The bill was introduced early this year after the Center for Investigative Reporting found that women in California prisons were being sterilized under potentially illegal circumstances.
While national attention is focused on the police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, researchers and advocates in different cities across the country are pointing out the obvious—this problem is larger than one town.
The tragic shooting death of an unarmed Missouri teenager by a police officer is a wake-up call for advocates that police brutality is a reproductive justice issue.
Nationwide vigils for Michael Brown and other victims of police violence were a time for peaceful mourning, but not without moments of outrage.
Obama said that there is no excuse for violence against police or for vandalism and looting, but that there is also no excuse for using excessive force against peaceful protesters who are exercising their First Amendment rights.
The policy changes include a new payment plan option, expanded financial assistance, and measures to inform residents when their water may be turned off.
The Freedom Rides are a powerful symbol, but we—and Stop Patriarchy, which began an “Abortion Rights Freedom Ride” on July 30—should think deeply about what they mean in conversation with the history of abortion rights.
Dear Monica Simpson and colleagues, I want to be as clear as possible: Planned Parenthood values your work deeply. We honor your past and present efforts to broaden our collective efforts to address the multiple injustices that women face. We appreciate that you push us to do this more, and to do it better. And we hear you when you say that we are not doing enough.
The recent exclusion of the long-term work of scores of reproductive justice organizations, activists, and researchers that have challenged the “pro-choice” label for 20 years, seen recently in New York Times and Huffington Post articles, is not only disheartening but, intentionally or not, continues the co-optation and erasure of the tremendously hard work done by Indigenous women and women of color for decades.
The persistent focus on the links between “choice” and abortion—the origins of this relationship and some of its impacts—in no way fully expresses or honors the vision or the agenda of reproductive justice advocates.