The Huge Silence in Reproductive Health for Adolescent Girls

The leading cause of death for young women between ages 15 and 19 worldwide is pregnancy, with 85 percent of these pregnancies being unplanned. This statistic is outrageous, and the situation does not need to remain this way. ...more
Both boys and girls definitely deserve access but I wonder if the parents also need something ...more

Trust Women: Save Reproductive Health Clinics in Kansas

Harassment by both anti-choice legislation and extremist terrorism has lead to the closure of all but three reproductive health clinics in Kansas that offer abortions. Now many women have to drive hours to reach one of the few remaining places to get any abortion procedure. It's a barrier to access that anti-choicers use to undermine a woman's right to control her own body upheld by Roe v. Wade -- and for many Kansas women, it means that they cannot, in reality, exercise their reproductive rights. ...more
That is the key: TRUST women, to make the right decisions.more

Open Season on Abortion Providers in South Dakota (and on Women Everywhere)

Grab your weapons and camo, abortion foes, because it is hunting season in South Dakota. I found out about it through Facebook. My (generally non-political) friend's status read, "Have we gone COMPLETELY insane?" and she linked to a Mother Jones story about a bill under consideration in South Dakota that would re-define the murder of abortion providers as "justifiable homicide." ...more
Abortion is never safe and by the very nature of its evil it can never be legal.more

How Does Health Reform Affect You NOW? (Part 3 of 3)

Obtaining health insurance in the current market is particularly difficult for young adults since many health insurers drop dependents from their parents' plans once they turn 19, or graduate from high school or college. Add to this the fact that many twenty-somethings are beginning their careers in low-paying, entry-level jobs which do not provide health care benefits, and it’s easy to see why nearly one in three young adults is uninsured. However, with the passage of the health reform bill, this statistic is set to change. ...more

Better, but not perfect. I am glad that those out of college can extend their coverage on their ...more

How Does Health Reform Affect You NOW? (Part 2 of 3)

Let me be clear: Had I been a member of Congress, I would have pressed the “yes” lever for the health reform bill when it came down to the vote for final passage. It was incredibly important that we start somewhere to make health care accessible and affordable to all Americans. And we can celebrate, as Ms. magazine recounts in “What the Health Care Bill Means for Women,” that contraceptives will be covered, gender rating that discriminates against women has been eliminated and preventive services such as pap smears will be covered without co-pay under the new plan. But sometimes when you win, you lose. ...more

...most (too many, at least) "pro-lifers" want people (i.e. WOMEN) to "take responsibility" for ...more

Addressing Crisis by Investing in Women

By Thoraya Ahmed Obaid None of the crises we face today -- whether it is the food crisis, the water crisis, the financial crisis or the crisis of climate change -- can be managed unless greater attention is paid to population issues. ...more

Environmental Chemical Exposure Endangers Reproductive Health

By Deborah Ortiz Maybe you have read about “endocrine disruptors” and filed it away as an “environmental issue.” These endocrine disruptor chemicals are found in common consumer products such as pesticides, fertilizers and cleaning chemicals, and are a serious reproductive health issue as well. They have been linked to fertility problems, early puberty in children, poor birth outcomes and certain reproductive cancers. ...more

Where Common Ground Gets Shaky

First, please read for yourself Rachel Laser's "Conceiving Common Ground" over at the website RHRealityCheck (btw, if you don't already have RHRC on your bookmarked blog list, do it now; they provide exellent information and provocative ...more

This Is What Winning an Election Does

Madam Chair, I am honored to be here today to express the renewed and deep commitment of the United States Government to the goals and aspirations of the ICPD Program of Action. President Obama, Secretary of State Clinton, and Ambassador Rice as well as the United States Congress, have already acted strongly to support women’s and young people’s health, human rights, and empowerment; global partnership; and the wider development agenda embraced by the Program of Action. ...more