Category: Reproductive Rights

Linda Gordon: Why Is Birth Control Still So Controversial

For most people, the ability to plan and choose family size was a necessity of modern life. Why then are Americans still fighting about this?

Katie Mcdonough: Criminalizing Pregnancy

Mallory Loyola was arrested and charged with simple assault two days after giving birth to her daughter

Katha Pollitt: Where Will the Slippery Slope of ‘Hobby Lobby’ End?

It’s not reassuring that a CEO’s views of a fertilized egg get deference today, but workers’ contraceptive coverage is left to the fates

Sarah Lazare: Southern States Crushing Women’s Right to Choose

As bill slashing abortion access passes Louisiana legislature, critics warn ‘women and families will pay price’

Dave Zirin: Men on the Edge of Panic

Boomer Esiason, Mike Francesa and Toxic Masculinity

Rachael Ferguson: Reproductive Rights in Crisis Across Europe

Europe’s austerity drive is deepening gender inequality and sparking a new wave of attacks on women’s reproductive rights

Laurie Penny: Spain’s War On Abortion About Austerity

Attacking women’s rights isn’t just a diversion tactic. It’s a bid for votes from cultural conservatives

Emily Achtenberg: For Abortion Rights in Bolivia, A Modest Gain

The TCP ruling is the latest in a growing trend of judicial and legislative actions that are reducing barriers to legal abortion in Latin America

Katie Mcdonough: Fetal Pain Is A Lie: How Phony Science Took Over The Abortion Debate

Since Nebraska first jump-started the trend back in 2010, close to a dozen state legislatures across the country have passed laws banning abortion at 20 weeks. Most of these restrictions are given grave-sounding titles like the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” or some near-identical riff on the words “fetal,” “pain” and “protection.” All of them, no Read more…

Grace McGee: Struggles In The South Of The US Against Reactionary Legislation

“Young women need to know that abortion rights and abortion access are not presents bestowed or retracted by powerful men (or women) – presidents, Supreme Court justices, legislators, lobbyists – but freedoms won, as freedom always is, by people struggling on their own behalf.” -Katha Pollitt Since 2011, Republicans nationwide have demonstrated their devotion to Read more…

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