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Reproductive Rights

Why New Birth Control Benefits Are the Right Choice and Why Religious Conservatives Have It Wrong

June Carbone | Posted 03.31.2012 | Politics
June Carbone

It is time to recognize the contradictions of a private health care system that exists only because of government subsidies. Avoiding unwanted pregnancies is too important to be left in the hands of a small number of men in robes.

Is Abortion Murder? A Biblical View Says 'NO'

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 03.24.2012 | Religion
Eliyahu Federman

Do those opposing abortion on religious grounds know that the Bible does not consider a fetus a full human life or the killing of a fetus murder?

March For Life To Bring Anti-Abortion Activists To Mall, Capitol Hill

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.23.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Thousands of anti-abortion activists plan to march on the U.S. Supreme Court today in an annual demonstration to mark the anniversary of...

Why The Struggles For Reproductive Rights And LGBT Equality Must Be Fought Together

Rea Carey | Posted 03.23.2012 | Gay Voices
Rea Carey

It's not unusual to hear comments like, "Why are you working to protect reproductive rights when we have our own issues to deal with?" or, "Marriage equality has nothing to do with abortion rights. Our two movements are different." Think again.

It's Up to Women to Elect Pro-Choice Candidates in 2012

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand | Posted 03.23.2012 | Women
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

We need a Rosie the Riveter for our generation. Imagine if six million more women voted this year than did four years ago. We would see a dramatic change in the representation of Congress and in the policies it implements.

Religious Liberty Got A Little Stronger Today

Sally Steenland | Posted 03.22.2012 | Religion
Sally Steenland

Allowing women to make decisions based on their conscience when it comes to key matters of family and health is an example of religious liberty at its best.

Halt the Assault

Robert Walker | Posted 03.21.2012 | Politics
Robert Walker

It's time for the women and men who fought so hard to establish reproductive rights in the first place to shake off their complacence: their hard-fought gains are in jeopardy. It's also time for young adults, who have taken their reproductive rights for granted, to take a stand.

Study: Abortion Rates Are Higher In Countries Where Procedure Is Illegal

AP | By MARIA CHENG | Posted 01.18.2012 | Healthy Living

LONDON -- Abortion rates are higher in countries where the procedure is illegal and nearly half of all abortions worldwide are unsafe, with the vast m...

Santorum's Wife Dated Abortion Provider

The Daily Beast | Nancy Hass | Posted 01.16.2012 | Politics

Karen Santorum, the ultra-pro-life wife and mother of seven home-schooled children, has been the perfect complement to her husband, Rick, as he chases...

What Does an Election Year Mean for Women's Health and Rights?

Serra Sippel | Posted 03.13.2012 | Politics
Serra Sippel

In 2011, Congress' cup runneth over with attempts to limit or restrict completely women's health and rights, both at home and abroad. In 2012, there is a presidency at stake -- so what does that mean for women's health and rights in the coming year?

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.