Holy Matrimony: Catholic Institutions and The Fight For Birth Control Coverage

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

Republican Candidates Care About Privacy, Just Not Yours.

“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

Is It Enough? North Carolina Sterilization Victims To Be Compensated

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.

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Acts of Desperation: Violence Enacted, Violence Taken

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.

 

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Persephone Pioneers: Steph Herold

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