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Reproductive Justice

Proudly Advocating for Love and Freedom

Rea Carey | Posted 08.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Rea Carey

The LGBTQ equality and reproductive justice movements are so closely aligned in values but too frequently siloed off as unrelated. Reproductive justice and LGBTQ equality are not only rooted in the same principles, but many of our core issues overlap.

The Women's Equality Act: A No Brainer for New York

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 08.12.2013 | New York
Taina Bien-Aime

The legislation is testament that we cannot parse out women's rights, drop by drop. It is recognition that if New York doesn't legislate against discrimination, it in effect condones inequality.

Behind a Healthy Woman, there's Girls and Men

Morra Aarons-Mele | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact
Morra Aarons-Mele

What do "husband schools" have to do with saving women's lives? That is my favorite quote from the Women Deliver 2013 Conference in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, the largest global health event of the decade.

On Rape Culture, Masculinity and Reproductive Justice

Kierra Johnson | Posted 06.19.2013 | College
Kierra Johnson

The idea that it would be more practical to arm every woman than to teach men about rape is depressing -- and it's insulting to men. It's an extreme manifestation of the classic "boys will be boys" mentality -- and everyone but the "boys" are responsible.

Abortion Legislation Preempts Parents' Call: Art, Politics Trade Places in Missouri

Tracy Weitz | Posted 05.25.2013 | Politics
Tracy Weitz

I am struck by how art and politics seem to have traded places in Missouri. The documentary After Tiller represents everything that is messy and complicated about the world, while politics here seem to exist in a fantasy world.

I'm Glad My Church Pays For Birth Control

Morgan Guyton | Posted 04.04.2013 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

Birth control is part of how my wife and I try to be faithful stewards of our bodies and our relationship for the sake of both our family and the ministry to which God has called each of us.

The New Roe

Kierra Johnson | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics
Kierra Johnson

The more I sit and consider what the Roe v. Wade decision means at 40 years, the more I am sure that it actually means the same thing now as it did then. The question isn't what does Roe mean at 40. The question is who is the new Roe?

New Study Reveals the Impact of Post-Roe v Wade Anti-Abortion and 'Pro-Life' Measures

Lynn M. Paltrow | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
Lynn M. Paltrow

The cases documented in our study, as well as recent cases, make clear that, 40 years after Roe v. Wade was decided, far more is at stake than abortion or women's reproductive rights.

Strength in Fragility

Kortney Ryan Ziegler, Ph.D. | Posted 01.14.2013 | Black Voices
Kortney Ryan Ziegler, Ph.D.

If scholars are serious about producing research that attempts to influence policy change for all families, we cannot continue to "blame the victim." Instead, research must account for the multiple social disparities that both produce and inadvertently sustain all types of families.

Listening For Reproductive Justice

Harry Knox | Posted 01.14.2013 | Religion
Harry Knox

Women spoke loudly with their votes in this election, and men who care about reproductive justice joined them. It's time that Congress and the White House sit down and really listen.

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.

Do the Candidates Really Care About Abortion and a Woman's Undue Burden?

Anu Kumar | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Anu Kumar

I keep waiting for a candidate to actually talk about the lifesaving significance of safe, legal, accessible abortion. But what I hear instead are scripted responses that completely and carefully ignore the messy reality of women's lives.

Rape, Forced Pregnancy, Personhood, and Crimes Against Humanity

Lynn M. Paltrow | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics
Lynn M. Paltrow

If Proposed Initiative 46 passes, men who rape women in Colorado will be secure in the knowledge that their efforts to humiliate and degrade those women will be backed up and reinforced by state action forcing those women to go to term -- whether they want to or not.

Where's The Love In Choosing Paul Ryan?

Harry Knox | Posted 10.13.2012 | Religion
Harry Knox

I've been pondering this teaching of the Apostle Paul while considering Mitt Romney's choice of Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate: "Love works no ill to the neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law."

Abortion, the States and the World Health Organization

Anu Kumar | Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics
Anu Kumar

The new WHO guidelines on abortion policy and standards of care make it painfully clear that, nearly 40 years after Roe v. Wade, we're doing everything wrong here.

Sex And The Affordable Care Act

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 09.01.2012 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

The Supreme Court affirmation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a moral victory -- and a victory for sexual and reproductive health and rights. As a religious leader, I believe that access to health care is a fulfillment of the Biblical mandate to take care of all of our neighbors.

No Mother's Day: Every 90 Seconds a Woman Dies Becoming a Mother

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 07.02.2012 | Politics
Soraya Chemaly

Every 90 seconds, somewhere in the world, a woman dies from a pregnancy-related complication. This isn't just a "third world" problem. The United States currently ranks 50th in the world for maternal health. It is safer to give birth in Bosnia or Kuwait than in California.

When Does "Pro-Life" Equal "Pro-Imprisonment"?

Lynn M. Paltrow | Posted 06.18.2012 | Politics
Lynn M. Paltrow

The Liberty Counsel has established that the "pro-life" position is "pro-punishment," not just for doctors who perform abortions, but also for pregnant women who have no intention of ending their pregnancies and go to term.

Ann Or Hilary: Either Way, Motherhood Is a Dismal Financial Decision for American Women

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 06.13.2012 | Business
Soraya Chemaly

What I am not hearing anyone say loudly and clearly in this Rosen/Romney snafu is that women's ability -- not desire or choice -- to take part in the economy is based on her freedom to make reproductive decisions.

Personhood Measures in Disguise

Lynn M. Paltrow | Posted 06.02.2012 | Politics
Lynn M. Paltrow

While people in Mississippi were considering Proposition 26 and deciding whether fertilized eggs and embryos would be treated as entirely separate legal persons, a prosecutor and courts were addressing the same question behind the scenes, where voters have no role or voice.

We Are in Texas Now

Sarah Buttenwieser | Posted 05.20.2012 | Politics
Sarah Buttenwieser

The question isn't about modifying a cruel law to make it less cruel when the pregnancy was hoped for; it's about abolishing laws this punitive to all women.

Science, Faith And The War On Women

Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski | Posted 05.14.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski

Science, which gives us choices about the families we create, is also a gift from God.

International Women's Day and Latina's health

Destiny Lopez | Posted 05.08.2012 | Latino Voices
Destiny Lopez

Politics should not stand in the way of women's access to family planning. Investing in women's health leads to a healthier, more prosperous society -- this is the legacy we should be exporting.

Mandatory Ultrasound Laws Violate Women's Rights and Bodies

Terry O'Neill | Posted 04.28.2012 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

Turning the clock back includes shaming women for their sexuality and punishing them for terminating a pregnancy (which is still legal, by the way). This brings us to one of the more degrading tactics up the radical-right sleeve: mandatory ultrasound laws.

Eastern Europe's Conservative Crackdown on Reproductive Freedom

Jake Blumgart | Posted 04.10.2012 | World
Jake Blumgart

Across Eastern and Central Europe, emboldened right-wing leaders are resurrecting debates around abortion and other reproductive services, even in largely secular nations like Hungary.