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Reproductive Rights

TRAP Laws Restrict Abortion Rights the Same Way Poll Taxes and Literacy Tests Restricted Voting Rights

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

In Louisiana, a new law has the potential to shut down every abortion provider in the state. Does that law ban abortions? No, not specifically. But it's an example of something that has become much more prevalent in recent years, namely TRAP laws.

Did You See How Republicans Tried to Tamper With Women's Health Insurance Plans This Week?

Rep. Carolyn Maloney | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Rep. Carolyn Maloney

For years, Republicans have tried to get between a woman and her doctor. Now they're trying to come between a woman and her health insurance company.

Opposed to HR 7? Support DC Statehood

Joan Shipps | Posted 03.31.2014 | DC
Joan Shipps

Until we have statehood in D.C., my basic reproductive rights will continue to be under threat -- with or without HR 7.

Reproductive Rights in a State of Emergency

Dennis Trainor | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Dennis Trainor

This Wednesday marked the 41st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.

Choice and the Age of Peak Child

Morra Aarons-Mele | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact
Morra Aarons-Mele

Imagine having to take into consideration the fact that it's likely at least one of your children will die before the age of five. How does that affect the family that you plan for? How does that affect the future that you plan for your daughters or sons?

GOP: Sensitivity Training in Animal House

Michael Keegan | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Michael Keegan

What the GOP doesn't seem to have grasped is that just saying sensitive things (or refraining from saying stupidly insensitive things) isn't enough to win voters. It's the policies, not just the way you talk about them.

Roe-ing, Wade-ing, & Reflecting

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 03.25.2014 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

We should advocate for women, empower their leadership and vision and fight for their rights in the midst of global oppression. That's what it means to support life.

Beyond Single-Issue Politics on the 41st Anniversary of Roe v. Wade: Young Reproductive Rights Activists Are Social Justice Activists

Kelley Robinson | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Kelley Robinson

This fight isn't about being "pro-choice" or "pro-life." Those outdated labels don't come close to defining who we are or the complexity of this issue. Instead of talking about what divides us, let's talk about what the majority of us agree on: that women's health care decisions should be left to a woman and her doctor.

Thousands To Brave Cold For Abortion Protest

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of abortion opponents are facing wind chills in the single digits to rally and march on Capitol Hill to protest legalize...

Obama Reaffirms Commitment To Reproductive Freedom

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is marking the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion by reaffirming his ad...

The Threat to Reproductive Health Care -- Part 1

Terry O'Neill | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

As we observe the anniversary of the historic Roe v. Wade decision, it's vital to remember that every woman has the right to have the children she wants, raise the children she has, plan her own family and make her own health care decisions. That means women must have the social, economic and political power to pursue their goals.

Whoa, Sarah Silverman Went There

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 01.25.2014 | Comedy

Sarah Silverman has seen her share of controversies -- after all, her no-holds-barred style, coupled with her wit, intelligence and sweetness, has bee...

What Sexual Reproductive Health Is Like In Some Of The Biggest Slums Worldwide

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 03.20.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Free contraceptives, progressive legislation, text messages, mobile reproductive health services and community-based outreach--these are just some of the ways cities are transforming urban approaches to family planning.

Women vs. the Catholic Church Round 2: Whose Rights Was the Constitution Written to Protect?

Marilyn Katz | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Marilyn Katz

Millions of women work for, go to school at or have spouses that work at or use Catholic social services, hospitals, universities and schools. It is these millions, not the dubious rights of institutions, that are intended by and should be upheld by the Supreme Court.

A Resolution for 2014: Eliminating Health Care Inequality

Alexander Sanger | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Alexander Sanger

Latin America seems to be doing well at first glance: maternal and child mortality numbers have dropped, contraceptive use is up and abortion was even legalized in Mexico City in 2011. But as a public health professional in the region with a focus on the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents, I'm not so quick to celebrate these victories

Reproductive Rights Today: Still Not Safe

Amelia Shroyer | Posted 03.10.2014 | Women
Amelia Shroyer

Why aren't we critical of men's sexuality in the same way we constantly scrutinize and blame women?

America Scores Embarrassingly Low In This Key Health Category

Posted 01.25.2014 | Women

This week, the Population Institute released their annual State of Reproductive Health And Rights report card. And most of America really isn't doing ...

Another New Year -- And One More Chance to Choose the World We Want

Mariela Castro Espín | Posted 03.15.2014 | Impact
Mariela Castro Espín

I joined the UN High-Level Task Force for the International Conference on Development to help make sure sexual and reproductive rights are specifically addressed in the UN's Post-2015 Development Agenda, and that the rights of women and young people receive the priority they deserve.

Beyonce or Poverty: Which One Will Matter to Women 50 Years from Now?

C. Nicole Mason | Posted 03.15.2014 | Women
C. Nicole Mason

Although women have made tremendous gains in terms of labor force participation, access to higher education and hold more high profile positions in government and corporations than any time other time in our nation's history, they still remain at the bottom of the economic totem pole. The question is why?

The Still Uncertain State of Reproductive Health in America

Robert Walker | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics
Robert Walker

This week the Population Institute released its second annual report card on reproductive health and rights in the US, and the results were not encouraging. Thirteen states received a failing grade, and the US as a whole received a "C-" for the second year in a row.

Jason Linkins

Where Did Chuck Todd Get The Idea That Ron And Rand Paul Favor Women's Rights?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

People be toking in Colorado, and "Meet The Press" is on it! Tepidly, anyway, judging by this weekend's panel. During a brief discussion Sunday of ...

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Women's Rights in 2013

Alexander Sanger | Posted 03.01.2014 | Women
Alexander Sanger

When it came to women's rights, there was indeed ugliness. Despite these setbacks, there is reason for hope. Here's my wrap-up of the top five wins for sexual and reproductive rights in 2013.

What if Mary Did Not Have a Choice?

Gabriella Lettini, Ph.D. | Posted 02.13.2014 | Religion
Gabriella Lettini, Ph.D.

Advent is about the choice to nurture a world reflective of divine justice and individual choice. To participate in a challenge to oppressive powers. Mary chose to participate, to nurture a force pushing against her experience of an occupying empire and furthering equality among peoples.

Jon Ward

Republican Senate Candidates Train To Improve Pitch To Women Voters

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican House of Representatives candidates aren't the only ones training to better communicate with women voters. GOP candidates fo...

What Happens When We Don't Need Women's Bodies for Gestation?

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics
Soraya Chemaly

Feminists in many disciplines have extensively considered what ectogenesis could mean for women's rights, the structure of the family, class, race and society. What does it mean to sever human "birth" from the human body