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Reproductive Rights

'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."

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...