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Reproductive Rights

GOP Dials Back the Clock on Progress for Women

Sen. Richard Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Richard Blumenthal

It is troubling to see lawmakers who champion limited government in every other circumstance become the champions of government overreach when it comes to a woman's choice over her medical options.

Sanctimonious Sanctity

Ian Squires | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ian Squires

Even if you interpret it from a pro-life perspective, the US Constitution is not the end-all word of God. Or Allah. Or the Pope. Or even Chris Rock.

Saving a Mother's Life: The Case for Abortion

Mary Jo Kilroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mary Jo Kilroy

I would like to see abortion become rare because women have access to family planning services. But I am worried that Congress will make abortion rare by continuing to whittle away at our rights.

The Ups and Downs of Abortion: Fear, Poverty and Geography Impact Abortion Rates

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Chen

New data helps illuminate the landscape of reproductive rights in the new decade: a complex mix of choice and limitations in health, wealth and geography, all conspire to make a woman's deeply personal decision an intensely political one.

Roe v. Wade v. Silence

Jenna Henry Hansen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jenna Henry Hansen

I live in a country where it is OK to distribute "WANTED" posters that not only display photos of abortion service medical providers, but include their names and addresses.

Abortion, American Culture And The Limits Of Law

Dr. David P. Gushee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Dr. David P. Gushee

If abortion were to be banned in all 50 states tomorrow, and nothing else I have described were to change, there would still be hundreds of thousands seeking abortions each year in America.

The Quiet Man Who Wrote Roe v. Wade

Al Eisele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Al Eisele

In a rare interview with a reporter, Harry A. Blackmun spoke publicly for the first time about the controversial decision that continues to roil the political waters 38 years later. I know because I was that reporter.

Dangerous Claims That Abortion Is Genocide

Reproductive Justice | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reproductive Justice

The anti-abortion right wing is hard at work trying to drive a wedge into communities of color. A conspiracy theory -- which alleges that abortion amounts to genocide perpetrated by white people on minority communities -- is gathering steam.

This Is Not Your Mother's Reproductive Rights Movement

Julie Burkhart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Julie Burkhart

The pro-choice movement in the United States is at a critical crossroads. A new reproductive justice movement is emerging from the hardships endured b...

Weekly Pulse: Egg Salad Surprise! Congress Votes to Clean Up Food Supply

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

by Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger It's a Christmas-week miracle! The Senate, in a vote that astonished everyone, brought the Food Safe...

Arizona. Hospital Loses Catholic Status Over Surgery

AP | AMANDA LEE MYERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

PHOENIX — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix stripped a major hospital of its affiliation with the church Tuesday because of a surgery that e...

Honoring Elizabeth Edwards: Standing With Women And Families

Anu Kumar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Anu Kumar

It's worth acknowledging that what Fred Phelps does is just an extreme example of what society does to women on a daily basis. Any woman who shows independent agency in her childbearing decisions is open to questions and even vilification.

Protect the Reproductive Health of Women in Our Military

Kirsten Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kirsten Moore

It is disconcerting that a woman serving our country would have to make the decision about ending her pregnancy based on where she is deployed, or whether the has the money and ability to fly home.

HIV-Positive Chilean Mothers Claim To Be Forcibly Sterilized, Abused In Hospitals (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

As nations around the world commemorate World AIDS Day, a group of HIV-positive women in Chile has come forward with more sobering news, claiming they...

Important Progress, But Also New Challenges, in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

Sharon L. Camp | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sharon L. Camp

Fewer people worldwide are getting infected with HIV than 10 years ago, and those who have already contracted the virus are living longer, according t...

Filmmakers Document Late-Term Abortion

Catherine Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Catherine Epstein

Young women and girls who are victims of sexual abuse sometimes don't recognize their own pregnancy--or may feel too ashamed to tell others--before the second or third trimester.

Argentina's Slow Tango With Women's Lives

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marianne Mollmann

Any law that labels abortion a crime, even if it allows for exceptions, in practice makes it complicated, if not impossible, to get access to health- and life-preserving abortions. This is the situation in Argentina.

ACLU: Walgreen's Stores Wouldn't Sell 'Morning After Pill' To Men

Time | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

On at least two separate occasions earlier this year, the company denied access to the "morning-after pill" to men who were not accompanied by their f...

Women's Health and Rights: Why US Foreign Policy Matters

Serra Sippel | Posted 06.17.2011 | World
Serra Sippel

Progress on women's sexual and reproductive health and rights has always been vulnerable to political whims. U.S. foreign policy affects women oversea...

Black Church Denounces Anti-Abortion 'Genocide' Lies (VIDEO)

Reproductive Justice | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Reproductive Justice

The black church has the moral authority to confront the outrageous lies about abortion perpetrated by this campaign and to bear witness to the fact that, for women, freedom must include reproductive options.

The Abortion Debate: Open Hearts, Open Minds And Tragedy As A Fair-Minded Word

Christine A. Scheller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Christine A. Scheller

Abortion is a tragedy in and of itself, regardless of whether or not we, as individuals or as a society, feel that it is so.

India Fights Population Boom With Cash Payments To Couples Who Delay Babies

New York Times | JIM YARDLEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

...If youth is India's advantage, the sheer size of its population poses looming pressures on resources and presents an enormous challenge for an alre...

Does the U.S. Care about Women? That Depends on Where They Live

Anu Kumar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anu Kumar

The Department of Health determines that contraception is not preventive care for women in the US, but USAID continues to expand access to contraception in the developing world? Talk about a split personality!

What Every Woman Needs to Know About the Office of State Attorney General

Christine Bronstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Bronstein

Until recently I had no idea how much control the Attorney General has over my uterus. As Attorney General, Kamala Harris will make choice a priority in her administration.

Michael Bennet Ad Hits Ken Buck On Reproductive Rights

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

On Friday, Colorado Senator Michael Bennet released his latest campaign commercial, which hits his opponent, Republican Ken Buck for his stances on re...