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Reproductive Rights

Social Work Month: All People Matter

Melanie Zurek | Posted 06.03.2014 | Impact
Melanie Zurek

We celebrate and thank social workers, this month and every day, for their work to ensure the rights of all people to make free and informed choices about their bodies and their lives.

State Lawmakers Approve Measure Extending Abortion Waiting Period

Reuters | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics

By Verna Gates BIRMINGHAM, Ala., April 3 (Reuters) - A measure to extend the waiting period for abortions in Alabama to 48 hours is h...

Planned Parenthood To Open New Abortion Clinic As Texas Law Closes Others

Reuters | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics

By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS, March 27 (Reuters) - Planned Parenthood will open a $5 million surgical abortion facility in San Antonio i...

Another Republican Makes Reversal On Personhood Measures

AP | Posted 05.25.2014 | Politics

BY NICHOLAS RICCARDI, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DENVER (AP) — A second Colorado Republican facing a tough race is disavowing so-called 'personhood' me...

Women's Rights Group Envisions Nightmare Scenario If Hobby Lobby Wins ACA Battle

The Huffington Post | Carol Hartsell | Posted 03.25.2014 | Comedy

As the Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday on Hobby Lobby's challenge to the Affordable Care Act, one organization is fighting back with a look at t...

Women in the U.S. Are Still Second-Class Citizens: Not Interested? You Should Be

Samantha Paige Rosen | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Samantha Paige Rosen

Despite the progress women have made in the last several decades, they are still treated like second-class citizens in all the ways that matter. Caring about the equal treatment of women in society doesn't make people feminists -- it makes them good humans.

Free EPT Tests in Alaskan Bars... Because Birth Control Is Irresponsible

Shannyn Moore | Posted 05.23.2014 | Politics
Shannyn Moore

The senator thinks women who use birth control are doing so to be irresponsible. How is that even possible? Controlling your fertility is the most fiscally and morally responsible thing you can do as a woman.

Laboratories-of-the-States: The Good... and the Bad

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
Fran Moreland Johns

Will a few states rule the United States? Or fundamentally change it? And if so, who are the winners and losers? Depending on your point of view, this "laboratory-of-the-states" business is good news today... or not.

My Employer Shamed Me for Using Birth Control

Jessica R. | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics
Jessica R.

After the insurance company first denied me birth control, I made an appointment with the Human Resources director. I assumed it was a problem with the insurance company. Boy, was I wrong. The director told me that birth control is something the university should never be expected to cover, and that I should be more responsible for my reproduction and "proud" of my child.

'The Daily Show' Learns About Federally-Funded Penis Pumps

The Huffington Post | Carol Hartsell | Posted 03.13.2014 | Comedy

"Daily Show" correspondent Samantha Bee proved once again on Wednesday that when you need to get to the bottom of an absurd story, she's the woman for...

Impact Evaluation: A Woman's Best Friend?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 05.07.2014 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Since the early 1900s, the world celebrates International Women's Day each March. In the earlier years, there was not much to "celebrate." Today, there is. The past three decades have witnessed real progress towards gender equity.

What Budget Autonomy? D.C.'s Reproductive Health, Voting Rights Under Threat in FY15

Joan Shipps | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Joan Shipps

If history is any guide, Congress will tinker with the President's language about the District before it approves a budget for the fiscal year. The residents of D.C. are watching closely to see which decisions of our elected officials will be overturned.

Imagining Reproductive Rights in a Homonormative World

Sal Bardo | Posted 05.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Sal Bardo

But the concept of a homonormative society invites all sorts of other, less obvious questions, paramount among them being the logistics of procreation and gender roles.

Discrimination, Inc.

David Gans | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics
David Gans

What does anti-LGBT legislation in Arizona and Kansas have to do with a pair of Supreme Court cases out of Oklahoma and Pennsylvania challenging the Affordable Care Act? Quite a lot.

GOP War on Women Gets a New Host

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 04.29.2014 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

The Far Right loves to get all heebety-jeebety upset about how Democrats say there is a Republican War on Women. Wherever would they get that idea? How dare they?

How to Host a Fetus

Erin Gibson | Posted 04.28.2014 | Comedy
Erin Gibson

In response to Virginia Senator Steve Martin's remarks about reproductive rights, I dove into my collection of Victorian etiquette books to find more information on the proper way to host a fetus.

Republican Men Still Can't Figure Out How To Define These 'Women' Things

Sara Boboltz | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics

Last week, Virginia state Sen. Steve Martin (R) referred to pregnant women as "hosts," in what he claimed was a reaction to a Valentine's Day card fro...

In the Cause(s) of Justice

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics
Fran Moreland Johns

Aggressive plans to legalize death with dignity are underway in several other states. Most supporters -- this writer included -- believe it will only take a few more until the movement for compassion, autonomy and justice at life's end becomes a right to everyone in the U.S.

I'm Pro-Choice and I'm a Man -- Why More Men Need to Speak Up For Reproductive Rights

Bustle | Posted 04.13.2014 | Women
Bustle

As a man who is also a feminist, I feel somewhat uncomfortable making the argument that the pro-choice movement needs more men. It reeks of "knight-and-shining-armor"-ism. But as with any social cause, this fight is ultimately about changing minds.

Preparing Youth for Life Beyond the Classroom

Pamela Barnes | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
Pamela Barnes

As we listened to Alem's story, the events of the week -- visiting urban and rural clinics, talking with both the country's Minister of Health and EngenderHealth fieldworkers, touring a bare-bones hospital that serves 2.5 million people -- suddenly became very personal.

The Threat to Reproductive Health Care -- Part 2

Terry O'Neill | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

Laws that restrict or deny access to reproductive health care procedures are openly discriminatory against women. How many lawmakers do you know who have dreamed up restriction after restriction after restriction to block men's access to vasectomy?

Dem Candidate: 'Momma Ain't Happy' With 'Toxic' GOP Rhetoric

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 02.06.2014 | Politics

Texas state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (D) blasted her Republican opponents in the lieutenant governor's race, saying that their messaging on immigrati...

It's Time to Talk

Sally Steenland | Posted 04.07.2014 | Religion
Sally Steenland

One might assume that to be religious is to be anti-choice -- and conversely, that one cannot be both a person of faith and a supporter of abortion care. But in reality, people of faith have long supported a woman's right to make the complex decision about whether to have a child.

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.