The past week had a lot of conservative posturing about the importance of motherhood. But if you look at their policy ideas — especially around reproductive rights — you’ll realize they don’t think much of motherhood after all.
Once again we will get to see which anti-choice Republicans hate more, Planned Parenthood or abortions.
Last March, a landmark maternal health petition was filed in Uganda, aimed at holding the government accountable for the deaths of two women in childbirth. It garnered global media attention at the time, yet five months into the process momentum has stalled. When will it be time to women to take the front seat?
The same Governor who signed the “fetal pain” bill will be using the same pen to veto the legislation reversing the policy whose effects will hurt wanted, pain capable infants. The mothers of these wanted infants will experience their baby’s deaths prior to their first birthdays, as American infants residing on American soil.
You may recall that Jamie Lynn Spears shocked her fans in 2007 when she announced that she was pregnant. This week, Jamie Lynn has an essay in Glamour Magazine describing her experiences, and it’s really worth reading.
Should young women who aren’t ready to have children have their eggs extracted and frozen as an “insurance policy” for future motherhood? Several recent media features seem to be promoting egg freezing, with little or no mention of the risks involved for women who undergo egg retrieval procedures or for the children that might be born as a result.
The prosecution of drug use in pregnant women does nothing to fulfill a legitimate policy goal and in fact seems to be racially motivated—at least in the implementation—rather than spurred by a concern for children.
Would you chose external gestation if you could? What do artificial wombs mean for reproductive rights – including abortion, equality and the role of women in society? The moral, ethical, legal and societal consequences are profound and we are unprepared for them.
A new law passed in the dead of night by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff violates all women’s right to privacy by creating compulsory registration to control and monitor her reproductive life.
As the Massachusetts Legislature considers this year’s crop of criminal justice reform bills, one that has not gotten much attention is a measure to ensure proper treatment of pregnant women in jail and prison.