More Bad News About Abortion in Texas

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If you’ve been following the saga of recent legal challenges to Texas’ extreme anti-abortion laws, you’ll know that things have heated up in the last few weeks—and not in a good way. The state’s omnibus anti-abortion bill, HB2, includes a number of provisions designed to limit women’s access to reproductive care. Different parts of the […]

Surprise! Abortion Restrictions Are Bad for Women

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Anti-choice legislators introduce TRAP laws (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) and other restrictions on women’s access to abortion, saying they’re simply trying to protect women’s health and lives. Pro-choicers raise the red flag, pointing out that the safest bet for women is to be in control of their […]

What Happens if Your Health Plan Provider is Catholic?

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Reprinted with permission from Kaiser Health News. Read the original article here. Catholic and other religious hospitals and universities have been arguing in federal court for much of the past two years that they shouldn’t have to offer or facilitate birth control as part of their employee health plans because it violates their religious beliefs. But what […]

States Prescribe Bad Medicine for Women Seeking Abortions

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Days before senators testified on behalf of a bill to protect women’s health services, the National Partnership for Women and Families released a report detailing just how threatened these services are. Aptly titled “Bad Medicine,” the report focuses on a specific threat to women’s healthcare: laws restricting doctors’ professional discretion and mandating how abortions are […]

World Population Day: What Would Margaret Sanger Think of Hobby Lobby?

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Margaret Sanger and Gregory Goodwin Pincus knew there would be days like these. Two decisions in the past two weeks by the Supreme Court offer sharp reminders that while Americans and even American businesses have long embraced birth control, the law has not. Two weeks ago, the nation’s highest court struck down restrictions that had created […]

IUDs and Female Condoms: Woman Power!

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Intrauterine devices (IUDs)—contraceptives that prevent the fertilization of an egg or implantation of the egg in the uterus—have come under attack by the Supreme Court and the Ohio legislature recently. In the Hobby Lobby case, the Court ruled that a for-profit organization can use religious beliefs as an excuse to not cover certain contraceptives including IUDs, and […]

The Clock’s Ticking: Can We Still Meet U.N. Goals for Maternal and Child Health?

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As we approach the 2015 deadline for meeting the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals, adopted in 2000, there is increasing pressure to improve the work on behalf of goals four and five: combating child mortality and improving maternal health worldwide. To this end, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in collaboration with UNICEF, the […]

Two Women Legislators Try to Make Michigan Less Gynophobic

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Gynophobia: “Fear of or contempt for women.” Otherwise known as the disease currently plaguing the Michigan legislature. Insurance bans and fetal heartbeat requirements implemented over the course of the last year have made Michigan an increasingly toxic place for women seeking abortions. Thankfully, two state congressional representatives are pushing a bill that would at least make […]

Five Years Later: We’ll Never Forget Dr. George Tiller

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On May 31, 2009, the world lost one if it’s bravest and most caring physicians, Dr. George Tiller of Wichita, KS. The abortion provider, who was one of the few to perform late abortions, was murdered at his church by the extremist Scott Roeder. Here, we reprint a tribute to the good doctor from the […]

Around the World, Mother’s Day is a Call to Action

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Becoming a mother was not the blissed-out, exhilarating experience I thought it would be. It was painful, scary and the only time I have ever felt truly out of control. When I went to the hospital, I was expecting an “easy” birth. My pregnancy had not been particularly difficult, and I was slated to deliver […]