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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: A 2014 Round-Up

Alexander Sanger | Posted 12.18.2014 | Women
Alexander Sanger

Once again, we've had a year of ups and downs, a year of strong stands for women's rights and crushing defeats. Here's a quick run-down of some of the most memorable moments of 2014.

Securing the Future With Youth Reproductive Health

John Seager | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
John Seager

Without the ability to control when and how to have a family, young people won't be able to drive the economic and social progress needed to secure a prosperous future for our planet and its inhabitants.

Catherine Pearson

Why It Matters That Women Talk About Their Abortions

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 12.15.2014 | Women

When Debra Hauser was 35 and a new mom to a 6-month-old boy, her husband went to work one day and did not come come home. She did not know where he wa...

6 Things To Understand When Talking About Abortion

David A. Grimes | Posted 12.10.2014 | Women
David A. Grimes

Incorrect, misleading, and inflammatory language obfuscates, rather than illuminates, the discussion around abortion. Words matter. We should all choose them carefully.

Samantha Lachman

GOP Legislators File Several Overlapping Abortion Restrictions in South Carolina

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican lawmakers in South Carolina have pre-filed a slew of legislation concerning abortion in an attempt to avoid a repeat of the l...

We Must Not Forget Sexual and Reproductive Health And Rights For All

Katja Iversen | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Katja Iversen

Together, let's make this the "century of women" that the Secretary-General has called for -- but let's not forget about girls.

Samantha Lachman

Virginia Board Votes To Amend Harsh Abortion Clinic Regulations

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics

Virginia's Board of Health voted Thursday to begin a process of revising tough restrictions on abortion clinics, in a setback for abortion opponents. ...

A Move Forward for Abortion Rights in the Dominican Republic

Alexander Sanger | Posted 12.01.2014 | Impact
Alexander Sanger

No woman should have to risk imprisonment to access the health services she needs, wants, and deserves. This is an important step forwards for a region with some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the world.

Moving Beyond Botched Sterilizations: Human Rights and Reproductive Health Care

Anika Rahman | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Anika Rahman

Current instances of coercive contraceptive practices cast a dark shadow over the equally important reality of the pervasive and daily violations of human rights that occur by depriving millions of people of their right to reproductive health care, including family planning.

U.S. Law and Policy Should Uphold and Support a Woman's Personal Decisions About Her Pregnancy

Ann M. Starrs | Posted 11.25.2014 | Women
Ann M. Starrs

Policymakers and the courts should ensure that women like Young who want to achieve a healthy pregnancy are reasonably accommodated by their employers without sacrificing their economic security.

Lobbying for Women in Hungary

John Feffer | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

Activist Judit Hatfaludi took a position with Hungary's Feminist Network to coordinate a campaign to lobby for the pro-choice bill back in the '90s. We recently caught up about the current state of women's issues in Hungary, why the annual Pride marches are no longer like jubilees, and what she does now in her current work as a shaman.

Reproductive Health on National Rural Health Day

Melanie Zurek | Posted 11.20.2014 | Impact
Melanie Zurek

As rural families navigate these obstacles, we see people coming together to help each other in meeting a variety of needs. Rural women and their families and friends, fill in the gaps -- raise funds, babysit, cover for each other at work and drive each other long distances.

The U.S. Isn't in the Business of Bigotry, Are We?

Terry O'Neill | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

Birth control is life-saving, life-affirming health care for women. There is nothing "pro-life" about restricting birth control, and religion is no excuse for this dangerous and ugly form of discrimination.

How a GOP Congress Could Harm Women Worldwide

John Seager | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
John Seager

What do a 25-year-old woman in Dhaka, Bangladesh and an 18-year-old woman in Niamey, Niger have in common? Their lives could be threatened by destructive measures passed by the new GOP-controlled Congress.

On the Tragic Deaths and Injuries Sustained by Women in the Indian State of Chhattisgarh

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

Tewodros Melesse, Director-General of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), and I are deeply saddened by the reports of the tragic deaths and injuries sustained by women undergoing surgical contraception in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh.

Laura Bassett

Gillibrand: Democrats Did Not Talk Too Much About 'Women's Issues'

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) insisted Wednesday that Democrats didn't run too hard on so-called "women's issues" during the midterms...

Election 2014: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Lisa Maatz | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics
Lisa Maatz

The midterm election results produced some good, bad and truly ugly news for women and families. For better or for worse, women voters (and the women who stayed home) were instrumental in all three outcomes.

How We Can Help End Stigma One Abortion Story at a Time

Candice Russell | Posted 11.03.2014 | Women
Candice Russell

I truly believe that one of the single most powerful things that we can do to fight this war against our reproductive rights is to end the stigma surrounding our abortion stories. To stop feeling the need to explain away our choices every single time we mention we have made them.

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.

Women: Turn Out Before Your Rights Are Turned Back

Martha Burk | Posted 11.01.2014 | Politics
Martha Burk

Females are the majority of voters, and they're a super-majority when they're joined by men who care about them. Women can control any election, and we'd better make it happen. If not, super-conservative legislative majorities will control our most private decisions.

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.

Why Lena Dunham, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling And More Support Planned Parenthood

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 10.30.2014 | Women

Lena Dunham ...

Glorious Kickstarter Will Build A Six-Foot Vagina To Benefit Texas Women

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 11.06.2014 | Arts

For every questionable Kickstarter in which your high school acquaintance is trying to mobilize a movement to fund his spring break, there's an unlike...

Dear Facebook, Please Don't Tell Women to Lean In to Egg Freezing

Jessica Cussins | Posted 12.16.2014 | Technology
Jessica Cussins

What we need are family-friendly workplace policies, not giveaways that will encourage women to undergo invasive procedures in order to squeeze out more work for their beloved company under the guise of "empowerment."

The Abortion Conversation We Need To Have

Katha Pollitt | Posted 12.16.2014 | Women
Katha Pollitt

We need to put abortion back into its context, which is the lives and bodies of women, but also the lives of men, and families, and the children those women already have or will have.