“We are at a tipping point. On one hand, we have the 25th anniversary initiatives and global health, feminist and social justice movements. On the other, we have the in-built systemic inequities and legislative obstacles these movements face.”
Over the last four years, the Trump administration has committed horrific human rights violations against migrants to the United States. “The uterus collector” is what detained migrant women call the gynecologist working at the Irwin County Detention Center.
The biases of poverty, sex and race have always motivated reproductive policing.
The U.S. needs a reproductive justice bill of rights—because without it, we continue to risk the gravest atrocities carried out with the official endorsement of the state on women and girls in the United States.
Immigrant women at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia, with little to no knowledge of the medical procedure, were forced to undergo unwanted hysterectomies.
The United States has an ugly, and often hidden history of forced sterilization of immigrants, people of color, indigenous women, and anyone else seen as “unfit,” and therefore expendable, by the powers that be.
A new study found that when states expanded Medicaid eligibility, pregnant people were less likely to lose health insurance postpartum. That’s a big deal, experts said.
Dr. Fozia Alvi, a Canadian physician and humanitarian, is helping fight COVID-19 in the world’s largest refugee camp, where lack of resources and illiteracy exacerbate the disease’s transmission.
Alvi creates COVID-19 teams that go into the Cox’s Bazar refugee camp in Bangladesh to test and treat COVID among the displaced Rohingya, who number about one million.
Whew! Yet another surreal week has flown by us all—which means we have a healthy dose of updates on the ever-present COVID-19 pandemic, as well as an extensive run down of new revelations in reproductive health and policy; including a long-overdue increase in funding for endometriosis research.
The Helms Amendment—named for the late, self-proclaimed bigot, Senator Jesse Helms (R-N.C.)—prohibits U.S. aid for pregnancy terminations. It’s time to repeal the Helms Amendment and replace it with sound policy that supports full reproductive healthcare access. That is what women abroad deserve: our respect.
Rep. Jan Schakowksy (D-Il) introduced a bill to repeal the Helms Amendment which prohibits US foreign aid from being used for abortion services.
The recent June Medical Services vs. Russo decision safeguarded the right to abortion access for vulnerable communities in Louisiana—but it was a small victory in the larger battle for abortion rights and access. Ms. talked to Pearl Ricks, Executive Director of the Reproductive Justice Action Collective, about the June Medical decision and the gatekeeping of abortion in the U.S.—and who it affects most.
“People in the South want to be able to access abortions—whether they ever get one in their lives or not. But who are the louder voices? Who are the ones most adamantly going out and voting?”