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Can Women Decide for Themselves?

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
Fran Moreland Johns

Not a bad idea at all, making one's own decisions. Unfortunately, it's not always easy today if those are health care decisions, especially if you're a woman, especially if you're poor, especially if you live in the many, many areas of the U.S. without access to a women's health clinic.

Abortion Wars: A Judge Speaks of Women's Health, Women's Needs

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Fran Moreland Johns

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson, in his recent ruling that Alabama's abortion law must go to trial, raises the interesting issue of an "undue burden" on pregnant women. Imagine that. Bringing the focus around to women.

Winning the Future for Women in Politics and Service

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 06.03.2014 | Impact
Ola Ojewumi

As a country, we are failing in our efforts to include women in national and local politics while subjecting politicians to insufferable forms of sexism

Katie at the Kroger: A 'Stronger Together' Moment

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 05.31.2014 | Women
Rev. Susan Russell

It means supporting each other in the struggle to challenge those using women's reproductive health as a bargaining chip in the game of patriarchal politics.

Tea Party Rep. John Fleming Flip-Flopped on Abortion -- And No One Noticed

R. Kyle Alagood | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
R. Kyle Alagood

I wrote a Shreveport Times column this week in an attempt to spark meaningful conversation about poverty and health care in Louisiana. What I never expected was that my column would become Dr. Fleming's springboard for announcing he has moderated his abortion access position.

How Tulane Students Are Fighting for Reproductive Rights

Emma Johnson | Posted 05.21.2014 | College
Emma Johnson

Anticipating a barrage of anti-abortion, or TRAP laws this legislative session, Tulane students are mobilizing with other pro-choice organizations to keep abortion and women's healthcare resources available to Louisiana women.

The Story of the Woman-Bashing Meme

Varda Epstein | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
Varda Epstein

Here's a funny thing about politics: people assume that "right-wing conservative" translates to gun-toting, anti-abortion, intolerant, bigoted, sexist homophobe

How to Host a Fetus

Erin Gibson | Posted 04.28.2014 | Comedy
Erin Gibson

In response to Virginia Senator Steve Martin's remarks about reproductive rights, I dove into my collection of Victorian etiquette books to find more information on the proper way to host a fetus.

The Big Hollywood Lie About Abortions

www.upworthy.com | Posted 02.23.2014 | Women

For this infographic, researchers looked at every single American movie or TV show that featured an abortion storyline going all the way back to 1916....

Keeping Bosses Out of Our Birth Control

Karen Middleton | Posted 04.20.2014 | Denver
Karen Middleton

Providing a basic health service to millions of people shouldn't be up for debate, but the bosses fighting this law want to do whatever it takes to push their way into decisions that should stay between an individual and their doctor.

I'm Pro-Choice and I'm a Man -- Why More Men Need to Speak Up For Reproductive Rights

Bustle | Posted 04.13.2014 | Women
Bustle

As a man who is also a feminist, I feel somewhat uncomfortable making the argument that the pro-choice movement needs more men. It reeks of "knight-and-shining-armor"-ism. But as with any social cause, this fight is ultimately about changing minds.

A New Way of Being 'Pro-Choice'

Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder | Posted 04.12.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder

Ella Baker had a 'pro-choice' moment. In that moment, she seized the opportunity and made a decision that would turn the tide of history. She chose to do what far exceeded herself. Her name, her work and her spirit thrive.

The Threat to Reproductive Health Care -- Part 2

Terry O'Neill | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

Laws that restrict or deny access to reproductive health care procedures are openly discriminatory against women. How many lawmakers do you know who have dreamed up restriction after restriction after restriction to block men's access to vasectomy?

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.

Subtle Evangelist - Part II

Gregory P. Demetriou | Posted 04.02.2014 | Religion
Gregory P. Demetriou

The fire inside me is being fanned, no longer a mere ember but a coming flame. I sense my reactions to statements claiming "reproductive rights" or "pro-choice" rhetoric changing everyday. Am I being changed slowly? Or am I still hiding behind my pin?

TRAP Laws Restrict Abortion Rights the Same Way Poll Taxes and Literacy Tests Restricted Voting Rights

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

In Louisiana, a new law has the potential to shut down every abortion provider in the state. Does that law ban abortions? No, not specifically. But it's an example of something that has become much more prevalent in recent years, namely TRAP laws.

Did You See How Republicans Tried to Tamper With Women's Health Insurance Plans This Week?

Rep. Carolyn Maloney | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Rep. Carolyn Maloney

For years, Republicans have tried to get between a woman and her doctor. Now they're trying to come between a woman and her health insurance company.

Huckabee's Strong Words Arouse Women's Libidos

Daryl Rowland | Posted 03.31.2014 | Comedy
Daryl Rowland

Authorities have asked news outlets to voluntarily refrain from showing or posting the video clip, but bootlegged copies are being shared across social media and attacks continue to mount. Aging evangelicals are advised to stay home.

Why I'm #ProTransProChoice

Alice Wilder | Posted 03.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Alice Wilder

The goal is not having a perfect record of perfect activism. Nobody has that. Including transgender folks in the reproductive justice movement complicates things -- and that's a good thing.

Reproductive Rights in a State of Emergency

Dennis Trainor | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Dennis Trainor

This Wednesday marked the 41st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.

Beyond Single-Issue Politics on the 41st Anniversary of Roe v. Wade: Young Reproductive Rights Activists Are Social Justice Activists

Kelley Robinson | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Kelley Robinson

This fight isn't about being "pro-choice" or "pro-life." Those outdated labels don't come close to defining who we are or the complexity of this issue. Instead of talking about what divides us, let's talk about what the majority of us agree on: that women's health care decisions should be left to a woman and her doctor.

Obama Reaffirms Commitment To Reproductive Freedom

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is marking the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion by reaffirming his ad...

State Victories Create Dilemma For Abortion Foes

AP | DAVID CRARY and JOHN HANNA | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Opponents who have chipped away at abortion with state-level restrictions are facing a dilemma in some of the places where they ...

City's Anti-Abortion Banners Spark Free Speech Debate

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

The message on an anti-abortion group’s banners in San Francisco has sparked a fiery debate, calling on the city to determine when free speech becom...

Controversial North Carolina Abortion Law Struck Down

AP | EMERY P. DALESIO | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge in North Carolina says a state law requiring women who want an abortion to have an ultrasound and then have ...