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Reproductive Rights

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...

The Republican Attack on Women's Health Goes Global

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Chen

What does a congressperson from Ohio have in common with a 16 year-old sex worker in Cambodia? They're both symbols of the perverse political stalemate in Washington, D.C.

GOP War on Women Goes Global

Jodi Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jodi Jacobson

These cuts to basic services benefiting the poor, and particularly poor women, will not reduce the deficit, will not create jobs, and will not improve the future prospects of the United States.

Compromising Funding Is Compromising Women's Lives (VIDEO)

Reproductive Justice | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reproductive Justice

By Jasmine Burnett, Regional Coordinator for SisterSong Women Of Color Reproductive Justice Collective The Planned Parenthood New York March for Wome...

International Women's Day: Hold the Champagne

Robert Walker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Walker

A year ago, the U.S. was in a position of global leadership on women's issues. What a difference a year makes. Congress -- or at least the U.S. House of Representatives -- is in full retreat.

City Council Passes Bill To Curb Deceptive Anti-Abortion Tactics

AP | SAMANTHA GROSS | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — Pregnancy counseling centers, including those run by anti-abortion groups attempting to dissuade women from ending their pregnancies,...

Jason Linkins

The Nationwide Effort To Restrict Reproductive Rights | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As has been noted here and elsewhere, 2011 has seen a nationwide resurgence in the effort to curtail women's reproductive rights. I know! It's almost...