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Reproductive Choice

Child-free: Redefining "Reproductive Success"

Robert Walker | Posted 08.08.2013 | Green
Robert Walker

My wife and I chose to be "child-free" long before the term was invented. We decided that having a child was not for us. It was not a terribly difficult decision. We like children, but we did not like them enough to take on the commitment of raising them.

Seneca Falls: 165 Years Later and Still Struggling for Equality

Dina Bakst | Posted 07.18.2013 | New York
Dina Bakst

Despite significant triumphs for women over many decades, the fight for fairness and equality carries on. Discrimination and inequality continue to punish New York women, especially the pregnant women and mothers of our state with the fewest resources.

Is Your Uterus a Budget Issue?

Connie Pillich | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Connie Pillich

Some politicians in Ohio have explicitly said their goal is to make our state more like Texas. So there's a great irony that, just as one brave woman in Austin was standing up to protect reproductive health choices for women, men here in Columbus were plotting ways to take them away.

Women Spoke -- Will Lawmakers Listen?

Marcia D. Greenberger | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
Marcia D. Greenberger

To paraphrase actor-activist Alec Baldwin, you know your country is in trouble when people ask, 'Did the rape guy win?' and you have to respond, 'Which one?' The candidates' offensive and absurd comments should not be laughed off as an aberration.

'Will You Come With Me?' When Our Friends Need More Than Our Silence On Abortion

Wayne Self | Posted 11.04.2012 | Gay Voices
Wayne Self

My protectiveness toward Kelsie, kind as it may have seemed, came from my habit of viewing her, a younger woman, not as a peer to assist but as a child to protect. But simply by being a woman who asserts dominion over her own body, Kelsie challenges my ways of thinking.

Women and Rights in 2012 -- What We Stand to Lose and Why

Kristen Houghton | Posted 10.28.2012 | Politics
Kristen Houghton

Taking away women's rights is the highest, and unfortunately most legal, form of bullying.

What Komen v. Planned Parenthood Teaches Us About Abortion Stigma

Anu Kumar | Posted 04.07.2012 | Politics
Anu Kumar

Would so many individuals -- 'Racers for the Cure' and celebrities alike -- rise up in protest? My guess is no, they would not -- and this is the power of the stigma around abortion. When access to health care is limited by money or geography, we cannot afford to limit it further with politics.

Empowering Women for Sustainability

Racheal Yeager | Posted 01.11.2012 | San Francisco
Racheal Yeager

In discussions about the seven billionth person, women's empowerment must be top of mind. Women's empowerment is important to both global population growth and social and environmental sustainability.

On Abortion: Overturn Hyde

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ellen R. Shaffer

Half of all pregnancies are unplanned. At least a third of U.S. women have abortions. Polls show that the majority of Americans -- over 60% by any mea...

This Is Not Your Mother's Reproductive Rights Movement

Julie Burkhart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Julie Burkhart

The pro-choice movement in the United States is at a critical crossroads. A new reproductive justice movement is emerging from the hardships endured b...

Honoring Elizabeth Edwards: Standing With Women And Families

Anu Kumar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Anu Kumar

It's worth acknowledging that what Fred Phelps does is just an extreme example of what society does to women on a daily basis. Any woman who shows independent agency in her childbearing decisions is open to questions and even vilification.

Argentina's Slow Tango With Women's Lives

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marianne Mollmann

Any law that labels abortion a crime, even if it allows for exceptions, in practice makes it complicated, if not impossible, to get access to health- and life-preserving abortions. This is the situation in Argentina.

Kathleen Rice: Standing Out in New York

Sam Bennett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sam Bennett

Never mess with a woman from the Big Apple. Residents of Long Island learned this firsthand in 2005, when Kathleen Rice stunned the political world a...

Beyond the Christianization of Abortion

John Shore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John Shore

When it comes to the issue of abortion, we Christians would do very well indeed to acknowledge that virtually everyone agrees that getting an abortion is never a desirable option -- it is a last resort.

The Oxymoron of the Sarah Palin "Conservative Feminism" Brand

Sam Bennett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sam Bennett

True feminism means giving women choices. Anything else is silly putty feminism -- stretching the word far beyond all meaning and recognition.

Women + Politics = Change

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

Internationally, America is ranked 84th in the number of women serving in the national legislature, lagging behind Afghanistan and Cuba.

Abortion and the Life of the Woman: When Hypothetical Ethics Debate Collides with Reality

Byron Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Byron Williams

The classes I enjoyed most during seminary were ethics courses which allowed us the luxury of debating our sense of morality without having to actually make a difficult decision. Sister of Mercy Margaret McBride was not so fortunate.

An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbara Coombs Lee

End of life choice is the human liberty movement of the twenty-first century. This is the arena where dignity and liberty stride forward today. The struggle for end-of-life choices is a movement whose time has come.

Anti-Choice Groups Raking in Dough by Promoting Civil Rights of Zygotes

Megan Carpentier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Megan Carpentier

If the anti-choice movement has its way, the moment one sperm eats its way through an egg's outer shell would be the last moment in human development that wouldn't be covered by the Constitution. Unsurprisingly, it's a rather lucrative racket.

Obama Budget Ignores Healthcare Needs of Millions of Women

Nancy Northup | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Northup

Abortion is the only medically necessary health service excluded from Medicaid coverage. Failure to provide that service -- a service that only women need -- is discrimination.

John McCain's Wrong Answers to Working Women's Questions--Now Give Him Your Answer at the Ballot Box

Gloria Feldt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gloria Feldt

It's time for real straight talk on how your policies affect real women, Senator McCain.

Prop 4 Threatens Teen Safety and Reproductive Rights

Judy Patrick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judy Patrick

Prop 4 is part of a broader strategy by anti-choice activists to incrementally erode reproductive rights and access to quality reproductive healthcare.

Sarah Palin May Solve McCain's Sizzle Problem

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Many women do like Palin -- there will be a lot who will be drawn to her gutsy, take on Washington's vested interests style as well as to her womanhood.

A Nod to Sarah Palin from Someone Who Will Never Vote for Her

Harold Pollack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harold Pollack

Governor Palin's party opposes women's access to family planning services that prevent unwanted pregnancies and that give poor women the same reproductive choices she herself enjoys.