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.
Sarah Stoesz writes in her reader diary that a recent Gallup Poll appears to find more Americans than ever identifying as “pro-life.” But experience shows that such labels as “pro-life” and “pro-choice” are dated and drive wedges.
The South Dakota measure to criminalize abortion was defeated by 10 points. The campaign responsible for challenging the ban used messaging much of the national pro-choice movement might not agree with. How does a state in which most voters identify as pro-life defeat an abortion ban?
More on FOCA and Obama; South Dakotans took the common ground on abortion; take action on the HPV vaccine requirement for immigrant women; personal takes on surrogacy and adoption.
Even with victories on anti-choice initiatives, and even with this election, individual state legislatures remain dangerous arenas in which we struggle to preserve every woman’s rights.
The leadership of Barack Obama in the United States of America is good for Native people, and you can sure as hell bet that a whole lot of us voted for him, and are counting on him to really care about the issues we are facing.
Reproductive rights are about nothing less than the ability to make decisions about love, sex, and family without government interference or discrimination. That means marriage equality is a cornerstone of reproductive justice.
Voters definitively beat back anti-choice ballot initiatives on November 4, but opponents of legal abortion say they’ll be back for another round. What can women’s health advocates do to build up support before the next round of attacks?
Despite the anti-abortion movement’s best efforts, Americans in three states voted to protect pregnant women and their physicians from interference by the government.
In Colorado, South Dakota, Washington, California and Michigan voters refused to put the government between Americans and their private life decisions.