Young Lakota chronicles the story of Cecelia Fire Thunder, who, after South Dakota passed the nation’s most restrictive abortion measure in 2006, proposed what seemed to be a neat workaround: open an abortion-providing Planned Parenthood on her property on the Oglala Lakota reservation.
As a young person from the same Native American communities as my students, I find it more and more culturally relevant that our younger generation educate each other.
It is an outrage that not only may it be difficult to physically access Plan B but also lack of information regarding emergency contraceptives can serve as an obstacle for young women who have been sexually assaulted.
A bill to help law enforcement investigate sexual assaults and other crimes on Native American land is passed despite the objections of many Republicans.
If we’re going to do health care reform we need to do it right — lest we expand the historic failure of government-provided healthcare for Native Americans nationwide.
The far right has been waging a war against sex education, contraception and family planning for decades, More than 100 members of congress write Bush on HHS proposal, New gag rule for Indian Health Services, Family planning in the Phillipines, HIV/AIDS in the US South.
Passage of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act has been delayed by anti-abortion politicians, who have proposed restrictions on abortion funding that would discriminate against Native American women.
The Senate last week approved an amendment to an Indian health care bill that would permanently prohibit the use of federal dollars to fund abortions for Native Americans except in rare cases. The move has prompted an outcry from women’s health advocates and from tribal groups.
The Senate today passed a bill that would severely limit funding for abortion within the Indian Health Services (IHS). But the ban, introduced by anti-choice Sen. David Vitter, would result in no change to current IHS policy.