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Reproductive Rights

Turning the Tide for Women: Vaginal Americans Rejoice?

Morra Aarons-Mele | Posted 04.28.2012 | Politics
Morra Aarons-Mele

Transvaginal ultrasounds mandated in Virginia? Bring it! Aspirin as birth control! Tell me more. Things have threatened to become so comically repressive, it's woken us up out of our stupor. We're mad as hell.

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.

Prioritizing Reproductive Health, Empowering Women and Girls

Sarah Costa | Posted 04.25.2012 | Impact
Sarah Costa

Reproductive health care and women's empowerment go hand in hand. Sometimes, especially in remote settings, access to reproductive health care is also a question of life and death.

John Celock

Lawmakers Kill Controversial Personhood Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.23.2012 | Politics

In an unexpected move, the Virginia Senate killed the state's personhood bill, a key victory for women's groups seeking to battle the current proposal...

Where Are the Men?

Robert Walker | Posted 04.24.2012 | Politics
Robert Walker

If legislatures were requiring colorectal exams for no good medical reason, banning Viagra, outlawing condoms and vasectomies, you better believe that men would be doing more than waiting for a Gallup pollster to ring them up.

Federal Judge Says State Can't Force Pharmacies To Sell Plan B

AP | GENE JOHNSON | Posted 04.23.2012 | Politics

TACOMA, Wash. — Washington state cannot force pharmacies to sell Plan B or other emergency contraceptives, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, sayi...

Dems Come Up With Contentious Response To Abortion Bill

Mollie Reilly | Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics

A group of female Democratic legislators in the Georgia House of Representatives has proposed a bill that would ban men from seeking vasectomies. "...

On Reproductive Rights and the Over-Regulation of Teachers

Shaun Johnson | Posted 04.17.2012 | Education
Shaun Johnson

I've made a few comparisons between other occupations and teaching to highlight some of the ridiculous rules and regulations imposed on educators as a...

Aspirin as the New Birth Control: The GOP War on Women Reaches New Lows

Marge Baker | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics
Marge Baker

The right is staging an all-out assault on women's rights while they have control of the majority of state legislatures, the House and a determined minority in the Senate. The GOP's presidential candidates are promising to join it if they get elected. We can't let them succeed.

99% of Women Have Used Contraceptives. The GOP Again Goes For The 1%

Michael Keegan | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics
Michael Keegan

The GOP has followed its extremist fringe off the deep end, leaving the rest of us back in the reality based world, and befuddled. Their strategists warned them not to do this, but it appears that to the GOP, unhinged fringe issues are like catnip.

The Birth Control Debate That Isn't Happening

Margie Omero | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics
Margie Omero

It's 2012, but to hear the Right talk about birth control, and "emotional" women in the workforce and the military, one might think we're trapped in Downton Abbey's 1914.

The Republican War on Women: Invading the Vagina in Virginia

Tobias Barrington Wolff | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics
Tobias Barrington Wolff

Every person who has a body should view this law as a direct assault. So, too, should every person who believes that women are human beings.

'My School Gives Out Free Condoms -- So Why Won't Kids Use Them?'

| Posted 02.15.2012 | Home

This is a teen-written article from our friends at Youth Communication, a nonprofit organization that helps marginalized youth develop their full pote...

Crazy Train Headed Off the Rails Over Birth Control

Terry O'Neill | Posted 04.15.2012 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

Even if you can afford to pay for your own pills, is it fair that you are being asked to, when other preventive services and medications are covered under health care reform? The conservative talking point of the moment is that this fight is about religious liberty.

Do Something Special This Year for Valentine's Day

Robert Walker | Posted 04.15.2012 | Impact
Robert Walker

Come on, men, in the battle for the reproductive health of women, it is "game on." And if you're not making calls to your federal and state legislators, then you are not in the game.

Dear Rick Santorum: Whose Family? Whose Values?

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 04.11.2012 | Politics
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

I agree with Santorum et al. that the American family is indeed under attack. The question is: By whom?

Breasts, With a Side of Politics

Anika Rahman | Posted 04.11.2012 | Women
Anika Rahman

What may explain such pervasive outrage that women feel toward Komen is that breasts have long been exempted from the political attacks.

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.

Free to Choose

Al Checchi | Posted 04.08.2012 | Politics
Al Checchi

There is a significant difference between recognizing a woman's "right" to choose and making it the "obligation" of others to pay for or facilitate that choice.

When Pro-Life Is Pro-Choice

Robin Koerner | Posted 04.08.2012 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Paul's pro-life views are personal. The country needs to understand that a leader can hold a view fervently without having to impose it on the country as national policy.

Komen for the Cure Underestimated the Power of Women and Social Media

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 04.07.2012 | Women
Joanne Bamberger

When an organization uses the lives of our friends and families as political fodder, we don't take kindly to that. And we know how to raise a ruckus.

What Komen v. Planned Parenthood Teaches Us About Abortion Stigma

Anu Kumar | Posted 04.07.2012 | Politics
Anu Kumar

Would so many individuals -- 'Racers for the Cure' and celebrities alike -- rise up in protest? My guess is no, they would not -- and this is the power of the stigma around abortion. When access to health care is limited by money or geography, we cannot afford to limit it further with politics.

I'm Watching

Julianne Moore | Posted 04.04.2012 | Women
Julianne Moore

This year, in this election, I am committing to watching even more vigilantly. I truly can't imagine a more important election for us to make our voices heard.

Facing Maternity Care Gaps, Midwives Push For Birthing Justice

Michelle Chen | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics
Michelle Chen

As with all reproductive justice struggles, from access to birth control to the right to choose, self-determination in childbirth is about putting social trust in the hands of women.

Why I'm "Marching" for Trust Women Week

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 04.01.2012 | Politics
Ellen R. Shaffer

They tried to strip abortion coverage out of all insurance plans during health care reform, and I didn't speak up because I thought I might lose "more important things."