"We're on your side -- now roll over!" ...
"You are the nurse?" Terese asked hesitantly. "For my sister," she went on, "you have medicine to make no more babies?"
"Want to go to a crisis pregnancy clinic?" I asked my husband one night during my first trimester of pregnancy. "No," he said flatly. "Why would we?"
Tampons and pads are not weapons of mass destruction. We do not even have enough to take care of all the women who need them. Do you think we are going to WASTE them on you?
To engage in a conversation about reproductive health with a NCGA-ordained physician, women must first scale the face of a 2,000-foot-tall cliff while singing Christian hymns and carrying a rucksack of high school "practice babies," a feat that would test even the sneakers of Wendy Davis.
To understand why Texas' new anti-abortion law is an invasion of privacy, you have to know my friend. It's a sad story, and despite what Texas Republicans might claim, it has nothing to do with abortion.
Without question, women are the nurturers in our society. So my question is this: Who is nurturing the nurturer? Who is making sure that you are getting the time, attention and emotional support that you need and deserve?
Despite significant triumphs for women over many decades, the fight for fairness and equality carries on. Discrimination and inequality continue to punish New York women, especially the pregnant women and mothers of our state with the fewest resources.
If we really want to improve women's health and reduce the abortion rate, we already know what works: invest in comprehensive sex education in school, ensure that women and girls have easy access to affordable birth control, expand access to health coverage for everyone, and protect access to quality abortion care.
North Carolina is the latest in a string of Republican states to attempt to restrict women's access to reproductive care. But why now, 40 years after Roe v. Wade, which ruled abortion a matter a privacy, are we seeing such a concerted attack from the right?
From the perspective of a straight white guy perched on the left coast, there seem to be three reasons why the women's movement hasn't produced gender equity.
In the coming weeks, NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado will be releasing a scorecard of elected officials and their record supporting -- or not -- women's reproductive health care and abortion rights. You should know who stands with you. And who doesn't.
The only thing I have any interest in enabling is for women to stop hating themselves. I don't care what weight they are doing it from.
We stand here today with open hearts, committed to speaking honestly, listening compassionately, struggling deeply, and acting with moral courage. We stand here today and affirm.
All these issues are connected -- education, health care, prenatal care, unemployment benefits, support for domestic violence services, early education, voting rights -- and access to birth control, accurate sex education, and abortion. This is how we make our state better.
Our mothers, wives, sisters and daughters are dying from these overdoses at rates never seen before. Every three minutes, a woman visits an emergency department for opioid misuse or abuse. That accounts for more than 200,000 emergency department visits a year.