In recognizing rights, the Court is not "creating" them. It's simply acknowledging that they were always there, even if we haven't always lived up to our principles and recognized them, as clearly we have not.
What people do in their bedrooms shouldn't be the public's business. Women should have rights over their own bodies. Same-sex couples should be allowed to marry. But what powerful people do in their boardrooms is the public's business.
That social disconnect between the rhetoric of the woman's liberation movement and the realities of suburban life led me to wonder about women across the country who were also beginning to change traditional roles. As a journalist I I had to find out.
C. Everett Koop will be remembered fondly, not because he compromised his commitment to Christian morality, but because he refused to compromise on some Christian commitments in service to other ones. In doing so, he provided a model example of Christian political engagement.
Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique -- published 50 years ago this week -- catalyzed the modern feminist movement and catapulted its author into becoming an influential and controversial public figure.
As a writer, I've always turned to the written word to piece together the ways of the world, and to better understand myself and others. I knew that in this matter, it would be no different -- I would write a book that got to the heart of a decision that polarizes so many of us.
Tuesday, January 22 marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark court decision on abortion and women's sexual health, but at DePaul University, that day will be remembered very differently.
While Roe v. Wade guaranteed that abortion was legal in America, the last four decades have been a struggle to ensure access to that right. As clergy, I see this problem with a pastoral eye. How is it just to deny a woman access to a constitutionally-protected right simply because she is poor?
This week I spoke to Sasha Ahuja of Planned Parenthood Action NYC on 40 years of Roe v. Wade and women's rights and health today. Then actress Aedin Moloney of Fallen Angel Theatre Company told us about the fantastic play, Airswimming by Charlotte Jones.
As we reflect on a week characterized by a celebration of choice, a dedication to tackling climate disruption, and the attempt of some to "march for life," let us not forget the real marches for life made every day by women across the globe.
To paraphrase actor-activist Alec Baldwin, you know your country is in trouble when people ask, 'Did the rape guy win?' and you have to respond, 'Which one?' The candidates' offensive and absurd comments should not be laughed off as an aberration.
I celebrate Roe v. Wade proudly as a Muslim woman. I deeply hope that more Muslim women and men will do the same with me, refusing to accept blanket, unfounded statements about religious or Islamic opposition to abortion.
Many American Catholics took exception to this decision and have engaged in four decades of political action to reverse this outcome. There might have been a time when this strategy was viable. No longer.
Today's religion reads: A Catholic hospital says that a fetus is not a person, secular groups examine gender divides in their communities, the priest of the "cross lobby" gets his day in in the spotlight, and Pope Benedict XVI tells us that social media is the real thing.
What's the relationship between gun control, religion and views on abortion? A new survey sheds some light, while a Washington, D.C. minister vows to continue his fight against gun violence through forging a "cross lobby" for gun control.