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Pro Choice

Unlike Fashion, Abortion Can't Be Labeled

Nanette Lepore | Posted 03.24.2013 | Style
Nanette Lepore

Over the past few years, more and more Americans have felt less comfortable having their personal beliefs about abortion be put into a box. What does "pro-choice" or "pro-life" even mean? And why can't I be both?

40 Years After Roe: A Doctor's Opinion on the Importance of Protecting Access to Safe and Legal Abortion

Vanessa Cullins | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics
Vanessa Cullins

Roe v. Wade has had a huge impact on the health and safety of women. In 1965, illegal abortions contributed to nearly one-fifth of all pregnancy- and childbirth-related deaths. Today, less than 0.3 percent of women who end a pregnancy sustain a serious complication.

40 Years After Roe, My Personal Fight for Justice

Minister Leslie Watson Malachi | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics
Minister Leslie Watson Malachi

Women didn't ask our politicians to make the personal political. But we must continue to fight back by making the political personal. This is about choice and it's about justice -- for every woman, no matter her story.

Before Roe v. Wade: The Price Women Paid

Martha Burk | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics
Martha Burk

What most people don't know is that lawful abortion clinics were in operation before Roe. One of those places was New York, and one of those clinics was started by Merle Hoffman, a true pioneer in providing for women's reproductive health.

The 'Pro-Life' Movement's Success Is About Raw Politics

Tracy Weitz | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics
Tracy Weitz

Historically, evangelical Christians had stayed away from politics, believing that such engagement would taint their religion. However, opposition to abortion became a way for the Republican Party to appeal to this disenfranchised group, mobilizing huge numbers of new voters (and donors).

The Fight for Women's Reproductive Rights Can't Just Be About Winning or Losing the Abortion War

Nancy Northup | Posted 01.17.2013 | Politics
Nancy Northup

It is certainly fair enough to suggest that we could do better at organizing around these issues, at collaborating within the movement, at reaching out to those who might be inclined to support a broader vision of what reproductive rights and justice means.

Reframing Pro-Choice: Will it Work?

Laura Carroll | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics
Laura Carroll

It is time to reframe the issue away from "choice" versus "life." But can a broader justice frame be enough to bring together factions who will still have passionately different views on abortion?

Stunning Photo Of Baby In Womb Grabbing Doc's Finger

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

In the midst of a C-section delivery, baby Nevaeh Atkins reached out of her mother's womb and grabbed the doctor's finger. Father Randy Atkins' qu...

Michigan Gov Signs Abortion Clinic Limits

Detroit News | KAREN BOUFFARD AND CHRISTINE MACDONALD | Posted 12.28.2012 | Politics

Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a bill requiring that abortion clinics be licensed but will veto another that would have required Blue Cross Blue Shield o...

The Time is Now to End Discrimination Against Our Servicemembers

Tammy Duckworth | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics
Tammy Duckworth

Under current law, if a servicewoman becomes pregnant as a result of sexual assault and chooses abortion, her military health insurance will not cover it. As a combat veteran and newly elected member of the House of Representatives, I ask Congress to repeal this discriminatory ban.

The Election Is Over, but the Fight Goes On

Kate Michelman | Posted 01.27.2013 | Politics
Kate Michelman

The national vote, while worthy of high-fives all round, is hardly the end of our struggle for women's rights. When conservatives lose a decisive battle at the federal level, they don't go home and sulk. They redouble their efforts at the state and local levels.

STUDY: Abortion Restrictions Have Shocking Effect On Poverty

Aaron Sankin | Posted 11.16.2012 | San Francisco

Women who attempted to get abortions but were denied are three times as likely to fall into poverty than those whose efforts were not blocked, a recen...

No More In Between: A Psychoanalytic Perspective

Ruth Neubauer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ruth Neubauer

My closest friend in the world believes that in the future the Republican Party will be moving to the center. The center is where they have to go in o...

It Was a Good Election for the Pro-Choice Movement -- But the Culture Wars Aren't Over!

Carole Joffe | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
Carole Joffe

In spite of Obama's and Democrats' senatorial victories, the Republicans did very well in state races, where the real consequential action against abortion takes place.

Election Results Shows Fatal Flaw in GOP's Extreme Social Agenda

Susan Bevan | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics
Susan Bevan

During the closing months of this election, it seemed as if not a week went by without another extreme GOP candidate making bizarre and ignorant comments on reproductive health issues.

Republicans and Grover Norquist Must Answer Question: Liberty for Whom?

David Paul | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
David Paul

Through the fall campaign, there was no expectation that Romney would approach W's 40 percent share of the Latino vote, and few paid attention to the Asian American community which voted Democrat in higher proportions. But Republicans did not expect women to turn on them. And yet they should have seen that coming.

Iman: Why My Daughter's Unexpected Announcement Left Me Thrilled

Iman | Posted 01.09.2013 | Fifty
Iman

In my opinion, there's always been an expectation that because of biological determination, women are naturally supposed to forgo some of their own dream and ambitions for the sake of childrearing because the ol' clock is ticking.

Women Won Big On Election Day

Daniel Simon | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
Daniel Simon

The Republicans took a shellacking on Tuesday and they know it. Whether or not they make the proper changes is something the future of their party dep...

Dodging the Election of a 'Personhood President'

Laura Carroll | Posted 11.07.2012 | Politics
Laura Carroll

If we had elected a "Personhood President," there would be cause for great concern. As we head into the next four years, expect this contingent to continue to attempt to make personhood, not Roe v Wade, the law of the land.

Choosing Lives: A Pastoral View On What Is At Stake In This Election

Mary Clark Moschella | Posted 01.06.2013 | Religion
Mary Clark Moschella

The choice this nation makes today will have an enormous impact upon the freedom, health and safety of American women and girls. As a teacher of pastoral theology and care, I urge readers to consider the well-being of women when you cast your vote for president on Tuesday.

Getting Reproductive Rights out of Politics

Nancy Northup | Posted 01.05.2013 | Politics
Nancy Northup

We should not wake up the day after an election worrying that our doctors will be driven out of practice or prevented from using their training and best medical judgment to provide the care that's right for us.

When Pro-Life Isn't

Anjali Sareen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Anjali Sareen

How can conservative Republicans claim to be pro-life when their purported concern for the individual life ends immediately at birth?

For Millennial Voters, What Really Matters Is the Morning After

Kierra Johnson | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Kierra Johnson

We have a choice. We can repeat history and see this generation as a list of names to solicit for donations and pad listervs or we can choose to seize this new base of people of invest in -- and engage with -- in building a proactive movement and progressive legislative agenda.

My Rape; My Illegal Abortion; My Almost Dying: Reflections from 1968

Jane G. Goldberg, Ph.D. | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics
Jane G. Goldberg, Ph.D.

I don't want a single other woman to have to endure what I went through -- both physically and emotionally. My story is only one of so many/too many of those days when abortion was illegal, and women lost their lives and their fertility. Let this not happen to our country again.

The Biggest Nonissue in the Presidential Election

Meredith C. Carroll | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics
Meredith C. Carroll

I'm absolutely convinced we're all pro-life, every last one of us -- who could possibly argue against life? How we're all not pro-choice, too, however, is the maddening question that will get so many of us to the voting booth next week.