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Reproductive Justice

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.

Fenced In and Locked Out: Border Deal Will Endanger Women's Lives

Jessica González-Rojas | Posted 08.26.2013 | Latino Voices
Jessica González-Rojas

Some are saying that this "border surge," and the deal that's come along with it to pass immigration reform in the Senate, is a pill we have to swallow to get the final bill over the finish line. It's worth asking ourselves whether that's true, and whether this amended bill still lives up to our values as a nation.

Cincinnati Archdiocese Appeals Award to Teacher Fired for IVF Pregnancy: Examining the 'Religious Freedom' Arguments

Bridgette Dunlap | Posted 08.19.2013 | Religion
Bridgette Dunlap

The arguments the archdiocese made in its attempt to keep the case out of court are a distressing example of the larger trend in "religious freedom" claims being made to deprive employees of the protections of the law.

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.