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What the Women For (and Against) Herman Cain Revealed

Herman Cain’s campaign went beyond traditional sexism in politics and political reporting, and  beyond traditional victim-blaming and skepticism, in part because the campaign enrolled women to attack other women. Cain might be out of the race, but the Women For Herman Cain are not. Their votes are as much in play as ever, and I don’t know that there’s much that progressives can do to change their minds.

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Getting to Zero on HIV and AIDS Means Investing in Supportive Services

This year, the theme of World AIDS Day is “Getting to Zero: Zero New HIV Infections. Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS Related Deaths.” In order to get to zero, we must be clear that now is not the time to cut back on essential services, even in the face of fiscal austerity.

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The Other Side of Reproductive Justice: How Sterilization and Other Forms of Coercion Are Used Against “Unworthy” Parents

Coercive sterilizations and castration are at the extreme end of a spectrum that also includes criminal sanctions for drug use during pregnancy and barring LBGT individuals from in-vitro fertilization services and adoption, as well as a host of other policies geared at making pregnancy and parenting difficult for those deemed unworthy.

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First-Ever Legal Challenge to Jamaica’s Anti-Gay Laws

Photo from Jamaica's first publicly-staged Gay Pride Parade, 04/08/10. Image Source

AIDS-Free World has presented a first-ever legal challenge to Jamaica’s anti-gay laws, by filing a petition at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on behalf of two gay men whose names are being withheld to protect their safety.

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The Hyde Amendment at 35: Lessons for Activists

Rep. Henry Hyde

September 30th is the 35th “anniversary” of the Hyde Amendment. Hyde’s legacy is that pitted women of different economic classes against each other, and resulted in a pattern of trading reproductive health care for other health coverage.

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Kansas Governor Brownback Goes to Texas… To Pray for a U.S. Theocracy

Governor Brownback’s religious convictions are more than just a statement of personal theology. They represent policies he promotes under his administration. And these policies are policies of forced motherhood, elimination of  abortion access and endangering the lives of women. 

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Michele Bachmann’s Miscarriage and the Miscarriage of Justice

If the personal is political, it seems it would extend that women’s own experiences with miscarriage would lead to sympathy for those facing similar losses.  But as Bachmann talks about her miscarriage, she promotes policies that result in miscarriages of justice.

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Reducing Abortion Stigma: Problems and Strategies

What a new study suggests about reducing abortion stigma.

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How Criminalization and Stigmatization Perpetuates the AIDS Epidemic

HIV testing represents one of the most potent weapons in the fight against HIV. Yet too many individuals who may be at risk of infection continue to avoid testing. This reluctance to test is driven in part by the pervasiveness of HIV stigma.

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Bodily Autonomy, Abortion and Orange Drink: Or, What I Learned In Youth Group

I spent my formative years believing my body, my life and my choices were not my own, but a kind of joint property between myself, God, my parents and my church friends and family. As such, my body and my behavior was up for discussion and judgment. Is it any wonder then, that I’m afraid, as a single woman, to be pregnant?

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