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Compromising Funding Is Compromising Women's Lives (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2011 | 10:42 AM

By Jasmine Burnett, Regional Coordinator for SisterSong Women Of Color Reproductive Justice Collective

The Planned Parenthood New York March for Women's Health ignited a voice that said, "We will not be bullied by the racist and oppressive tactics that the Anti-Choice camp is using to drive a wedge...

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Dangerous Claims That Abortion Is Genocide

(62) Comments | Posted January 13, 2011 | 11:49 AM

By Pam Chamberlain, Senior Researcher, Political Research Associates.

The anti-abortion right wing is hard at work trying to drive a wedge into communities of color. A conspiracy theory -- which alleges that abortion amounts to genocide perpetrated by white people on minority communities -- is gathering steam. It started this...

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Black Abortion: Genocide or Uplift?

(128) Comments | Posted November 30, 2010 | 11:49 AM

by Toma Lynn Smith, Volunteer escort for an abortion provider in Louisville, KY

Some will say abortion is slavery. As a volunteer who escorts patients into an abortion clinic to "fend off" the protesters, I routinely meet the people who spew that kind of rhetoric.

Once, a female protester...

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Black Church Denounces Anti-Abortion 'Genocide' Lies (VIDEO)

(61) Comments | Posted November 11, 2010 | 7:25 PM

By Reverend Dr. Carlton W. Veazey, President and CEO, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

As a black man born in the South in the 1930s, I vividly remember the devastation caused by illegal abortion, the hardships and indignities suffered by black women and poor women faced with an unwanted pregnancy...

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Pregnant Women Who Use Drugs Love Their Children too

(22) Comments | Posted June 3, 2010 | 5:41 PM

National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) works on behalf of all pregnant women including pregnant women who have been arrested and charged with child abuse or some other crime because they continued a pregnancy to term in spite of a drug problem. These pregnant women are particularly unpopular....

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Segregating HIV Positive Inmates Is Medically Unjustified and Hinders Rehabilitation

(8) Comments | Posted May 20, 2010 | 6:08 PM

In 1998, the state of South Carolina enacted legislation mandating that HIV positive prisoners be segregated from the rest of the inmate population. Alabama is the only other state in the country that also segregates HIV positive prisoners. (Mississippi gave up the policy this past March.)

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Alternative Sentencing to Maternal Incarceration Saves Money and Families

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2010 | 12:44 PM

By Malika Saada Saar, Executive Director of The Rebecca Project for Human Rights

There are now more mothers behind bars than at any other point in US history. But these mothers are invisible to most of us.

They exist mostly as caricatures of the ultimate bad mother. They are...

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Baltimore Becomes First City in US to Require Crisis Pregnancy Centers to Admit They Don't Provide Abortion

(30) Comments | Posted May 3, 2010 | 9:06 PM

Video by STV Productions

If you are a woman between the ages of 18-24 and you are having sex, you are a target. A local pregnancy ministry, also known as...

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Democrats Spend $250 Million on Ineffective Abstinence Programs

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2010 | 12:30 PM

Imagine a quarter of a billion dollars, approved by Democrats for programs which the vast majority of them know don't work. The money was attached to the health-care bill to resurrect Title V money for abstinence-only-until-marriage programs. The question is, when no Republicans were involved in this effort,...

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Incarcerating Pregnant Women Who Are Struggling With Addiction Makes for Bad Law and Even Worse Public Policy

(4) Comments | Posted April 6, 2010 | 5:17 PM

By Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project

For Ina Cochran, it all began more than four years ago, when she gave birth to a baby girl at Kentucky's Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center. The next day, the hospital tested Ms. Cochran and her baby for illicit drugs. As a result...

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Are Black Children An "Endangered Species"?

(33) Comments | Posted April 6, 2010 | 5:08 PM

Video-report by Hunter Stuart and STV Productions

Black Abortion Battleground: Georgia

by Heidi Williamson, National Advocacy Coordinator of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective

The black community is the frequent testing...

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Who Put Failed Ab-Only Programs Back in Health Care Reform?

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2010 | 4:20 PM

By James Wagoner, President, Advocates for Youth

Lost in the shuffle of analysis of the new health care reform legislation, is the fact that Democrats included over $250 million for failed Title V abstinence-only-until-marriage programs. The funds had been inserted in the health care reform legislation by Orrin...

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Profile Of A Teen Mother

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2010 | 10:35 AM

It was a whirlwind last summer: I met her dad when I came home from training in the military, and we hit it off immediately.

One day he just asked me if I would have his baby and I agreed. I didn't take it as seriously as he did...

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Sex Ed in Utah

(10) Comments | Posted February 15, 2010 | 12:37 PM

by Senator Steve Urquhart (R - UT)

My legislative district in St. George, Utah, is conservative, and I am conservative. Yet, I am running legislation to promote contraceptive education. Why? Well, I'll tell you.

Though we can - and should - wrestle to our heart's content on issues...

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Parental Notification Laws for Abortion Cause Physical and Emotional Harm

(50) Comments | Posted February 5, 2010 | 4:24 PM

While Illinois has a mandatory parental involvement law on the books, it has long been enjoined. Thus, young women in Illinois who are capable of making their own abortion decision can do so with the guidance of their healthcare provider and other trusted adults. They are not forced to involve...

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Obama Can't Make Eye Contact With Abortion Rights

(3) Comments | Posted January 28, 2010 | 9:48 AM

The following post is written by Loretta J. Ross, founder and the National Coordinator of the Sister Song Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective.

I find myself somewhat depressed by what's going on in this moment. A year ago, millions of us watched with great hope the inauguration...

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Reproductive Education Program Helps Break Poverty Cycle

(3) Comments | Posted January 27, 2010 | 4:40 PM

By Aimee Lassor, Student Support Specialist with Communities In Schools, Johns Island, S.C.

One of my former students, a graduate of the class of 2009, came to visit me recently. Her name is Precious and her struggles have been as difficult as the struggles faced by the character Precious made...

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STOPP Unintended Teen Pregnancy

(8) Comments | Posted January 14, 2010 | 3:54 PM

By Dr. Janice Key, Professor of Adolescent Medicine at the Medical University South Carolina

In my community, Charleston, South Carolina, more teens get pregnant and fewer graduate from high school than the national average. This is especially true in the rural parts of our county where there are few resources...

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Gender Queer in the Midwest

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2010 | 5:50 PM

Documentary-short by Stuart Productions

The Midwest is crawling with queers. Not because of any strong presence but in the more literal sense. Queers are crawling because we do not have the space...

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Catholic Hospitals Back Health Care Reform: Bart Stupak Continues to Whine

(17) Comments | Posted January 5, 2010 | 2:35 PM

A group representing America's Catholic hospitals announced last week that it would support the Senate's health care reform legislation. This represents a break with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which opposes the Senate bill, and, perhaps even "providing political cover" for pro-life Democrats to support the bill.

David Kirkpatrick...

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