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Reproductive Rights

Chris Christie, Anais Nin and the Enforcement of Motherhood

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Fran Moreland Johns

What do New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and writer Anais Nin have in common? Not a whole lot, Christie would probably say. But a case can be made for their similar positions on one major issue: the importance of motherhood.

Texans Are Still Standing

Candice Russell | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Candice Russell

It's been almost a year since the day Wendy Davis arrived on the senate floor in her now famous pink sneakers to bravely filibuster a bill that if passed would have huge implications on reproductive health care in the state of Texas.

The Dawn of the IUD: Why is America So Far Behind?

Katie Tandy | Posted 08.12.2014 | Women
Katie Tandy

These stats raise questions about everything from sex education and the correct use of contraception to reproductive rights and population problems.

On Making Abortion Go Away

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Fran Moreland Johns

Abortion opponents can make it impossible, unthinkable, illegal; they cannot make it a thing of the past. Because women desperate to end unwanted pregnancies will always, always, always find ways to do so. Some of them, as is already happening, will die trying

The Women of Texas -- Part 2 of a Series

Arcelia Hurtado | Posted 08.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Arcelia Hurtado

The politically motivated attacks on the reproductive health of vulnerable women in rural South Texas must stop. But they will not unless everyone cares enough to act: gay, straight, blue or red.

Dropping the Pretext: North Dakota Takes a Frontal Attack on Roe v. Wade

Nancy Northup | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Nancy Northup

Last March, North Dakota enacted a blatantly unconstitutional and downright archaic law completely banning abortions very early in the first trimester, before many women will even know they are pregnant.

Remembering Dr. Tiller

Colleen Crinion | Posted 07.31.2014 | Women
Colleen Crinion

I remember where I was when NPR reported the news on the radio. I was stunned, pulled out of whatever I had been doing and into a new time, an uncertainty. Something had shifted.

The Catholic War on Women

Dennis Trainor | Posted 07.28.2014 | Women
Dennis Trainor

Kelly Carlin and Katie Klabusich join Dennis this week on Acronym TV. Kelly Carlin frames her experience of being a woman in the current cultural and...

mFistula: A Mobile-Based Film and Advocacy Initiative to Help End Obstetric Fistula

Lisa Russell | Posted 07.23.2014 | Impact
Lisa Russell

Regardless of the location, there are countless fistula stories about women who live in extremely remote areas or are too poor to afford the transportation to a facility where free services are available. They are left living their entire lives in physical and social discomfort.

Anti-Abortion Laws Spread In South

The New York Times | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

BATON ROUGE, La. — The Louisiana State Legislature on Wednesday passed a bill that could force three of the state’s five abortion clinics to close...

Energizing the 70 Percent

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
Fran Moreland Johns

If you're poor, down on your luck, living in a remote or impoverished area, and you want or need to terminate an unplanned pregnancy? Forget it.

Abortion Waiting Periods Are an Insult to Women

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Do right-wingers believe women need extra time to think about important decisions because they are: a) emotional, b) easily distracted, or c) old-fashioned dumb. Specifically, I'm thinking about what happened this week in the Show Me State.

Two Simple Words: I Decide

Alexander Sanger | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Alexander Sanger

At least 200 million women want to avoid pregnancy yet lack access to modern contraception. What would it take to shrink this number to zero? A mere $8.1 billion -- or about 1 percent of what Americans spent during the 2013 holidays.

Faith Leaders Call Upon Obama To Include Abortion Access In Foreign Policy

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 05.14.2014 | Religion

Over thirty leaders of faith-based groups across the U.S. called on President Obama to ensure safe access to abortion services worldwide as part of U....

About Honesty in Women's Health...

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 07.13.2014 | Women
Fran Moreland Johns

A small victory for reproductive justice: Google recently removed deceptive "crisis pregnancy centers" ads that come up when users look for abortion services.

Abortion, Like Contraception, Is Essential Health Care That Saves Lives

Terry O'Neill | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

From a public health point of view, abortion care, no less than contraception, is an essential measure to prevent the heartbreak of infant mortality, and to prevent another tragedy as well -- maternal death.

Nuns Thrown Under the Bus

Gina Messina-Dysert | Posted 07.08.2014 | Religion
Gina Messina-Dysert

U.S. nuns have stood firm stating that their intentions have been misunderstood by the Vatican and remain steadfast in their efforts to work for social justice.

The Women of Texas: Part 1 of a Series

Arcelia Hurtado | Posted 07.08.2014 | Latino Voices
Arcelia Hurtado

Texan Latinas are tough. They can and do handle so much without complaint. But the State of Texas, waving the 'pro-life' flag, is threatening these women's lives and denying them basic human rights by cutting funding to the clinics that once served them.

Why Raising the Minimum Wage is the Most Important Women's Issue of 2014

Donna P. Hall | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Donna P. Hall

We've become accustomed to feeling outrage and concern when women's reproductive rights are under attack, but shouldn't we be equally alarmed when women's economic well-being is on the line?

Swoosie Kurtz: 'I Had An Abortion'

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 04.29.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

During a HuffPost Live interview Wednesday, Emmy award-winning actress Swoosie Kurtz described the "anguishing" experience of having an abortion in th...

Fate Of State's Last Abortion Clinic Hangs In The Balance

AP | KEVIN McGILL | Posted 04.29.2014 | Politics

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Mississippi law requiring doctors at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at local hospitals would effectively shut do...

Conservatives Fume Over Rand Paul's Abortion Comments

The Huffington Post | Laura Bassett | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) may have alienated some of his socially conservative supporters this week after he sounded surprisingly ambivalent on the issue...

GOP Governor Signs 20-Week Abortion Ban

AP | EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Wednesday signed a bill to ban abortion starting at the midpoint of a full-term pregnancy. Su...

Can Women Decide for Themselves?

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
Fran Moreland Johns

Not a bad idea at all, making one's own decisions. Unfortunately, it's not always easy today if those are health care decisions, especially if you're a woman, especially if you're poor, especially if you live in the many, many areas of the U.S. without access to a women's health clinic.

Laura Bassett

GOP Lawmaker Compares Abortion To Buying A Car

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics

A Republican state lawmaker in Missouri defended his controversial bill forcing women to have ultrasounds before abortions by comparing abortion to pu...