The inquest into the death of Savita Halappanavar concluded in Galway last week with a verdict of medical misadventure. The day of the verdict would have been her 5th wedding anniversary. Continue reading
Details of one report into Savita Halappanavar’s death point to medical mistakes and legal issues.
“When people think they are fundamentally broken, it affects their freedom to choose.” -Mama Be Good
Late last month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, backed by the Obama Administration, announced that all health insurance providers were required to include prescription birth control in their preventive health coverage. Kathleen Sebelius, who was still suffering major criticism for her December Plan B decision, decreed that all health insurance providers must give women access to preventive care services, as well as birth control, with the exception of houses of worship. As you can imagine, the decision has not been received easily. Continue reading
“We are seeing a Republican primary that is absolutely a race to the bottom for women, where they are trying to outdo themselves on who would be the worst president for women.”- Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood
Unless you have lived under a rock for the past few years, you’re more than likely to be aware of the maneuvers most conservative candidates will pull to ensure a couple of votes. While stunts usually shift in cultural fashion over the years, one issue always remains in the spotlight of these campaign promises: the hopeful overturn and restriction of Roe v. Wade. Continue reading
I just want it to be over. I just want it to be over. - Elaine Riddick, sterilization survivor.
Among the ugliest and perhaps most underreported incidents in the fight for reproductive access and justice is forced sterilization. The practice, which began out of the eugenics movement to “weed out” bad genes, turned into a powerful tool used to forcefully enact racist, sexist, and ableist sterilization against many communities.
We don’t kill our children. We love our children. We fight for our children. But we believe in fighting for our children not just through the 9 months to make sure that a woman’s right to birth justice is ensured. We want to make sure that women have the necessary support to be good parents. That schools are funded. That health care is offered. That women and families are raised out of poverty to be effective mothers, family members, and at large, a community. - Heidi Williamson, National Advocacy Coordinator for SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective.
Steph Herold is just one voice out of many. As the creator and founder of The Safe Abortion Project, as well as the now well-known site I Am Dr. Tiller, Herold provides a space that allows people to speak on their experiences working in abortion clinics by taking on the moniker of the late Dr.Tiller, who was murdered by an anti-abortion activist while attending church in 2009. Continue reading
“All these years I’ve stayed at home, while you had all your fun. And every year that’s gone by, another baby’s come. There’s a gonna be some changes made, right here on nursery hill. You’ve set this chicken your last time, ’cause now I’ve got the Pill.” – Loretta Lynn, “The Pill” Continue reading
What do these things have in common: secretly driving a van filled with photocopiers around Dublin; removing the back pages from magazines; and the letters A, B, C, D, and X?
After hearing some first-hand stories from campaigners recently, I decided, for my own education (and yours, hopefully!) to do a brief history of reproductive rights in the Republic of Ireland.
Dear Planned Parenthood,
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Earlier this week signified the second anniversary of when Dr. George Tiller was shot and killed as he served as an usher in his weekly church service. His murderer, Scott Roeder, an anti-abortion activist, who had been waiting outside of Tiller’s church, shot him as Tiller handed out community bulletins to church members. Continue reading