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San Francisco Banners Highlight Trust Women Week

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 03.13.2012 | San Francisco
Ellen R. Shaffer

We need the government to fix the economy and to fund vital basic health services, and to quit interfering with our private decisions about our reproductive health.

PHOTOS: The Banners On Market Street Say WHAT?

Robin Wilkey | Posted 01.04.2012 | San Francisco

Market Street lamp poles are generally reserved for ads from SFMOMA or the zoo. But this month, we have a feeling the silver banners reading, "U.S. Ou...

Maryland Abortion Doctors Charged With Murder

AP | By BEN NUCKOLS | Posted 02.29.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Authorities say two out-of-state doctors who traveled to Maryland to perform late-term abortions have been arrested and charged with mul...

Rick Perry Shifts Views On Abortion

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 12.28.2011 | Politics

OSCEOLA, Iowa -- Republican Rick Perry is shifting his opposition to abortion, saying he opposes it even after rape or incest. Perry on Tuesday tol...

A Modest Proposal -- In the Interest of Justice

Rev. Tom Davis | Posted 02.26.2012 | Politics
Rev. Tom Davis

The anti-abortion movement has been relentless in its determination to obstruct, block, prevent or make difficult any woman's attempt to obtain an abortion. But it has been strangely inactive in trying to stop men from getting vasectomies.

Obama Administration Failing Women on Birth Control

Terry O'Neill | Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

The thought of a tween girl having unprotected sex and then purchasing a medication to prevent pregnancy makes many people uncomfortable. No matter how well-meaning their concern might be, it is absolutely beside the point.

Science Has the Answer -- Depending on the Question

Michael D. Fayer | Posted 02.17.2012 | Politics
Michael D. Fayer

In making her decision on Plan B, Kathleen Sebelius did not say that the FDA's science was wrong or that she had her own experts who disagreed with the FDA. She was making a policy decision, not a scientific decision.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 02.09.2012 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

It was an up and down week for President Obama. His speech in Osawatomie, Kan. was an up, as he correctly identified the ways our political and economic system are rigged against the middle class as "the defining issue of our time." It would have been much, much better though if the speech had been given two years ago. On the other hand, his politically motivated cave-in on the Plan B morning-after pill was definitely a down (made worse by his claim that HHS Secretary Sebelius was the ultimate decider on this one). Memo to the president: the people who want to deny teens access to birth control are never going to support you -- no matter how many reproductive rights or cabinet members you throw under the bus. Finally, Obama had the quote of the week when, in response to GOP claims that his foreign policy is based on "appeasement," he replied: "Ask Osama bin Laden... whether I engage in appeasement."

Et Tu, Brute?

Dr. Peter Klatsky | Posted 02.06.2012 | Politics
Dr. Peter Klatsky

Apparently the director of the HHS thinks it's safer for an 11-year-old to get pregnant than to take two pills that physicians think are safe? Kath...

Plan C Anyone? The Politics In Science

Jonathan D. Moreno | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics
Jonathan D. Moreno

The decision to deny over-the-counter-access to Plan B is particularly awkward for an administration that early on pledged to "base our public policies on the soundest science."

Is Siri Hiding Crucial Info From Women?

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 01.31.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

You can ask Siri where to fill a Viagra prescription and she'll let you know every pharmacy in the vicinity. But if you tell her you need to fill your birth control prescription, you are out of luck.

When Men Are Deciding What Women Are Entitled to, It's Time to Occupy

Rebecca Sive | Posted 01.30.2012 | Politics
Rebecca Sive

It really is only when women are the decision makers that things go well for women. It really is only when the politics is personal to us and by us, meaning it includes us sitting at the decision-making table.

Thanksgiving Politics: Top Ten Reasons to be Thankful

Bob Burnett | Posted 01.24.2012 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Despite the dreadful recession, a broken political system, and other woes, Americans have many reasons to be thankful. Here is my top ten list.

The Other Side of Reproductive Justice: How Sterilization and Other Forms of Coercion Are Used Against "Unworthy" Parents

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Marianne Mollmann

Coerced sterilization and castration are in many ways no different from other limitations on individual reproductive choice: they violate a number of fundamental rights, including the rights to health, privacy, and physical integrity.

What Can we do to Make the World Better for Girls?

Jill Sheffield | Posted 01.21.2012 | Women
Jill Sheffield

We officially live in a world of seven billion people -- an impressive figure that drives home just how much responsibility we all have to take care of our globe, ourselves and each other.

Colo. Anti-Choice Group Down, But Not Out

Posted 11.21.2011 | Denver

Personhood USA, the Colorado-based pro-life organization behind the recent failed "personhood" initiative that was struck down by more than 55 percent...

In Committee: Women Senators, Reproductive Rights and the 2012 Elections

Barbara Lee | Posted 01.17.2012 | Politics
Barbara Lee

Since women's political fate tends to be tied to the political fate of Democrats overall, next year's elections pose a very real threat to some of the most powerful pro-woman, pro-choice voices in Congress.

Too Far Right On a Bleak Night

Carl Pope | Posted 01.12.2012 | Politics
Carl Pope

An election-eve poll showed that if the presidential election were held today, the Buckeye State would give President Obama an 11-point victory over his nearest Republican opponent, Mitt Romney.

Lessons From Mississippi

Jill Hanauer | Posted 01.12.2012 | Politics
Jill Hanauer

The common theme here is clear: voters -- even in a red state like Mississippi -- oppose anti-reproductive rights measures when they view it through a lens of government intrusion.

Where Is the Empathy for Rape Victims, Cardinal George?

Terry Cosgrove | Posted 01.11.2012 | Chicago
Terry Cosgrove

To say that your heart goes out to a rape victim and then attempt to deny her information about avoiding getting pregnant by the man who raped her seems rather cruel and heartless to me.

Message From Mississippi Personhood Defeat: Americans Don't Want to Criminalize Women's Personal Choices

Ellen Chesler | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics
Ellen Chesler

Tuesday's solid defeat of the Mississippi Personhood amendment is a victory against extremism and for women's health and rights, but it is also a big win for progressive political organizing.

The Mess In Mississippi

Erin Gibson | Posted 01.11.2012 | Comedy
Erin Gibson

Women aren't the only Mississippians suffering from the strict laws of this ultra-conservative state. Mississippi has a tried and true tradition of making sure living life in Mississippi is as difficult as possible.

From Russia Without Love

Jon O'Brien | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Jon O'Brien

There is no easy answer to demographic decline, and making abortion the scapegoat for decades of neglect to women's well-being will not help. Building a stronger society that supports women and children is the long, slow, sure road to a thriving Russia.

Tuesday's Biggest Loser: The New, New Mitt Romney

Michael Keegan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Keegan

The new, new Mitt Romney has been doing everything he can to fit in. But on Tuesday, he faced a big setback: he found out that he had been trying too hard to fit in with the wrong crowd.

What Is a Person?

Valerie Tarico | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics
Valerie Tarico

This week the citizens of Mississippi will vote whether to legally assign the status of "personhood" to any human egg that has been penetrated by a sperm. I hope that if Mississippi awards personhood to fertilized eggs, they will take this seriously.