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The Right's 2012 Solution: "Just Close Your Eyes"

Michael Keegan | Posted 06.18.2012 | Politics
Michael Keegan

Republicans seem to think they can get away with almost anything because their Election Day hopes will be saved by a bad economy. But the people they attack know the Tea Party's history of cynical, culture-war attacks that deeply affect the lives of real people. We have our eyes wide open.

In Defense of My Body, Health & Choices

Voto Latino | Posted 06.12.2012 | Latino Voices
Voto Latino

Not one question was answered. We were vocal and they were stunned silent. Mission accomplished.

The Lessons of The Scarlet Letter Today

Linda Greider | Posted 06.02.2012 | Politics
Linda Greider

Long life and lots of experience have taught me that nobody ever changes their mind about abortion. But to put a face, or at least a name, on the subject, here's a story: Fifty-three years ago when I was 16, I had an abortion.

Women Are NOT Stupid

Libby Mitchell | Posted 05.23.2012 | Politics
Libby Mitchell

The sponsors of every one of these anti-abortion and anti-contraception bills says they aren't trying to stop abortion, but instead are just trying to make women more "aware" of what is happening in their wombs, and what will happen if they undergo an abortion.

Over My Dead Body (Literally)

Nancy Cronk | Posted 05.23.2012 | Denver
Nancy Cronk

We must find ways to have a civil dialogue that balances the needs and rights of women. When all sides can come together in reason, committed to caring for every person on this planet, maybe we'll make some headway on this issue.

Pro-Choice in Da House

Katie Goodman | Posted 05.23.2012 | Politics
Katie Goodman

Whenever you have to boil down a political view to a 3rd grader, it really makes you clear about what you believe. This has happened to me several times, most recently with the "War on Women."

Help, Help! There's an Elephant in My Uterus. Permission Slips from Men for Abortion?

Jeanne Devon (AKMuckraker) | Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics
Jeanne Devon (AKMuckraker)

Alaska has become the latest state to fall victim to the Republican War on Women. One legislator even wants women to get a permission slip signed by the man who impregnated her before she can have an abortion.

Pro Life or Pro Sperm

David Morris | Posted 05.14.2012 | Politics
David Morris

Recent events make clear the need for a new language to describe the raging debate about sex and birth. Consider the problematic word that dominates our conversation: pro-life.

Wisconsin Republicans Move To Limit Abortion Coverage

The Huffington Post | Leigh Owens | Posted 03.14.2012 | Politics

The Wisconsin State Assembly on Wednesday passed a bill that will limit abortion coverage, as well as a measure imposing abstinence-only sex education...

Fertility And Me

Toni Nagy | Posted 05.14.2012 | Women
Toni Nagy

There is an expiration date on my uterus, a "sell by" number on my sexuality and not much I can do to prolong it.

The Hypocrisy of the Abortion Debate: Why Conservatives Should Vote Pro-Choice and Leave Planned Parenthood Alone

Eric Segall | Posted 05.13.2012 | Politics
Eric Segall

Anti-choice republicans and conservatives only believe in small government and personal liberty when it is their personal, subjective, and contestable views of freedom that get to carry the day.

GOP Lawmaker Compares Women To Farm Animals

The Huffington Post | Leigh Owens | Posted 03.09.2012 | Politics

Georgia state Rep. Terry England compared women to farm animals while discussing an abortion measure on the Georgia state house floor. The republic...

I'm Pro-Choice Because I Love My Kids

Shannon Bradley-Colleary | Posted 05.08.2012 | Politics
Shannon Bradley-Colleary

Every child deserves to be wanted, safe and loved. I don't deny there are damaged women out there who use abortion as a means of birth control. A former friend had five abortions. Those pregnancies were her cry for help. But I can't help thinking those babies were better off not being in her care.

Unborn in the USA

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.07.2012 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

Given that the number of unborn is currently unknown, it could reach the trillions -- or gazillions -- and should all those unborn give their grateful loyalty upon birth (should it occur) to the religious far right, the Republican Party could overwhelm elections through eternity.

Pro-life Argument Deserves Hearing in Mercury Ruling

Mallory McDuff, Ph.D. | Posted 05.03.2012 | Religion
Mallory McDuff, Ph.D.

I believe Jesus wants a world where people of all faiths use their talents so we have clean water, unpolluted air, and fish we can eat.

Dems Come Up With Contentious Response To Abortion Bill

Mollie Reilly | Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics

A group of female Democratic legislators in the Georgia House of Representatives has proposed a bill that would ban men from seeking vasectomies. "...

Aspirin as the New Birth Control: The GOP War on Women Reaches New Lows

Marge Baker | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics
Marge Baker

The right is staging an all-out assault on women's rights while they have control of the majority of state legislatures, the House and a determined minority in the Senate. The GOP's presidential candidates are promising to join it if they get elected. We can't let them succeed.

Send Your Medical Bills to Rick Santorum

Bob Cesca | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics
Bob Cesca

With a series of anti-choice and anti-contraception laws on the books in various southern and midwestern states, the Republican Party is hastily constructing an ideological and legislative Berlin Wall around itself, and Rick Santorum has become the latest poster boy.

Oklahoma Senate Approves 'Personhood' Bill

AP | SEAN MURPHY | Posted 02.16.2012 | Politics

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma Senate has overwhelmingly approved an anti-abortion "personhood" bill that declares life begins at conception. The vote...

Religious Freedom Or Freedom Of Choice?

Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski | Posted 04.16.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski

Employees may decide not to use such services for religious reasons, but an employer cannot deny them access for religious reasons.

The Long History of the War Against Contraception

Ellen Chesler | Posted 04.15.2012 | Politics
Ellen Chesler

Why have Republicans allowed the family planning issue to tie their candidates up in knots in 2012? The answer is in just how outsized the influence of a minority viewpoint can be on a political party, so long as it represents the base of that party's support.

Human Rights Invisible to the Right

Mark Olmsted | Posted 04.11.2012 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

When is America going to stop fetishizing a document written by rich white men 230 years ago who owned slaves and didn't think woman were worthy of the vote?

Ex-Komen Board Member: Planned Parenthood Reversal Is Not Enough -- Brinker and Board Must Go

Jeffrey Campagna | Posted 04.09.2012 | Politics
Jeffrey Campagna

Eve Ellis, the former board member of Komen NYC who last week urged progressives to stay "far away" from Susan G. Komen for the Cure, is not ready to put the Planned Parenthood fiasco behind her.

Proudly, Prayerfully Pro-Choice

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 04.08.2012 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

Speaking out on this issue, I unleashed a flurry of responses from folks who were unable to reconcile my position as a pro-choice advocate with my vocation as a priest and pastor. One commenter summed it up tersely: "What kind of religion do you represent, lady?"

When Pro-Life Is Pro-Choice

Robin Koerner | Posted 04.08.2012 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Paul's pro-life views are personal. The country needs to understand that a leader can hold a view fervently without having to impose it on the country as national policy.