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Response to WaPo’s On Faith: The Morality of Abortion and the Need for Reproductive Justice

Abortion is morally defensible because women are the best arbiters of whether or not they are ready to bear a child, not because it is a way for society to prevent the births of babies perceived as undesirable. 

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The Up and Down Journey of Motherhood: Let’s Lift As They Climb

The author and her children.

Mother’s Day always makes me think about the up and down journey motherhood has been for me and many of the women I know. I had my first child at nineteen and I still don’t know how I made it. I worked two jobs, with the first one starting at five in the morning and the second one finishing at nine at night. I couldn’t afford full-time childcare, so I moved my son Danny between two part-time centers that weren’t as good as I hoped for but better than I could afford.

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When the Politics of Hate Comes Home: A Lesbian Couple Grapples with How Politics Affects Their Critically-Ill Child

Simon, Laura and author Jaime on their wedding day.

Jaime and Laura are a lesbian couple in California whose son suffers from a serious heart condition.  Without legal protections, their family would have suffered far more hardship than they did. Jaime addresses supporters of Prop 8 in a letter. 

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Point-Counter-Point: Is a Royal-Wedding-Watch Fun or Harmful to Little Girls?

Should a 4-year-old girl bombarded with princess mania watch the royal wedding? Two of our writers debate. 

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Don’t Judge Your Teen by Her Skinny Jeans

In a Wall Street Journal column, Jennifer Moses accuses teens of dressing like prostitutes and being more promiscuious than ever, and she blames their mothers. The good news for moms is that she’s wrong. 

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Will Washington Be First to Hold CPCs Accountable?

Washington may become first in the nation to establish statewide regulation of “Limited Service Pregnancy Centers,” ensuring women know exactly what they will – and won’t – get when seeking care.

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A Top Ten List of Resolutions for Parents Talking to Teens About Sex

Here are some suggestions on building a better bridge between you and your teen on sexuality issues…a top ten list for parents to hit it out of the park themselves in 2011.

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We All Love Babies. Not Everyone Loves the Women Who Bear Them.

Anti-choicers rely on two truisms–everyone loves babies but not everyone loves women–to erase public understanding of the intimate connection between reproductive freedom for women and the well-being of wanted children.

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What Being a Teen Mom Taught Me About Choice

At 18, I chose to carry my unintended pregnancy to term. Now conservatives are taking choices away from other women. On Mother’s Day, we need to celebrate but also stand for women to have the same right to choose I did.

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Drugs, Pregnancy and Parenting Part II: April 29, 2010

Across the country, politicians continue to use medical misinformation about drugs, pregnant women, and parents to justify new punitive laws and counterproductive state actions. On April 29, 2010, National Advocates for Pregnant Women, with New York University’s School of Law, and the NYU Silver School of Social Work will be hosting its second continuing education program to address the myths and misinformation that too often influence public policies concerning drug use, pregnant women and parents.

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