When I hear or read people proclaiming their pro-life views on behalf of American unborn fetuses, my response is a bone-deep weariness. Cut to the recent comment trail in response to Erica Holloway's "Liberals Don't Own Women's Rights" Election 2012 post, which has spawned some discussion about reproductive rights and what they mean.
This post is written in response to some that I’ve read at my new favorite blog, Rage Against the Minivan.The idea here is that when we share our personal stories, we bring greater compassion and awareness to the unique issues that we individually face. Reading these posts made me think long and hard about my story. What one thing would I want to tell other women? What is it in my life that needs to be told?I want you to know about an epidemic called fistula. Not because it’s something that I am facing myself; I only became aware of it this year. But once you know, if you are like me, you will carry this story of heart break and tell it with passion....more
Don't let Yvette Mulongo's big brown eyes or soft-spoken voice fool you. She is one awesome woman, determined to change one of the most dangerous places to be a woman -- one girl at a time. Mulongo is a healthcare advocate from the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country known as the "ground zero of rape." Maternal death, lack of access to basic education and contraception, and a destructive disease called fistula are also commonplace in Mulongo's home country.
At the end of 2009, I breathed a sigh of relief. I was too young in the 1980s to experience the wrath of the backlash against feminist achievements, but the revival (and worse, implementation) of Reagan-era policies and ideas in the first decade of the 21st century shattered my faith in humanity. I know that the arrival of a new decade and political cycle doesn't mean that progress is back in terms of feminism and gender (history is a pretty good indication that another anti-woman, anti-gender equality shit storm will hit again), but at least the attack on women's rights and gender issues is not relentless right now.
Coverage of pregnant women under SCHIP.
And now, the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy, and Global Women's Issues.
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