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Reproductive Rights

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.

Oklahoma Republican Blasts Party For Crusade Against Birth Control

The Huffington Post | Preston Maddock | Posted 05.30.2013 | Politics

In a scathing critique of his Republican colleagues in the Oklahoma state Legislature, Rep. Doug Cox (R-Grove) questioned his party's efforts to restr...

Women Deliver Catalyzes Conversations With Young People about Reproductive Health

Purnima Mane | Posted 07.28.2013 | Impact
Purnima Mane

The first official day of the 3rd annual Women Deliver Conference just wrapped up. Perhaps the biggest takeaway here so far is the incredible presence and engagement of young people.

Time to Bridge the Gap for Women's Health

Serra Sippel | Posted 07.23.2013 | Impact
Serra Sippel

With the post-2015 development goals due to the UN Secretary-General at the end of the month, Women Deliver 2013 will be a rallying call to ensure that women and girls -- and their rights and health -- are central to the future of global development.

How the Catholic Bishops Outsmarted Washington Voters

Valerie Tarico | Posted 07.23.2013 | Politics
Valerie Tarico

When it comes to matters of individual conscience, Washington State voters have a don't-mess-with-us attitude that makes Texans look like cattle--and it goes way back.

An Open Letter to President Obama

Nancy Northup | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics
Nancy Northup

There is perhaps no other fundamental right that is under more ferocious attack than the right of reproductive choice -- and we need you to help us fight back now.

Time to Bring Moms Home: Impact of Immigration Detention on Women

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 07.22.2013 | Latino Voices
Azadeh Shahshahani

We must continue to fight every step of the way to ensure immigration reform achieves a roadmap to citizenship for immigrants and an immigration process that respects the civil rights and liberties of immigrants, including women in deportation proceedings.

Harsh Abortion Laws Under Fire

AP | DAVE KOLPACK | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics

FARGO, N.D. — Abortion rights activists on Wednesday filed the first of what they expect will be several legal challenges to laws recently appro...

How Do We Prevent More Gosnells?

Minister Leslie Watson Malachi | Posted 07.15.2013 | Black Voices
Minister Leslie Watson Malachi

Anti-choice activists are exploiting the Gosnell trial to push for laws that close abortion clinics and otherwise limit access to choice. But that is exactly the wrong reaction. The horrific conditions at Gosnell's clinic show just how important it is to have real reproductive choice.

On Mother's Day, Let's Invest in Women

Diane Lane | Posted 07.12.2013 | Impact
Diane Lane

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgNeedless suffering and death can be avoided if women are invested in and valued culturally for more than just their reproductive capacity.

Will Mark Sanford Listen to Mark Sanford's Lesson in Grace?

Michael Keegan | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
Michael Keegan

"I am one imperfect man saved by God's grace," Mark Sanford proclaimed as he declared victory. What I would love to see, is if Sanford applied his new personal understanding of grace to his new role in government. Perhaps he could convince his party that a little grace would do it some good.

The Key to Sustainable Development in 2015 and Beyond

Kim Lovell | Posted 06.30.2013 | Impact
Kim Lovell

We've halved the number of people living on less than $1.25 a day, increased school enrollment and increased access to lifesaving HIV/AIDS treatment worldwide. Yet the goal of achieving universal access to reproductive health (MDG 5a) has seen the smallest amount of progress.

No Girl Should Face Unwanted Pregnancy at 17: Why We Raise for Women like Clara

Jaime-Alexis Fowler | Posted 07.01.2013 | Impact
Jaime-Alexis Fowler

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgIn many parts of the world, women face tremendous barriers to accessing information and services for their sexual and reproductive health.

120 Million New Family Planning Users: Are We Setting Ourselves Up for Disappointment?

Christopher Purdy | Posted 06.30.2013 | Impact
Christopher Purdy

An analysis of available data on a country-by-country basis suggests that a majority of the women with unmet need for family planning are in the world's middle income countries.

The Untold History Of Abortion Access In America

Alexander Sanger | Posted 06.29.2013 | Religion
Alexander Sanger

Several U.S. states are falling over themselves -- and in some cases failing -- to ban abortion, abortion clinics and access to the few clinics that remain. This is not a new phenomenon.

The Unfinished Cairo Agenda: Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Health for All

Tarja Halonen | Posted 06.26.2013 | Impact
Tarja Halonen

Nearly 20 years after 179 nations committed to protect the reproductive health and rights of women and girls at the UN International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, we have the chance to ask, "Has life really changed for women and girls?" The answer is decidedly mixed.

Obama To Speak At Planned Parenthood Gala

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama will be the keynote speaker at Planned Parenthood's annual gala on April 25, the group announced Tuesday. "President Obama h...

On Rape Culture, Masculinity and Reproductive Justice

Kierra Johnson | Posted 06.19.2013 | College
Kierra Johnson

The idea that it would be more practical to arm every woman than to teach men about rape is depressing -- and it's insulting to men. It's an extreme manifestation of the classic "boys will be boys" mentality -- and everyone but the "boys" are responsible.

A Thought Experiment for "Pro-Life" Extremists

Dr. Joe Wenke | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics
Dr. Joe Wenke

Pretend that you awaken one day and discover yourself living in some nightmare world in which a malevolent higher power forces you to make Sophie's Choice.

Putting A Speed Limit On Change

Dr. Joe Wenke | Posted 06.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Dr. Joe Wenke

Some people are arguing that the movement toward marriage equality is going too quickly. They say that it would be better to go more slowly in granting same-sex couples the right to marry. Should we go slowly in ensuring freedom and equality for all people because it will upset bigots?

Dem Blasts 'Taliban-Like Philosophies' Of GOP Colleagues

The Huffington Post | Preston Maddock | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics

The rhetoric surrounding a debate over abortion rights in Kansas heated up on Monday, when state Sen. David Haley (D-Kansas City) accused his GOP coll...