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United Nations Commission on the Status of Women Fails to Uphold Women’s Human Rights

This year marked the first time in history that the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women did not produced Agreed Conclusions. The most contentious issues, not surprisingly, were related to  women’s access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care.

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On International Women’s Day, Let’s Celebrate Our Success – Not Dismantle It

Politics should not stand in the way of women’s access to family planning.  Investing in women’s health leads to a healthier, more prosperous society — this is the legacy we should be exporting. On International Women’s Day, let’s celebrate our success, not try to dismantle it.

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Sensationalizing Drug Use in Pregnant Women: How the Media Perpetuates Racist and Ineffective Policies

The prosecution of drug use in pregnant women does nothing to fulfill a legitimate policy goal and in fact seems to be racially motivated—at least in the implementation—rather than spurred by a concern for children.

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What Do Artificial Wombs Mean for Women?

Would you chose external gestation if you could? What do artificial wombs mean for reproductive rights – including abortion, equality and the role of women in society? The moral, ethical, legal and societal consequences are profound and we are unprepared for them.

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Murder by Nursing?

Stephanie Greene is being charged with murder. Her crime? Breastfeeding her newborn.

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Maryland Law Expanding Medicaid Access to Women’s Health Services Takes Effect

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Maryland’s Family Planning Works Act, which makes Medicaid-funded birth control, testing for sexually transmitted diseases, cancer screenings, and other essential services accessible to an additional 33,000  low- and moderate-income women in the states, went into effect today.

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Running for Human Rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo

This week, millions of people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a war-ravaged African country, voted in their second ever presidential and parliamentary election. As Congolese (and Egyptians) cast votes, they speak out for all rights.

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The Message of Mississippi: Women are Not Full Human Beings

I wonder if you can imagine what it feels like to be told, again and again, what it means to be a girl. You’re not really a full human being: you’re a sexualized baby-making organism who, once we are post-menopausal and no longer attractive, there really is no use for.

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STOKING FIRE: Mountaintop Coal Mining Leads to Birth Defects, Respiratory Illness and Other Health Problems

As mountaintop removal [MTR] has horned-in on underground mining, the health maladies of residents of eastern Kentucky, southwest Virginia, eastern Tennessee, and southwest West Virginia—Appalachia—have begun to pile up.

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Overcoming Stigma: A Film Story of Stillbirth, Miscarriage

My first miscarriage occurred at six weeks. My second was at almost eleven weeks. The grief was alarming but I did what many women do – my best to quietly “carry on.”

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