· · · · · 

The Bishops Do Not Speak for All Catholics

The U.S. Catholic bishops want to be known as the champions of the poor and struggling. But they're happy to block services to the needy to further their anti-contraception agenda.

I do not believe that people—especially Catholics—in either the Philippines or Ireland want our elected officials to bend a knee to the will of the bishops when it comes to reproductive health.

· · · · · 

How Can a ‘Pro-Life’ Legislator Fight to Gut SNAP?

The attack against SNAP failed, but it is perhaps the latest example of why a legislator’s claim to be "pro-life" simply cannot hold water when he also views critical programs that aid children as expendable.

The House sponsor of the recently failed Farm Bill has a deep commitment to fetuses. His commitment to children? Not so much.

· · · · · 

One Lesson From Texas: Legal Abortion Means Nothing Without Access

The legal right to an abortion means nothing to a person who can’t get to the clinic, the person who can’t speak the language spoken in the clinic, the person who doesn’t have enough money to pay for it, the person who doesn’t have the documentation required.

Wendy Davis and SB 5′s opponents know: The legal right to an abortion means nothing to the person who can’t get to a clinic, the person who can’t speak the language spoken in a clinic, the person who doesn’t have enough money to pay for an abortion, and the person who doesn’t have the required documentation.

· · · · · 

Evidence-Based Advocacy: Poverty, Adoption, and Inequality in Perspective

How do the intersections between adoption, poverty, race, and class play out today? 

· · · · · 

The Girl Effect: The Potential of Pakistani Human Rights Defender Malala Yousafazi and Others Like Her

Press reports of the attack on Malala Yousafazi are focused on religious extremism and the Taliban’s crushing hold on some regions in Pakistan. I want to focus not only on Malala but also on how educating  girls, one by one, can change the world.

· · · · · 

Rape Exceptions? Many Women in the United States Are Already Living That Nightmare [TRIGGER]

“Abortion exceptions” are human rights violations and bad public health policy. Any administration that banned abortion “with exceptions” would force every single woman who needs an abortion to live a nightmare scenario: hope that you qualify and can actually get an abortion, or be denied access altogether. Today, all over the country, many women are already living that nightmare.

· · · · · 

Child Support Awareness Month: Why Helping ‘Deadbeat Dads’ Is Part of the Solution

A few small public programs throughout the country are helping poor fathers who are interested in achieving financial independence and, at last, crawling out from under the albatross of child support arrears.

· · · · · 

Child Support Awareness Month: Time to Advocate for a New Enforcement Framework for Impoverished Fathers

A new Treasury Department rule  brings to light the tension between helping single mothers support their children while also ensuring poor debtors are not rendered economically helpless by enforcement provisions.

· · · · · 

How Governments and Individuals — Meaning Each of Us — Deny the Persistence of Racism and Abuse

I have lately become acutely aware of a depressing trend: the denial of abuse – whether the issue is torture, forced evictions, or garden-variety employment discrimination – amongst those of us who should know better. Of course, we don’t call it denial. We call it “realism.” But the mechanism is the same.

· · · · · 

Preventing Sexually Transmitted Infections: The Power is Yours to Take Charge of Your Health

STIs affect people of all races, ages, and sexual orientations, though some individuals experience greater challenges in protecting their health. When individual risk behaviors are combined with barriers to quality health information and STI prevention services, the risk of infection increases. Increasing access to testing is key.

· · · · ·