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How Melissa Harris-Perry Is Sparking a National Conversation About Fertility and Family

Melissa Harris-Perry with her newborn daughter.

Melissa Harris-Perry’s recent announcement about the birth of her daughter via a surrogate, and the broader conversation about redefining family that she hopes to instigate, could help other women, particularly in communities of color, talk about aspects of their reproductive lives that have previously been little discussed.

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Love Thy Self Fiercely: How Self-Love Makes for Better Health Care

Self-love can help build the confidence that I and other Black women need when facing a medical industry that often doesn’t understand us.

Self-love can help build the confidence that I and other Black women need when facing a medical industry that often doesn’t understand us.

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Chronic Pain, and the Denial of Care for Black Women

Expedited partner therapy is now legal in Washington, D.C., thanks to the passage of Bill 20-343. It's a progressive step for a medical practice whose day is long overdue.

As long as stereotypes and racism get in the way of diagnosis and treatment, young women and women of color will continue to receive substandard care.

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Research Shows Philadelphia Failing UN Maternal and Infant Health Goals

Increasing support for family policy among lawmakers is encouraging—but what about the commitment of the private sector?

Philadelphia’s dire performance can be attributed to the collision of two major factors: widespread, profound poverty and a sharp reduction in the number of hospitals providing maternity care.

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Abortion Is Not Like Slavery, So Stop Comparing the Two

If abortion is like slavery—indeed, if abortion is the most divisive issue since slavery—then what of the women who suffered under slavery? What of the women who performed self-abortions in order to resist slavery? They cease to exist.

If abortion is like slavery—indeed, if abortion is the most divisive issue since slavery—then what of the women who suffered under slavery? What of the women who performed self-abortions in order to resist slavery? They cease to exist.

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Why Don’t More People Care About Black Maternal Deaths?

In September, 19-year-old Ayaanah Gibson (above) bled to death in her Benedict College dorm room after delivering a stillborn child.

What will it take to get people to recognize not just the racial disparity in death rates but the disparity in concern over U.S. Black women’s health and lives?

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Where the Safety Net Won’t Catch Us: How Obamacare Fails Black Women on Maternal Health

Black women in America are more likely than their white counterparts to experience poor pregnancy outcomes.

Even with the Affordable Care Act in place, Black women will still be plagued by the chronic stress that comes with simply being Black in the United States.

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It’s Time for a Black Feminist to Head the NAACP

The right woman could help the NAACP ensure that reproductive rights, as well as voting rights and civil rights, are couched as human rights.

The right woman could help the NAACP ensure that reproductive rights, as well as voting rights and civil rights, are couched as human rights.

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Saving The Boobies Will Not Save Me

Pink ribbons do not help bring awareness to the socioeconomic inequities connected to breast cancer; they commodify the disease and make it “sexy” under the guise of raising awareness.

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Worse Than Slavery? Group Claims Black Women’s Private Health Decisions Make Slavery Seem “Overly Generous”

Where’s the billboard that points out the failure to educate black children, the increasing achievement gap, and the increasing poverty rates and isolation of black children?

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