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Will I Ever Have a Choice?

There will always be a part of me that is fond of “choice,” such as the part of me that believes in the reproductive justice movement. But the part of me that must endure seeing my sisters denied access, or scrutinized for using the resources they do have, knows that choice is only for a few.

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Lifting our Glasses to Abortion Rights: Cheers and Jeers from the Year

Our partners in Africa, Asia and Latin America have demonstrated courage, stamina, creativity, and resilience in the face of fierce opposition, guided by the conviction that no woman is free unless she has the right to make decisions about her own body. And, like any movement for social justice, the movement for safe abortion internationally has seen its ups and downs. But today as we celebrate the 37th anniversary of Roe, we must all recognize the importance of the ongoing movement for abortion rights worldwide, a movement that will require the dedicated efforts and support of women and men for years to come.

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What Do Focus on the Family, Sarah Palin, and the Abortion Care Network Have in Common? Choice

On this 37th anniversary of Roe, I call on us to transform this
conversation. I call on us to stand tall so that the provision of abortion services in the United States is a model of care for the rest of the world. I call on us to ask our patients not just to care about themselves–but, as we do, to care about the women who come after them.

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The Positive Meaning and Value of “Choice”

Choice is a central component of the rational human being. It is especially important that we assert it for women whose choices are constrained by circumstances along with efforts to increase the circumstances that give women more choices.

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VBAC: A Modern Frontier for Choice Advocates

More and more women are being refused the right to give birth on their own terms as more and more hospitals ban women from VBACs. Choice means that a woman must have the freedom and support to compare the risks of VBAC and the risks of cesarean surgery.

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Securing Real Choices Means Going Beyond “Choice”

I fervently identified as pro-choice. However, how I define abortion rights is not as simple as being pro-choice. At the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, we are faced with talking about abortion rights within the broader context of women’s real lives.

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There is No Choice Without Knowledge

There are some decisions which can be only me made by us as individuals. These are inviolable personal choices. These are the decisions about our sexuality and how we will express it, about our bodies and what we will and will not do with them. But to make these personal choices, we need knowledge.

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Another Busy Year: State Legislative Trends on Reproductive Health and Abortion in 2009

More than 900 measures on reproductive health and rights were introduced in the states and the District of Columbia in 2009, and by year’s end, 77 new laws had been enacted in 34 states and DC. (This is more than twice the 33 new laws enacted in 20 states in 2008.)

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Raped? Human Life Alliance Says Birthing Your Attacker’s Child is the Only Way to Heal

The Human Life Alliance college ad campaign tells victims of rape and incest that carrying their attacker’s/abuser’s baby will “help them heal.”

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Celebrating Choice: The New Fad Among Anti-Choicers

When anti-choicers celebrate choice, in their disingenuous fashion, they give outsiders an easy opportunity for sacrifice-free moral self-righteousness.

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