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Ruth Proskauer Smith, 1907-2010

Kelli Conlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Kelli Conlin

Ruth Proskauer Smith, a founding hero of the reproductive rights movement, died last night at 102 years of age. As we celebrate today the anniversary...

Can You Hear Us Now? Leadership Needed on the 37th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Jessica Arons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jessica Arons

On Roe v. Wade's 32nd anniversary five years ago, we urged progressive leaders to articulate and defend a clear, comprehensive, and moral vision for r...

New Report: 2009 a Mix of Highs and Lows for Pro-Choice Americans

Nancy Keenan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Keenan

A new report arrives as Congress continues to debate abortion coverage in health-care reform, reflecting a mix of progress and setbacks for choice across the country.

Why Brown Is Not the Pro-Life Candidate In Massachusetts Senate Race

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

How is the defeat of health care a pro-life position? A recent study from Harvard Medical School claims 40,000 Americans die on average every year as a consequence of having no health insurance.

Truth Is Indeed One of the First Casualties of War

Jon O'Brien | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon O'Brien

Despite his carefully nuanced positions, we know that Jim Wallis is anti-choice and opposes access to comprehensive reproductive health services for women.

If You Have Donated To The RNC Since 1991, You Have Funded Abortion

Melinda Warner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Melinda Warner

Using the RNC's logic, every person who has donated money since 1991 has also funded abortions, because a portion went towards the employer's portion of each employee's health care premium.

Stupak Amendment Supported By Many Previously Pro-Choice Democrats

FiveThirtyEight | Nate Silver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When I first learned that the Stupak Amendment, which would prevent abortion from being covered under health care plans included in the health care in...

The "Born Alive" Myth: Tale Turned Political Tool

Reproductive Justice | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reproductive Justice

The substitution of "baby" for "fetus" in the debate over born-alive bills is just another way for opponents of abortion to derail the abortion debate by blurring the lines between abortion and infanticide.

Day of Action for Women's Health 1/13/2010

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marcia G. Yerman

Women (and men) who believe that women's health care should be "safe, fair, and covered," have the opportunity to make their voices heard today by joi...

Pro-Life Pretense

Cristina Page | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cristina Page

Obama's still-to-be released common ground agenda in the abortion conflict is already having a profound and largely overlooked effect: it has exposed deep fault lines in the pro-life movement.

The Scarlet Letter Revisited: Sen. Nelson and Abortion Shaming

Sally Steenland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Steenland

It's been a while since we made women stitch scarlet A's to their clothes as one of their many punishments for having babies out of wedlock. That kind...

Another Look at Stupak-Pitts

Lanny Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lanny Davis

Stupak amendment supporters should support a proposal that requires that at least one insurance policy on a state exchange include abortion coverage so long as another, identical policy does not include abortion coverage.

Abortion Rights Groups Scramble In Stupak Amendment's Wake

AP | JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Abortion rights groups, outflanked and outnumbered in the health debate, are scrambling to regain lost ground after the House passe...

Conservative Catholic College Rejects Birth Control

Reproductive Justice | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Reproductive Justice

Belmont Abbey College argued in court that it was a secular institution in order to receive state funds, but then removed birth control from its employee health care plan. Their reason? The Catholic Church.

Peace and Persuasion

Cristina Page | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cristina Page

Obama's goal seems to be to appeal to a reasonable group that can talk to, rather than past, each other about abortion. If he's going to succeed, he has to confront those who perceive common ground as a threat.

Oklahoma Abortion Laws Forcing Women To Reveal Their Race And Relationships Spark Court Battles

AP | SEAN MURPHY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

OKLAHOMA CITY — Abortion rights supporters have challenged two new Oklahoma laws that would give the state some of the strictest abortion laws i...

Ex-Kansas Attorney General Subpoenaed In Tiller Murder Trial

AP | ROXANA HEGEMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WICHITA, Kan. — Defense attorneys for a man charged with killing one of the nation's few late-term abortion providers have subpoenaed two state ...

Rumble in Little Rhody: Patrick Kennedy Takes On The Bishop And The Church's Moral Myopia

Bennet Kelley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bennet Kelley

Providence Bishop Tobin's barring Patrick Kennedy from receiving communion is an assault on the separation of church and state now enshrined in the First Amendment and the Kennedy legacy itself.

Harvard Stands Up to Stupak

Leah Reis-Dennis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leah Reis-Dennis

Watch out, America's politicians, students are back on the streets. We voted last year because of Obama, and you have just given us a reason to vote next year.

And Once Again, It's Abortion

Vanessa Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Vanessa Carmichael

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a comprehensive health care plan for the United States -- a plan that will cover 96% of Americans. That is a victory for women.

Abortion in Health Care Reform: The Fight is Far From Over

Eleanor Smeal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eleanor Smeal

The so-called Stupak Amendment is an outrageous denial of choice to women, dictated behind the scenes by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and their army of lobbyists.

Misremembering Dr. Tiller: How Law & Order Got It Wrong

Nancy Northup | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Nancy Northup

The show's recent character, Dr. Benning, provides abortions later in pregnancy, like Dr. Tiller, and was shot in his church after surviving a prior shooting, like Dr. Tiller. There the similarities end.

'Wanted Child': Sotomayor Phrase May Hint At Opinion On Abortion Rights

True/Slant | Katie Klonick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In the recent New Yorker story on Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Lauren Collins slips in an un-reported quote from the newest justice, which minority senat...

Stepping Up the Pressure: The Archbishop Comes to the Abortion Clinic

Reproductive Justice | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Reproductive Justice

Every woman has different life circumstances. Every pregnancy produces different challenges. Who is more able to assess the moral validity of every woman's abortion? I certainly don't think it's the Archbishop.

Planned Parenthood To Fight Stupak-Pitts Provision

The Huffington Post | Jenna Staul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Planned Parenthood and its pro-choice allies are launching a grassroots lobbying front against the Stupak amendment -- the provision in the House's re...