterilization Law

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

International human rights activists have decried Sweden's decision not to update a "barbaric" law that requires all transgender people to become ster...

Making Things Right, Many Years Later

Michael Waterstone | Posted 03.14.2012 | Politics
Michael Waterstone

Today, the idea of the state medically taking away someone's right to procreate against their will seems impossible. But from the 1930s to the late 1970s, North Carolina used eugenics to justify mandatory sterilization of people with mental disabilities, criminals and other undesirables.

Dalai Lama Advisor, Blake Kerr, Testifies in Trial Accusing Chinese of Genocide in Tibet

Robbie Vorhaus | Posted 03.07.2012 | World
Robbie Vorhaus

As a tourist in Lhasa 24 years ago, Blake Kerr witnessed Chinese soldiers and police massacring unarmed Tibetans, inspiring him to begin documenting the underside of China's military occupation of Tibet.

The Other Side of Reproductive Justice: How Sterilization and Other Forms of Coercion Are Used Against "Unworthy" Parents

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Marianne Mollmann

Coerced sterilization and castration are in many ways no different from other limitations on individual reproductive choice: they violate a number of fundamental rights, including the rights to health, privacy, and physical integrity.