Next year, CHOICES Memphis Center for Reproductive Health will open the first non-profit clinic in the U.S. providing both birth and abortion services under the same roof.
(So do students in schools across the country.)
Grassroots, intersectional, women-led movements have never been more critical to advancing the global gender justice agenda.
I am privileged to help my patients plan their pregnancies and their lives to whatever they can dream up. But I have found that simply promoting contraception does not address the complex role it has in our lives, and unfortunately that can be coercive.
Today, Representatives Lois Frankel and Barbara Lee, alongside 36 members of Congress, introduced a resolution calling for the U.S. government to recommit to its recognition of reproductive rights as human rights.
The girl who came to the rural health center in Jocotán was only 13. I cannot forget her face. Her eyes were wide with terror and shame. Her voice trembled when she finally got up the nerve to speak, and then she collapsed, crying. She was pregnant. She had no idea how it had happened. It seems incredible, but nobody had ever explained to her how her body worked.
The United States District Court in New York City issued a thorough and forceful decision Wednesday striking down the Trump administration’s recently-adopted “conscience exemption” policy granting broad rights for anyone working in the health care industry to refuse reproductive health care to women, even in emergency situations when a woman’s life is in danger.
Sex education can be a life-saving and-changing form of violence prevention. I want this—not just for my daughters, but for all young people like them. And I’m not alone.
The Internet’s power to foster safe communities and help educators provide free and easily accessible information about sexuality is great. I’m glad resources exist for people who need them, especially in the current landscape where sex ed is so politicized. But online resources shouldn’t be a stand-in for bad sex ed policies.
In partnership with Trojan, Advocates for Youth today will erect a 20-foot activist billboard covered in chewed-up gum speaking truth to power. “You Are Not Chewed Gum,” it will read. “Information Is the Best Protection.”