It is certainly fair enough to suggest that we could do better at organizing around these issues, at collaborating within the movement, at reaching out to those who might be inclined to support a broader vision of what reproductive rights and justice means.
The creep of personhood results in laws and actions that take away women's constitutional personhood. There is no (gender-neutral) way to extend personhood rights to fertilized eggs without depriving women of the same rights.
There should be, and always will be, issues that divide the nation, but contraception should not be one of them. Not even close. If ever there was an issue that should unite people on both sides of the aisle, family planning has to be it.
In Alaska, many of us need guns to fill our freezers, but if you need a 30-round clip you're a pretty poor hunter. If you are hoarding automatic (yes, they are legal) or semi-automatic weapons, you need Viagra.
If NIPT becomes part of routine prenatal care, it poses real challenges for genetic counselors, whose professional charge is to communicate genetic information to a wide range of clients in a manner that respects reproductive autonomy and the rights of people with disabilities.
What makes this particular battle interesting is the messaging employed by one Catholic Bishop in his attempt to sway public opinion -- and how completely disconnected it is from the realities the people of the Philippines face each day.
Savita's death serves as the most raw of reminders that the global war against women's fundamental human rights rages on. And even though our country spoke loudly for women's rights on election day, that war does rage on right here at home.
Aaround 222 million women, largely in the poorest countries, want to use modern family planning methods but can't access them. This has a seriously damaging impact not just on their lives, but on the health and strength of their families and communities.
Occasionally, candidates for electoral office seem even less aware than the rest of the populace about what "democracy" means or ought to mean. Once in a while -- not often enough -- they pay a price at the polls for their obtuseness. This election was one such time.
The problem the Republican Party has with women is deep and costly. Their attacks on women's rights all add up to a widely perceived Republican War on Women that significantly influenced the outcome of the election by creating impactful gender gaps in many key races.
"I don't want to be a woman." I saw her face that evening and I think she was afraid. I think she imagined what it would feel like for someone else to be in charge of her body and she didn't like it -- it struck her as wrong. So her solution was to not become a woman.
If we had elected a "Personhood President," there would be cause for great concern. As we head into the next four years, expect this contingent to continue to attempt to make personhood, not Roe v Wade, the law of the land.
It is decidedly the economy, not something like abortion rights, but the question to ask isn't whether you base your vote on who will better handle the economy, it's should you base your vote on how you think a candidate will handle the economy.
There's no easier way to put it: a Romney-Ryan White House would be a disaster for women. From health care to equal pay for equal work, the GOP ticket has proven they're not interested in the well-being of America's women and -- in turn -- our families.
We should not wake up the day after an election worrying that our doctors will be driven out of practice or prevented from using their training and best medical judgment to provide the care that's right for us.
Supporting small business in America means supporting women business owners and workers, and planning the "when" and "if" of motherhood is important if women are to continue on with self-respect and sovereignty.
What could I say to my conservative father, at this 11th hour that might make him understand why I think Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are not just terrible options, but genuinely dangerous to me and his grandchildren?
Like children afraid of the vaccination needle, there are some people in this country who have not yet understood the long-term benefits they have reaped from Barack Obama's presidency. Let's hope enough people do realize it in time for this crucial election.
If we have Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock making laws about who can access contraception, and a Romney Supreme Court deciding what rights women are entitled to, we can all forget about the DeLorean. We're stuck.