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Gag Me: From Texas to Tanzania, U.S. Politicians Are Meddling in Women’s Health

Last week, women in Texas and people all over the country stood up, raised their voices, and caused a major uproar over a bad policy that will hurt women in one state. It’s time to do the same for women and girls in developing countries.

The anti-choice maneuvers we’ve seen in Texas and elsewhere recently are the progeny of the Global Gag Rule, which has resulted in major losses of critical reproductive health services around the world. An act introduced in the House Thursday would permanently repeal the Gag Rule.

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Nevada State Assemblywoman Lucy Flores: Thank You for Speaking Out for Young Latinas

Assemblywoman Lucy Flores.

Your story, of your family struggling to make ends meet, and of the lack of education about sexual and reproductive health, is all too common for young Latinas all over this country—though it’s not always a story that is spoken of out loud.

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How to Engage Women in Maternal Newborn and Child Health Advocacy and Services

I have been asked to suggest how we constructively engage women in Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) issues as “more than patients”, so I have come up with six suggested steps that we might all take together to achieve success.

I have been asked to suggest how we constructively engage women in Maternal Newborn and Child Health issues as “more than patients,” so I have come up with six suggested steps that we might all take together to achieve success.

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Hillary Clinton Defends Reproductive Rights and Family Planning

An oldie but a goodie: (Now former) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responds to a question about the role of the U.S. government in supporting access to safe abortion, contraception, maternal health care, and education abroad with a vigorous defense of reproductive rights and family planning.

 

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Many Women Aren’t Using the Best Birth Control Method for Them—And it’s Not Their Fault

When women are given the tools to identify the contraceptive method that best fits their lifestyle and goals, they are more likely to be satisfied and continue using the method correctly.

Imperfect contraceptive use has often been positioned as a failure on the part of patients. But it could equally be viewed as a predictable consequence of women not being supported in choosing the best method for them.

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Family Planning Is Key to Healthy Pregnancies and Births

It is crucial to protect and invest in the programs that are needed to ensure that all women, regardless of income or background, can access the affordable care they need to have healthier pregnancies and births.

According to a new report, the United States has the highest first-day death rate in the industrialized world. Addressing this and related problems will require comprehensive efforts to reduce pervasive economic, social, and health disparities.

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Justice Doesn’t Just Happen: Feminist Activists Were Essential to EC Ruling

Local activists just launched a campaign urging against the retention of Judge Teresa Carr Deni in Philadelphia municipal court in next week’s general election.

What did it really take for a Reagan-appointed federal judge to make one of the most critical reproductive justice rulings of the year, possibly the decade?

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My Right to Choose My Daughter Made Me the Confident Woman I Am Today

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In a strange turn of events and circumstance—being pregnant at 15—I found I suddenly had my life in my own hands. Finally people wanted to know what I wanted. Four days before my sixteenth birthday I became a teen mom, by my own choice.

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Stand With Planned Parenthood and the Women of Texas

Planned Parenthood stands with Texas women and against the Texas politicians trying to restrict women’s access to preventive health care, including breast and cervical cancer screenings, HIV tests, and birth control.

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State Funding Cuts and Anti-Choice Policies Cited for Closure of Four Wisconsin Planned Parenthood Clinics

Planned Parenthood rally in Wisconsin, March 2012.

As a result of anti-choice policies and budget cuts, four clinics providing health care to low income and rural Wisconsin patients will close.

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