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Reproductive Rights

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.

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.