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Reproductive Justice

A Thank-You Note to Birth Control

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 11.11.2014 | Women
Rev. Susan Russell

As the mother and stepmother of four young adults, I'm writing to thank you for the impact you have had on my children's generation.

This Tuesday, Don't Let Them Send Us Back to the 19th Century

Rep. Carolyn Maloney | Posted 11.02.2014 | Women
Rep. Carolyn Maloney

All across the country right-wing candidates with extreme, outdated views on women's rights are running for seats in the U.S. Senate and calling for the passage of "personhood" bills and amendments.

There's a 72-Hour Imposed Waiting Period for Abortions (And This Is Why You Need to Know About It)

H. Alan Scott | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics
H. Alan Scott

Half of all states have a mandatory waiting period of 24 hours, but Missouri, South Dakota and Utah took it a step further. And sorry not sorry, if your pregnancy falls on a weekend or holiday, you've got to wait even longer.

Abortion in Texas: The 'Small Fraction'

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 10.06.2014 | Impact
Fran Moreland Johns

With the closing of 13 abortion clinics in Texas, one out of six Texas women seeking an abortion will have to travel 150 miles or more. But one out of six? That's only a small fraction, according to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Hyde Amendment: 38 Year Legacy of Interference With Religious Liberty and Values

Rev. Kelli Clement | Posted 09.30.2014 | Religion
Rev. Kelli Clement

I believe that a woman, no matter what her economic circumstances, should have access to safe and dignified reproductive health care. I believe that a woman facing an unintended pregnancy is best suited to make decisions for herself and her family.

Celebrating Women's Equality?

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact
Fran Moreland Johns

Women's Equality Day quietly came and went recently, not quite 100 years after passage of the Nineteenth Amendment -- the law that said women were equally entitled, along with men, to the right to vote.

What Does the Crisis in Ferguson Have to Do With Reproductive Justice?

Terry O'Neill | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

The central tenet of reproductive justice is that every woman has the right to have children, not have children, and to parent the children we have in safe and healthy environments.

Abortion: The X(treme) Games

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Fran Moreland Johns

There may be no middle ground on reproductive rights. But if the fetus wins, if a girlfriend's abortion decades ago gets blamed for someone's suicide, if "personhood rights" take precedence over women's rights, we will be back in the dark ages.

The Murder Of Black Youth Is A Reproductive Justice Issue

The Nation | Dani McClain | Posted 08.15.2014 | Women

If you have followed the aftermath of the August 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown, then you have most likely seen the image of his stepfather ho...

Why We Cannot Have Reproductive Justice Without Fighting Police Brutality

The Frisky | Hannah Giorgis | Posted 08.14.2014 | Women

My younger brother is 16-years-old. He is six feet, four inches of gentle, timid, and awkward. He loves baseball and breakfast food, family and faith....

Beverly Whipple: Unsung Hero of Women's Rights

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 10.05.2014 | Impact
Fran Moreland Johns

The career choice Beverly Whipple made has been a lifesaver to countless women in Washington State for more than a quarter century. In 1979, she and Deborah Lazaldi, both natives of Yakima, founded Feminist Women's Health Center in Yakima, to offer reproductive choice and healthcare.

We're Fighting for Access, Not Choice

Dawn Laguens | Posted 09.29.2014 | Women
Dawn Laguens

Today "choice" does not exist for women in more than 30 states because they live in states in which legislatures have passed laws restricting access to abortion. When there is no access, there is no choice.

Fighting Back Against 'Hobby Lobby'

Eric T. Schneiderman | Posted 09.16.2014 | New York
Eric T. Schneiderman

New York State has long been a leader in advancing women's equality, stretching back to the Seneca Falls Convention 166 years ago this weekend. Sadly, as we mark this important anniversary, hard-won victories by the women's rights movement are being threatened by a radical right wing that seeks to roll back the progress we've made.

Should Abortion Be 'Rare?'

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 09.13.2014 | Impact
Fran Moreland Johns

Make abortion rare! By supporting universal contraceptive coverage. By supporting Planned Parenthood. By expanding education. By reducing unplanned pregnancies in all ways that empower women and reduce violence against women.

In 2014, Still Not Independence Day for Women

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.06.2014 | Women
Irene Monroe

America's need to showcase her indomitable spirit of heroism this July 4th celebration arrives mired by the two recent Supreme Court -- both highlighting a "war against women."

Hobby Lobby, 1 - Women, 0

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Fran Moreland Johns

It is hard not to despair. A woman entering a clinic for personal health care now must wade through potential hordes of obnoxious strangers getting i...

A Right to Contraception Without Access Is a Disaster for the Black Community

Renee Bracey Sherman | Posted 08.31.2014 | Impact
Renee Bracey Sherman

On Monday, the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, likely affecting access to contraception for millions of women across the country.

Chris Christie, Anais Nin and the Enforcement of Motherhood

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Fran Moreland Johns

What do New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and writer Anais Nin have in common? Not a whole lot, Christie would probably say. But a case can be made for their similar positions on one major issue: the importance of motherhood.

On Making Abortion Go Away

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Fran Moreland Johns

Abortion opponents can make it impossible, unthinkable, illegal; they cannot make it a thing of the past. Because women desperate to end unwanted pregnancies will always, always, always find ways to do so. Some of them, as is already happening, will die trying

The Day I Met My Hero

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact
Fran Moreland Johns

For anyone invested in reproductive justice today, Willie Parker, MD, MPH, MSc, is at the top of the hero list.

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.

Hobby Lobby's Argument Should Alarm People of Faith

Harry Knox | Posted 05.24.2014 | Religion
Harry Knox

Wrapping this attempt to create a privileged legal category for corporate entities in the cloak of religious freedom demeans that freedom and those who cherish it.

Free EPT Tests in Alaskan Bars... Because Birth Control Is Irresponsible

Shannyn Moore | Posted 05.23.2014 | Politics
Shannyn Moore

The senator thinks women who use birth control are doing so to be irresponsible. How is that even possible? Controlling your fertility is the most fiscally and morally responsible thing you can do as a woman.

Celebrating Abortion Providers

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Fran Moreland Johns

Almost any one of today's providers could make more money, and have a far easier life, in another job. Instead, they choose to do what they do, so women can choose to control their bodies and their lives. That's worth celebrating.

Another Miracle Baby, a Still Broken System

Suraj Madoori | Posted 05.06.2014 | Impact
Suraj Madoori

To put treatment within reach to all pregnant women and newborns, we need to fix our broken healthcare system, and we need reproductive justice.