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Womens Reproductive Rights

The 'Inward Change' One Woman Experienced After Sharing Her Abortion Story

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 09.18.2014 | Women

Nine years after having an abortion, Amanda Englund decided to share her experience, and her life completely changed. In a conversation with HuffP...

City May Be First City To Oppose Sex-Selective Abortion Bans

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics

San Francisco Supervisor David Chiu (D) introduced a resolution this week that would make the city the first in the U.S. to formally oppose sex-select...

Why I Traveled To Ethiopia To Get My Birth Control

Joan Erakit | Posted 08.08.2014 | Women
Joan Erakit

The healthcare provider assured me that there was no need to make an appointment -- here at Mulu, patients came in and got family planning counseling services on a "walk in" basis. In addition, all family planning services and contraceptives were free. With the incentives mounting high and a full range of choices available, I could find no better place to start planning for my family.

Fighting Back Against 'Hobby Lobby'

Eric T. Schneiderman | Posted 09.16.2014 | New York
Eric T. Schneiderman

New York State has long been a leader in advancing women's equality, stretching back to the Seneca Falls Convention 166 years ago this weekend. Sadly, as we mark this important anniversary, hard-won victories by the women's rights movement are being threatened by a radical right wing that seeks to roll back the progress we've made.

In 2014, Still Not Independence Day for Women

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.06.2014 | Women
Irene Monroe

America's need to showcase her indomitable spirit of heroism this July 4th celebration arrives mired by the two recent Supreme Court -- both highlighting a "war against women."

Woman's Abortion Video Doesn't Sit So Well With Conservatives

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 05.07.2014 | Media

When Emily Letts found out she was pregnant last November she knew she would get an abortion. In an effort to help inform women facing a similar situa...

Women: Good News, Bad News

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 06.14.2014 | Women
Fran Moreland Johns

The years ahead could be not good times to be a woman. Childcare support? Abortion access? Equal pay? Contraception coverage? How we will fare in the years ahead -- those of us who are females of the species -- is an open question; and some of the answers being bandied about are not pretty.

NSFW: Topless Female Activists Storm Anti-Abortion Rally

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 03.26.2014 | World

Topless female activists, their faces smeared in black-and-white paint to look like skeletons, stormed a pro-life rally in Spain on Sunday. Five m...

It's Time to Talk

Sally Steenland | Posted 04.07.2014 | Religion
Sally Steenland

One might assume that to be religious is to be anti-choice -- and conversely, that one cannot be both a person of faith and a supporter of abortion care. But in reality, people of faith have long supported a woman's right to make the complex decision about whether to have a child.

Please Keep Your Fetal Recommendations to Yourself

Angela Hartlin | Posted 03.25.2014 | Women
Angela Hartlin

I'm not here to preach the multi-faceted pro-choice stance, but when I am taking the bus and look at this insulting ad, I feel like I am being judged for decisions I am lucky to have not ever been in the position to make.

Mark Ruffalo Speaks Out For Women's Rights

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

In honor of the the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade on Jan. 23, actor Mark Ruffalo shared a piece of his personal history in a short video and spoke a...

Mandatory Ultrasounds? They're Only Trying to Help...

Rick Horowitz | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

"We're on your side -- now roll over!" ...

Jennifer Bendery

Texas Abortion Bill Author Argued No Health Care For Unborn Because 'They're Not Born Yet'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Texas State Rep. Jodie Laubenberg (R), the author of the radically anti-abortion bill making its way through the Texas Legislature this ...

Texas Republican Links Rape Kits To Abortions

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

Amid a heated debate over a restrictive anti-abortion bill being pushed by Texas GOP lawmakers, one Republican argued that a proposed exemption for ra...

Women's Healthcare in Africa - An Urgent Monthly Need

Barry Segal | Posted 08.24.2013 | World
Barry Segal

Guest Blog Post by: Ashley Rogers [Kampala, Uganda] A few months ago, a certain girl in Lugazi, Uganda (let's call her Sara) told me, "I curse the da...

Laura Bassett

Eight Men Consider Bill To Restrict Women's Reproductive Rights

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 05.23.2013 | Politics

An all-male panel of House lawmakers considered a bill on Thursday that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy across the United States, with...

Weld County Renews Decision To Ban Plan B At Health Clinics

The Colorado Independent | John Tomasic | Posted 05.09.2013 | Denver

From The Colorado Independent's John Tomasic. Colorado’s Weld County Board on Monday renewed a 2010 policy that prevented county health clinics f...

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.

Praying the Rick Perry Away

Dan Treadway | Posted 04.01.2013 | Politics
Dan Treadway

If Perry's claim is correct, and God is strong where he is weak, unfortunately, I feel like I'm left with no other choice... So, Rick Perry's Interpretation Of God, I'd really appreciate it if you could help Texas out in a few areas in which the governor has proven himself to be considerably weak.

Women Spoke -- Will Lawmakers Listen?

Marcia D. Greenberger | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
Marcia D. Greenberger

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.

Promoting Public-Private Partnerships to Improve Women's Health

Leslie Mancuso, PhD, RN, FAAN | Posted 03.24.2013 | Impact
Leslie Mancuso, PhD, RN, FAAN

At the center of our global health partnerships are strategies and innovations to prevent the needless deaths of women and families, whether from childbirth, HIV/AIDS, malaria, infection or cervical cancer.

The Goal of Roe v. Wade

Kate Michelman | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics
Kate Michelman

On this fortieth anniversary, it is appropriate to ask if the promise of Roe v. Wade has been fulfilled. Has women's liberty and equality progressed as far as we hoped it would since Jan. 22, 1973?

A Turning Point on Women's Rights

Walden Bello | Posted 03.11.2013 | World
Walden Bello

Women throughout the world are on the march, but the struggle against sexual oppression and gender rights will continue to be a difficult one, where significant steps forward will be matched by occasional steps back.

Talking Politics With My Toddler

Liz Joynt Sandberg | Posted 01.07.2013 | Parents
Liz Joynt Sandberg

"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.

Despicable: Mourdock, Walsh and Akin

Merle Hoffman | Posted 12.25.2012 | Politics
Merle Hoffman

Now, the decision to have an abortion when faced with a life-threatening pre-pregnancy condition is a hard choice. Under President Romney, there would be no choice.