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Reproductive Rights

Reproductive Rights and Health: Time for New Commitment

Steve Heilig | Posted 09.21.2011 | San Francisco
Steve Heilig

In California, reproductive choice has long been considered relatively safe, due in no small part to our elected leadership -- many of whom happen to be women. Is that coincidence? I doubt it.

Summer Reading

Barbara Lee | Posted 09.21.2011 | Books
Barbara Lee

Are you still looking for books to take with you on summer vacation? From my bookshelf to yours, here are a few of my favorites:

Embracing Straight Talk About Family Planning for the World's Women

Suzanne Ehlers | Posted 09.13.2011 | Impact
Suzanne Ehlers

The simple truth is that family planning has helped me build my life, and it allows me to work full-time for PAI, where we are dedicated to giving women around the world the chance to build theirs.

Laura Bassett

Kansas Hires Koch Brothers' Attorneys To Defend Against Planned Parenthood | Laura Bassett | Posted 09.11.2011 | Politics

After passing a measure to defund Planned Parenthood over the non-issue of "taxpayer-funded abortions" last month, the state of Kansas has hired an ex...

Lucas Kavner

Comedian And 'Daily Show' Co-Creator Tours For Planned Parenthood | Lucas Kavner | Posted 08.31.2011 | Impact

Lizz Winstead, comedian and co-creator of "The Daily Show," has been selling out comedy shows across the country for the past few years. With her shar...

Is Illinois Abortion Notification Law Constitutional? Court To Decide

Posted 08.17.2011 | Chicago

Though the Illinois law requiring a teenage girl's parents be notified before she has an abortion passed in 1995, it has thus far gone completely unen...

The Opening of a Russian Front in the Abortion Wars

Merle Hoffman | Posted 10.03.2012 | World
Merle Hoffman

Russia has embraced their very own anti-choice movement, and it looks strikingly like ours here in the U.S. In all of these calculations, women are the losers.

Rick Santorum: The Hapless Holy Warrior Starts Another Crusade

Michael Keegan | Posted 08.08.2011 | Politics
Michael Keegan

It's hard to predict what could happen in the GOP primary, but at this point, Rick Santorum's barely-limping-along campaign seems in need of divine intervention.

Why Ending HIV Starts With Women - Today

Serra Sippel | Posted 08.08.2011 | World
Serra Sippel

We can end HIV/AIDS right now if we want to. We already know how. We know how it's transmitted; we know how to prevent and treat it. We're just not doing what it takes to end it.

MADRE's Vision for Women Worldwide

Clare Richardson | Posted 07.20.2011 | Impact
Clare Richardson

For AOL's Monster Help Day, I volunteered at MADRE sorting donations of eyeglasses, contact lenses and cleaning solutions to be sent to doctors in Nicaragua.

Still Looking for a Champion: Reproductive Health Under the Obama Administration

Jon O'Brien | Posted 07.11.2011 | Politics
Jon O'Brien

When Obama was elected president, reproductive rights advocates hoped that we had found a champion. But his failure to lead on the reproductive rights front has exemplified the high price of standing still.

Mother's Day

Carolita Johnson | Posted 07.08.2011 | Comedy
Carolita Johnson


Should Adoption Be a Reproductive Right?

Cristina Page | Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics
Cristina Page

Just like women who choose abortion, women who make an adoption plan are subject to shame, coercion, misinformation, unfavorable laws, and the politicization of their choice. It is here that the reproductive rights movement may recognize a role for itself.

Counting to Ten Billion

Elizabeth Leahy Madsen | Posted 07.03.2011 | World
Elizabeth Leahy Madsen

The U.N.'s Population Division projected that the world will reach just over 10 billion by 2100, but this only shows us what would happen if today's demographic trends follow specific paths.

Planned Parenthood's Almost Demise, Michele Bachmann's Presidential Exploration and Geraldine Ferraro's Death Mark New Chapter in American History

Rebecca Sive | Posted 06.12.2011 | Chicago
Rebecca Sive

So we come to the prospect of a presidential run by a woman whose candidacy would have nothing to do with advancing the rights and security of American women. How far we have fallen.

The Budget Resolution Is a Blow to Women in D.C.

Nancy Northup | Posted 06.11.2011 | Politics
Nancy Northup

Included in the budget agreement that lawmakers reached late last week was a policy rider that forbids the District of Columbia from using its own money to fund abortion services.

The Strength of Our Voices

Haydee Morales | Posted 06.01.2011 | New York
Haydee Morales

On April 8, our government will be deciding whether or not to leave millions of women, including many Latinas, without basic health care, with no provider to turn to.

Jason Linkins

Indiana Lawmaker Will Close The Rape Loophole In Abortion Law, Because Of All The Women Pretending To Be Rape Survivors | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.31.2011 | Politics

The ministrations of lawmakers who seem to believe women are chattel roll on, today to the Indiana State legislature.

Is Locking Up Pregnant Women the New Cure for State Financial Woes and Mental Health Problems?

Lynn M. Paltrow | Posted 05.30.2011 | Politics
Lynn M. Paltrow

When a person suffering from mental illness happens to be a pregnant woman, she does not lose her right to be treated like other human beings experiencing the same problems.

Dear GOP, Get Your Hands Off My Body

Lynn Parramore | Posted 05.30.2011 | Politics
Lynn Parramore

You are all the time saying that we should have more limited government. Don't you see any contradiction in telling me what to do with my body, which is the only thing I can truly call my own?

Insurance Bans on Abortion Go for the Jugular

Carlton W. Veazey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carlton W. Veazey

If successful, insurance bans may be more devastating to women's reproductive health care than the hundreds of state laws that mandate counseling, forced delays, and bans on specific procedures.

Jason Linkins

Arizona Legislators Pass Paranoid Abortion Bill | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Arizona Senate has passed a new bill limiting abortion rights, and, since this is the Arizona Senate we're talking about, you just know that it's not incoherent and vaguely paranoid at all! Basically, the bill is rooted in the brand-new varietal of anti-Planned Parenthood paranoia, in which the organization stands accused of culpability in a massive scheme to commit in-utero genocide. As in other recent cases of abortion law fearmongering, supporters of this bill cannot actually point to such an epidemic that's actually happening. But they try their best all the same!

How Women Became Citizens (Hint: It Didn't Happen Overnight!)

Ellen Chesler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ellen Chesler

We women must either speak up more passionately and reclaim our own historical agency by overturning recent injustices, or we condemn our daughters to refight the very battles we once had every reason to think we had won.

Join the Coalition to Stop the War on American Women

Stephanie Schriock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephanie Schriock

Maybe they didn't hear us the first time. Republican leaders passed a budget so backwards and unacceptable to women and families that women in the S...

Birth Rights: Helping Expectant Mothers Survive In Indonesia

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Robin Lim wanted to reinvent herself. After suffering the loss of both her sister and her best friend in the same year, she and her husband moved to...