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Reproductive Rights

Taking Texas-Sized Steps to End Teen Pregnancy

Pamela Barnes | Posted 09.11.2013 | Impact
Pamela Barnes

Texas has the fourth highest teenage pregnancy rate in the United States. Despite these growing numbers, public schools in Texas teach an abstinence-only curriculum, leaving teens without the sexual and reproductive health information they desperately need.

North Carolina, Texas, Colorado: Why Abortion & Reproductive Rights Matter

Karen Middleton | Posted 09.11.2013 | Denver
Karen Middleton

In the coming weeks, NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado will be releasing a scorecard of elected officials and their record supporting -- or not -- women's reproductive health care and abortion rights. You should know who stands with you. And who doesn't.

Why the GOP Is Running Into a Political Box Canyon -- And Political Marginality

Robert Creamer | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
Robert Creamer

On issue after issue, the GOP has veered far from the mainstream of the American electorate. Worse, they are swimming upstream against a tide of changing demographics.

We Will Not Stand Idly By: Rabbinic Remarks From the Rally at the Texas State Capitol

Rabbi Rachel Kobrin | Posted 09.09.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Kobrin

We stand here today with open hearts, committed to speaking honestly, listening compassionately, struggling deeply, and acting with moral courage. We stand here today and affirm.

Republicans and the Parable of the Boiling Frog

Lori Day | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics
Lori Day

The GOP has begun to turn up the temperature on the pots of water a bit too quickly, ensuring the frogs will jump out. Watching the gathering protests and escalating anger in Texas, Ohio and North Carolina these past two weeks has given me hope that people are paying more attention.

Schoolhouse Rock Parody Destroys Texas Abortion Bill

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 07.09.2013 | Comedy

As the Texas legislature prepares to vote on a new bill that would massively restrict abortion rights for women across the Lone Star State -- for the ...

Why I Got Arrested for Women's Health

Janet Colm | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics
Janet Colm

All these issues are connected -- education, health care, prenatal care, unemployment benefits, support for domestic violence services, early education, voting rights -- and access to birth control, accurate sex education, and abortion. This is how we make our state better.

It's 1984 All Over Again and I've Got a Doublespeak Headache

Paula Puryear Martin | Posted 09.05.2013 | Politics
Paula Puryear Martin

Logic and facts have gone out the window, replaced by a rhetoric that's no less persuasive in the public square for making absolutely no sense.

Let's Talk About Sex

Pamela Barnes | Posted 09.02.2013 | Impact
Pamela Barnes

Unlike what its name suggests, World Population Day is not just a day about numbers -- it's about people. It's a day designated to reaffirm everyone's right to plan the families they want, not what their circumstances dictate.

Anti-Choice Politics Aren't a Cause; They're a Form of Fundraising Yield Management

Chris Kelly | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Chris Kelly

He is neither a doctor, nor a teacher, nor a soldier, nor a farmer, nor an engineer nor a job creator. He has expertise in nothing. And yet he is the author of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Act and cosponsor of the Life at Conception Act.

5 Facts About Rick Perry's 'Pro-Life' Texas Utopia

Charles Clymer | Posted 08.30.2013 | Politics
Charles Clymer

It really would seem that for all of Rick Perry's mansplaining to State Senator Wendy Davis about her obligations as a mother and emphasizing his love for the "sanctity of life," he only seems to be "pro-life" when it's politically convenient.

When Things Go Wrong With Mr. Right: How Texas Women Can Mend Fences With Gov. Rick Perry

Christina Pesoli | Posted 08.30.2013 | Comedy
Christina Pesoli

I am still shocked at your embarrassing display of unladylike conduct at the Texas Capitol the other night. Governor Perry was trying his best to spare you from pesky decisions regarding your lady parts, and rather than thanking him for Senate Bill 5, you got all hysterical.

Civil Rights and Mixed Emotions

Angela Stanley | Posted 08.28.2013 | Black Voices
Angela Stanley

In theory, civil rights are all interconnected and fit into a broader, and idealistic, framework of justice for all. In reality, they are often fragmented, pitted against one another, and at odds.

When an Extreme Agenda Wins, Women Lose

Cecile Richards | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Cecile Richards

These bills are more than staggering. They have nothing to do with protecting women. They will not promote health care. They are dangerous, they are extreme, and women are already paying the price in states where they have been enacted.

GOP Rejects Change On Divisive Issues Despite 2012 Loss

AP | CHARLES BABINGTON | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican lawmakers have a message for those who want the party to soften its emphasis on social conservatism in hopes of reaching a wi...

Proudly Advocating for Love and Freedom

Rea Carey | Posted 08.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Rea Carey

The LGBTQ equality and reproductive justice movements are so closely aligned in values but too frequently siloed off as unrelated. Reproductive justice and LGBTQ equality are not only rooted in the same principles, but many of our core issues overlap.

GOP-Backed Anti-Abortion Measure Heads To Walker's Desk

Reuters | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics

By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin June 13 (Reuters) - Wisconsin's Republican-led state Assembly passed a measure on Thursday to ...

The Nationwide Attacks on Reproductive Rights

Larry Bodine | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Larry Bodine

State legislatures across the country have enacted an avalanche of restrictions that deny women of their reproductive rights. Just this year alone, more than 300 anti-abortion measures have been introduced in the states -- in direct violation of Roe v. Wade.

Plan B for Minors -- It's Not About Sex

Terry O'Neill | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

Would a responsible parent wish to deny their child urgently needed health care? Not many parents would. But that's exactly what they are saying when they conflate the medical conversation about emergency contraception with the personal conversation about teenage sexuality.

Let's Empower Young Dads, Not Stigmatize Them

Jessica González-Rojas | Posted 08.12.2013 | Media
Jessica González-Rojas

A number of recent campaigns have taken an unfortunate approach to trying to tackle the issue of teen pregnancy. Rather than supplying youth with the tools and information they desperately need, they've chosen to simply try to shame young people out of parenthood.

The Women's Equality Act: A No Brainer for New York

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 08.12.2013 | New York
Taina Bien-Aime

The legislation is testament that we cannot parse out women's rights, drop by drop. It is recognition that if New York doesn't legislate against discrimination, it in effect condones inequality.

Contentious Abortion Measure Faces Legal Challenges

Reuters | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics

By Verna Gates BIRMINGHAM, Ala., June 11 (Reuters) - Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit...

Wonderful News for Women: Over-the-Counter Emergency Contraception On Its Way

Cecile Richards | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Cecile Richards

Hopefully, with this decision, women all over the country will soon be able to walk into a pharmacy and pick up emergency contraception off the shelves, as soon as they need it -- no barriers, no shame.

1 in 3: Beatriz, Mounting Barriers to Abortion and the American Experience

Deb Hauser | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Deb Hauser

For months Beatriz's government turned a blind eye to the advice of her doctors. Never mind that she would die without the opportunity to end her pregnancy, or that the fetus she carried was unviable. Never mind that she was already the mother of a young child.

Time to Deliver for Women: The Post-2015 Agenda

Serra Sippel | Posted 08.06.2013 | World
Serra Sippel

May was a great month for showcasing the centrality of women to every single goal on the international agenda for development and poverty eradication. Dare I call it a watershed moment? It depends on what happens next.