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Reproductive Rights

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

On New Abortion Restrictions, Michigan Legislature Should Let the Voters Decide

Lori Lamerand | Posted 02.02.2014 | Detroit
Lori Lamerand

Last December, the state legislature used the lame duck session to shove through wildly unpopular restrictions on women's health care. Now, as December rolls back around, here comes another dangerous and deeply unpopular measure: A ban on private abortion insurance coverage.

Common Cause Unites Women, LGBT and Immigrant Rights Leaders

Elena Shore | Posted 02.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Elena Shore

Eddy Arias didn't know he was undocumented when he came to the United States at the age of 14. That didn't stop immigration authorities from detaining Arias two years ago, during a routine traffic stop.

A Woman's Health Care Decisions Should Be in Her Own Hands, Not Her Boss's

Valerie Jarrett | Posted 01.26.2014 | Politics
Valerie Jarrett

No corporate entity should be in position to limit women's legal access to care, or to seize a controlling interest over the health care choices of women.

Mobilizing Towards Reproductive Justice?

Mikaela Luttrell-Rowland | Posted 01.26.2014 | Politics
Mikaela Luttrell-Rowland

This week the Supreme Court blocked an emergency application to overturn a recent law that will close one-third of abortion clinics in Texas. This law is already affecting the lives of thousands of women by denying them access to safe terminations.

A Free #BirthControl Generation, Thanks to the ACA

Clare Coleman | Posted 01.26.2014 | Politics
Clare Coleman

With all eyes on the Supreme Court this week, birth control and its coverage as a preventive benefit for women without a co-pay will once again take center stage in the national conversation.

Talking Reproductive Justice and Feminism With Young Lakota's Sunny Clifford

Sara Alcid | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Sara Alcid

Making its public premiere this week on PBS's Independent Lens, the documentary film Young Lakota weaves together the stories of Lakota youth in South Dakota in the wake of an impending state-wide abortion ban.

Sharing Stories, Making Policy, Changing Lives

Karen Middleton | Posted 01.25.2014 | Denver
Karen Middleton

It is so important that we change the conversation to tell our stories and to understand why these stories matter, to us personally, to health care policy, and to Colorado.

Tough News From Texas -- But the Fight Is Far From Over

Cecile Richards | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Cecile Richards

Access to reproductive health care should never depend on your zip code -- and from statehouses to courthouses to the ballot box, we are going to continue the fight to make sure it doesn't.

Laura Bassett

City Votes On Abortion Ban With National Impact

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics

Lauren S., a married mother of a toddler in a small town in northern New Mexico, was 19 weeks pregnant in October when an ultrasound showed very bad n...

"The World Would Be a Better Place Without Religion" -- A Sentiment Common on College Campuses

Nick Sexton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Nick Sexton

It's important to remember that even though someone might identify as part of a certain religion, it does not mean that he or she has to accept everything that the religion's figurehead espouses.

The Forgotten Holding of Roe v. Wade

Dov Fox | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Dov Fox

Most people identify Roe v. Wade with a single landmark judgment. Lost in these debates is Roe's altogether distinct holding that the state's interest in "potential life" constitutes a valid reason to regulate reproductive conduct.

Is Roe v. Wade in Danger?

Mehroz Baig | Posted 01.23.2014 | San Francisco
Mehroz Baig

Even though 87 percent of all U.S. counties lack an abortion provider according to 2008 data, actions to restrict the access of abortion services continue steadily.

The Rights of Our Daughters: Fighting for Global Reproductive Health

Mike Quigley | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Mike Quigley

As the largest contributor to the United Nations and funder of international family planning, the U.S. is in a unique position to continue to lead the global agenda and place reproductive health at its core.

What Happens When You Need A Late-Term Abortion In 'America's Reddest State'

MSNBC | Irin Carmon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

On their last night in Dallas, the ramen noodles and microwave popcorn were finished. The money for the motel had run out too. So on a hot August nigh...

Saving Girls: Kakenya Ntaiya Is a CNN Hero

Serra Sippel | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Serra Sippel

The founder of the school, Kakenya Ntaiya, grew up in a hut made of straw, mud, and dung with no running water or electricity. She was born in 1978, but does not know the exact day -- her mother cannot remember. She was engaged at age five to the six-year-old boy next door.

Stealth Attack: What You Need to Know About the New Abortion Laws

Alicia Gay | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Alicia Gay

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Pennsylvania Is Failing Women

Kate Michelman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Kate Michelman

It is beyond dispute that when the women of Pennsylvania do well, their families do well, their children thrive and communities prosper. That is reason enough for Pennsylvania to start climbing up from the bottom rungs of the 50 states.

Keep Women and Girls at the Heart of Development

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

In the 21st century, no woman should die bringing new life into the world. With just over 800 days remaining to the MDGs deadline, we must combine our efforts to tackle the causes of maternal death and prevent unintended pregnancies.

What Is Sexual Freedom?

Tammy Nelson, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Tammy Nelson, Ph.D.

Sexual freedom does not only include the right for gay couples to marry or the right to cross-dress in public, but our right to have the kind of sex we want in our private bedrooms, the freedom to express our ideas online and in the media and the freedom to be who we are.

Women and North Carolina GOP Lose Upon Implementation of New State Abortion Restrictions

Mark Kleinschmidt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mark Kleinschmidt

Today North Carolina's new oppressive anti-choice law goes into effect and no North Carolina woman is safer or healthier because of it. But the biggest loser of all may be North Carolina's Gov. Pat McCrory, who violated a clear campaign promise when he signed the legislation into law.

Why It's Important to Talk About Later-Term Abortion

Sarah Erdreich | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Sarah Erdreich

Later-term abortion incites emotion and controversy like few other medical procedures, and the anti-choice movement has not been reluctant to exploit both the passions and misunderstandings surrounding this procedure for their own gain.