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I Was Raped: Figuring Out What Happened and Why It Felt Wrong (*TRIGGER WARNING*)

Photo: Demotix.

If I heard this story about anyone else, even then, I would have zero hesitation in applying the label “rape.” But at the time, and for a long time afterword, I was unable to view my own rape for what it actually was.

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

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

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Abortion Stigma is Simply Discrimination: Here Is How We Get Rid of It

Worldwide, roughly 43 million women have an abortion each year. Yet these same women face stigma, a form of social control used to dehumanize, devalue, and isolate them. Providers are grappling with effective ways to reduce abortion stigma.

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Evidence-Based Advocacy: Expanding Our Thinking About “Repeat” Abortions

We should understand women who have had multiple abortions through their individual life experiences rather than judging them based on their pregnancy history. 

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Evidence-Based Advocacy: What Do Low-Income Women Think About Public Funding for Abortion?

We know what we think about the Hyde Amendment. But what do women who are on Medicaid, the very people who are most affected by Hyde, think about the restrictions it places on their insurance coverage?

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Have We Evolved in Our View of Transgender People?

Twenty states now have laws prohibiting gender discrimination against LGBT people. However, that still means that 30 states do not.

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Evidenced-Based Advocacy: (Mis)-Understanding Abortion Regret

When we rely on a relief/regret dichotomy to define women’s emotional experiences after their abortions, we leave little room for the complexity inherent in women’s reproductive lives.

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Why are Human Rights so Central to the AIDS Response in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and Everywhere Else?

Steve Forrest/©IAS.

We will only be able to get people into treatment early, and retain them in treatment, if we finally move from rhetoric to real action on HIV and human rights.

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Stay Out of My Bedroom: Women of Color Have the Right to Decide If and When to Parent

If you happen to be a woman of color, you simply don’t have any business that is your own, as far as society is concerned. The Jezebel and Welfare Queen stereotypes shape the responses you receive from others when you have a belly full of baby. So, the next time someone asks me how many more babies I’m going to have, I will have to respond with a “Girllllll, stay out my bedroom.”

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The MARIA Fund: Supporting Women’s Access to Abortion in Mexico

Five years after Mexico City decriminalized first-trimester abortion, the MARIA Fund helps women from other parts of Mexico to access safe abortion care. You can help them.

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