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Reproductive Justice

Fighting Back Against 'Hobby Lobby'

Eric T. Schneiderman | Posted 07.18.2014 | 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 07.14.2014 | 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 07.07.2014 | 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 07.02.2014 | 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 07.02.2014 | 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 06.24.2014 | 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 06.11.2014 | 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 05.29.2014 | 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.

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.

What if Mary Did Not Have a Choice?

Gabriella Lettini, Ph.D. | Posted 02.13.2014 | Religion
Gabriella Lettini, Ph.D.

Advent is about the choice to nurture a world reflective of divine justice and individual choice. To participate in a challenge to oppressive powers. Mary chose to participate, to nurture a force pushing against her experience of an occupying empire and furthering equality among peoples.

Mobilizing Towards Reproductive Justice?

Mikaela Luttrell-Rowland | Posted 01.26.2014 | Politics
Mikaela Luttrell-Rowland

This week the Supreme Court blocked an emergency application to overturn a recent law that will close one-third of abortion clinics in Texas. This law is already affecting the lives of thousands of women by denying them access to safe terminations.

Talking Reproductive Justice and Feminism With Young Lakota's Sunny Clifford

Sara Alcid | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Sara Alcid

Making its public premiere this week on PBS's Independent Lens, the documentary film Young Lakota weaves together the stories of Lakota youth in South Dakota in the wake of an impending state-wide abortion ban.

A Former IVF Baby on "Three-Parent IVF"

Jessica Cussins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Jessica Cussins

There are large social and ethical considerations that mitochondrial replacement forces us to confront. Most importantly, this technology raises one of the thorniest questions humanity will ever face: are we willing to genetically modify future generations of humans?

A Powerful Union: OB-GYNs and Chemical Policy Reform

Sara Alcid | Posted 11.24.2013 | Politics
Sara Alcid

Why are OB-GYNs speaking out about the dangers of chemicals in our everyday environment and urging providers to educate their patients about it? Because they now know too much to stay quiet.

Let's Not Play the Blame Game

Laura Jiménez | Posted 10.27.2013 | Latino Voices
Laura Jiménez

With pregnant and parenting youth getting so many negative messages about themselves from pop culture, the government and the community, we as individuals need to change the conversation.

As We Celebrate the 19th Amendment, Today's Iron-Jawed Angels Must Help All Women Succeed

Christine Pelosi | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

Ninety-three years ago today women officially earned our right to vote and we've been making our voices heard ever since. We've come a long way in 93 years, but the recent assaults on women's health, worker's voices and voting rights signal that we still have far to go.

What I Learned Undercover at a Crisis Pregnancy Center

Caitlin Bancroft | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics
Caitlin Bancroft

I wasn't considering abortion. I wasn't considering adoption, or parenting, or childcare. I wasn't even pregnant, and I definitely wasn't scared -- at least not at first.

What Colombia Can Teach the US About Abortion

Courtenay Strickland | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics
Courtenay Strickland

You don't have to imagine what it would be like if abortion rights in the U.S. were widely curtailed. All you have to do is look at the countries that currently have restrictive laws. What you will find is that abortion still happens. It's just secret and illegal, and more often than not, highly unsafe.

Texas and Tampons -- Why Sister Supplies Should Be Part of the Dialogue on Reproductive Health

Sue Kerr | Posted 09.14.2013 | Women
Sue Kerr

Tampons and pads are not weapons of mass destruction. We do not even have enough to take care of all the women who need them. Do you think we are going to WASTE them on you?

My Proposal for a Bill That Bans Male Masturbation in Texas

Charles Clymer | Posted 09.02.2013 | Comedy
Charles Clymer

I think we can all agree that life is sacred, and we must do everything we can to ensure that potential life is protected.