Contraception saves lives, prevents unplanned pregnancies, improves outcomes for children and reduces the number of abortions. As an adoption attorney, I know firsthand how difficult and how private these choices are for women.
Santorum represents a strain in American politics that believes preventing unintended and unwanted pregnancies is both a moral wrong and a social ill: women who engage in sexual intercourse -- voluntarily or not -- should have children by chance, not by choice.
At the end of the day, each woman has to be able to make these health-related decisions for herself. It is not her employer, but her own sense of morality and the counsel of her doctor that must guide her choices.
The US population is wealthier, older, less fertile and more influenced by immigration than the other countries projected to experience major population growth, so why is the U.S. population is expected to grow much more than other wealthy countries?
It's time for the women and men who fought so hard to establish reproductive rights in the first place to shake off their complacence: their hard-fought gains are in jeopardy. It's also time for young adults, who have taken their reproductive rights for granted, to take a stand.
In 2011, Congress' cup runneth over with attempts to limit or restrict completely women's health and rights, both at home and abroad. In 2012, there is a presidency at stake -- so what does that mean for women's health and rights in the coming year?
Republicans have been anti-abortion since time immemorial, but there was a time when GOP leaders supported, or at least countenanced, government support for contraceptives. Those days appear to have vanished.
Newt Gingrich loves new ideas. But, often, he's not very faithful to those ideas. There was a time, not that long ago, that he was infatuated with the idea of actually doing something about climate change.