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Missouri Shreds Academic Freedom

Mona Shattell | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Mona Shattell

Missouri's anti-choice legislature, in consistently chipping away at reproductive rights, has taken a decidedly different approach in attacking reproductive health access. Now these same legislative extremists are playing politics with teaching and research at the University of Missouri.

4 Women On Why Abortion Was The Right Choice For Them

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 11.10.2015 | Women

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Doctor's 1974 Testimony Shows Just How Dangerous It Is When Abortion Is Illegal

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 10.09.2015 | Women

Over 40 years after it was given, one doctor's Congressional testimony offers a chilling reminder of how fatal restricted abortion access can be.&nbs...

Abortion and Maternal Health: The Global Health Crisis No One Is Talking About

Christine Charbonneau | Posted 09.30.2015 | Women
Christine Charbonneau

We as a society, from Seattle to Dubai, must eliminate restrictions on a woman's ability to decide when and if she has children, because no woman should die from an unsafe abortion.

The Day I Took My Frozen Embryo for a Road Trip

Kelly Hedglin Bowen | Posted 09.16.2015 | Women
Kelly Hedglin Bowen

"Transport it yourself," my doctor said when I ask how physically to move the specimen from the lab up the road to his office. "They charge a hefty delivery fee." What I discovered was retrieving your frozen embryo is, strangely, like running any errand.

A Real Victory for Women and Girls

Françoise Girard | Posted 08.06.2015 | 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.

Honoring Dr. George Tiller

Julie Burkhart | Posted 06.02.2015 | 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.

The Future of Surrogacy in Minnesota

Erin Havel | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Erin Havel

There will be a few challenges along the way, and here's a big one. You found your life's mate and you are ready to start a family. The only trouble is, because of your medical history, your body is incapable of holding a pregnancy to term.

Boston's Forgotten Role in the Women's Movement

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.05.2015 | Women
Irene Monroe

Dore documents the hilarity, excitement and outright boldness (along with the scandalous moments) of the Movement. If you thought for one moment these women lacked chutzpah, Dore quickly disabuses you of the notion.

There's a 72-Hour Imposed Waiting Period for Abortions (And This Is Why You Need to Know About It)

H. Alan Scott | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics
H. Alan Scott

Half of all states have a mandatory waiting period of 24 hours, but Missouri, South Dakota and Utah took it a step further. And sorry not sorry, if your pregnancy falls on a weekend or holiday, you've got to wait even longer.

Hyde Amendment: 38 Year Legacy of Interference With Religious Liberty and Values

Rev. Kelli Clement | Posted 11.30.2014 | Religion
Rev. Kelli Clement

I believe that a woman, no matter what her economic circumstances, should have access to safe and dignified reproductive health care. I believe that a woman facing an unintended pregnancy is best suited to make decisions for herself and her family.

The 'Inward Change' One Woman Experienced After Sharing Her Abortion Story

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 09.18.2014 | Women

Nine years after having an abortion, Amanda Englund decided to share her experience, and her life completely changed. In a conversation with HuffP...

City May Be First City To Oppose Sex-Selective Abortion Bans

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics

San Francisco Supervisor David Chiu (D) introduced a resolution this week that would make the city the first in the U.S. to formally oppose sex-select...

Why I Traveled To Ethiopia To Get My Birth Control

Joan Erakit | Posted 10.07.2014 | Women
Joan Erakit

The healthcare provider assured me that there was no need to make an appointment -- here at Mulu, patients came in and got family planning counseling services on a "walk in" basis. In addition, all family planning services and contraceptives were free. With the incentives mounting high and a full range of choices available, I could find no better place to start planning for my family.

Fighting Back Against 'Hobby Lobby'

Eric T. Schneiderman | Posted 09.16.2014 | New York
Eric T. Schneiderman

New York State has long been a leader in advancing women's equality, stretching back to the Seneca Falls Convention 166 years ago this weekend. Sadly, as we mark this important anniversary, hard-won victories by the women's rights movement are being threatened by a radical right wing that seeks to roll back the progress we've made.

In 2014, Still Not Independence Day for Women

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.06.2014 | Women
Irene Monroe

America's need to showcase her indomitable spirit of heroism this July 4th celebration arrives mired by the two recent Supreme Court -- both highlighting a "war against women."

Woman's Abortion Video Doesn't Sit So Well With Conservatives

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 05.07.2014 | Media

When Emily Letts found out she was pregnant last November she knew she would get an abortion. In an effort to help inform women facing a similar situa...

Women: Good News, Bad News

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 06.14.2014 | Women
Fran Moreland Johns

The years ahead could be not good times to be a woman. Childcare support? Abortion access? Equal pay? Contraception coverage? How we will fare in the years ahead -- those of us who are females of the species -- is an open question; and some of the answers being bandied about are not pretty.

NSFW: Topless Female Activists Storm Anti-Abortion Rally

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 03.26.2014 | World

Topless female activists, their faces smeared in black-and-white paint to look like skeletons, stormed a pro-life rally in Spain on Sunday. Five m...

It's Time to Talk

Sally Steenland | Posted 04.07.2014 | Religion
Sally Steenland

One might assume that to be religious is to be anti-choice -- and conversely, that one cannot be both a person of faith and a supporter of abortion care. But in reality, people of faith have long supported a woman's right to make the complex decision about whether to have a child.

Please Keep Your Fetal Recommendations to Yourself

Angela Hartlin | Posted 03.25.2014 | Women
Angela Hartlin

I'm not here to preach the multi-faceted pro-choice stance, but when I am taking the bus and look at this insulting ad, I feel like I am being judged for decisions I am lucky to have not ever been in the position to make.

Mark Ruffalo Speaks Out For Women's Rights

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

In honor of the the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade on Jan. 23, actor Mark Ruffalo shared a piece of his personal history in a short video and spoke a...

Mandatory Ultrasounds? They're Only Trying to Help...

Rick Horowitz | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

"We're on your side -- now roll over!" ...

Jennifer Bendery

Texas Abortion Bill Author Argued No Health Care For Unborn Because 'They're Not Born Yet' | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Texas State Rep. Jodie Laubenberg (R), the author of the radically anti-abortion bill making its way through the Texas Legislature this ...

Texas Republican Links Rape Kits To Abortions

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

Amid a heated debate over a restrictive anti-abortion bill being pushed by Texas GOP lawmakers, one Republican argued that a proposed exemption for ra...