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Getting to Zero on HIV and AIDS Means Investing in Supportive Services

This year, the theme of World AIDS Day is “Getting to Zero: Zero New HIV Infections. Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS Related Deaths.” In order to get to zero, we must be clear that now is not the time to cut back on essential services, even in the face of fiscal austerity.

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It’s Not About the Egg/Zygote/Embryo/Fetus: Re-claiming the Abortion Debate

Up until the latter half of the twentieth century, arguments against abortion focused primarily on enforcing traditional gender roles for women, not on “saving babies.” We need to reclaim the debate by focusing on women.

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A Different Kind of Sidewalk Counseling: What Women Ask Me About Abortion

After sharing my personal experience with abortion on the MTV documentary “No Easy Decision” I began receiving emails, facebook messages and texts from women I barely knew. These discussions always start the same way, “Can I ask you a question?”

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The NYTimes Whips Up More Moral Agonizing About Women’s Reproductive Rights – Enough!

NY Times Magazine features yet another article questioning the morality of women who make their own decisions about their child-bearing.

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Kansas Governor Brownback Goes to Texas… To Pray for a U.S. Theocracy

Governor Brownback’s religious convictions are more than just a statement of personal theology. They represent policies he promotes under his administration. And these policies are policies of forced motherhood, elimination of  abortion access and endangering the lives of women. 

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Michele Bachmann’s Miscarriage and the Miscarriage of Justice

If the personal is political, it seems it would extend that women’s own experiences with miscarriage would lead to sympathy for those facing similar losses.  But as Bachmann talks about her miscarriage, she promotes policies that result in miscarriages of justice.

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Reducing Abortion Stigma: Problems and Strategies

What a new study suggests about reducing abortion stigma.

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How Criminalization and Stigmatization Perpetuates the AIDS Epidemic

HIV testing represents one of the most potent weapons in the fight against HIV. Yet too many individuals who may be at risk of infection continue to avoid testing. This reluctance to test is driven in part by the pervasiveness of HIV stigma.

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Bodily Autonomy, Abortion and Orange Drink: Or, What I Learned In Youth Group

I spent my formative years believing my body, my life and my choices were not my own, but a kind of joint property between myself, God, my parents and my church friends and family. As such, my body and my behavior was up for discussion and judgment. Is it any wonder then, that I’m afraid, as a single woman, to be pregnant?

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Promoting Sexual Rights: The Key to Ending the AIDS Epidemic

The connection between sexual rights and HIV and AIDS is undeniable, with the majority of HIV infections transmitted sexually.  Sexuality is a natural aspect of life, and a fundamental part of our humanity.  But we continue to ignore at and the price is paid in women’s lives.

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