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From the desk of ... Susan Frietsche, Repro Health Watch

In Pennsylvania, a Proactive Fight for Abortion Access and Economic Rights

Over the last four decades, we’ve watched anti-choice advocates shift focus from criminalizing abortion to an incremental strategy of passing medically unnecessary regulations designed to force abortion clinics to close down.


From the desk of ... Kalpana Krishnamurthy, Repro Health Watch

Ten Thousand Miles for Reproductive Justice

Kicking off in Los Angeles, California on August 9th, the All* Above All Be Bold Road Trip began its month-long, cross-country journey through 12 cities and eight states.


From the desk of ... Colleen McNicholas, Repro Health Watch

Missouri Politicians Should Stay Out of the Exam Room

The Missouri Legislature is just hours away from deciding if politics will once again trump medicine.


From the desk of ... Bryan Howard, Repro Health Watch

Protecting Access to Medication Abortion: A Good Option for Women

Women's health care has targeted medication abortion since it became available in the U.S. over the past decade and a half ago.


From the desk of ... Martha Skeeters, Marion Homier, Repro Health Watch

Oklahomans Fight Back

Oklahomans pride themselves on the way our citizens pull together in emergencies and tragedies. But many residents, unfortunately, also like to call ours the most conservative state.


From the desk of ... Elizabeth Sepper, Repro Health Watch

What’s at Stake in the Supreme Court Birth Control Cases? More Than You Might Think.

Access to contraception long seemed settled and remote from the culture wars.


From the desk of ... Bethany Van Kampen, Liz Wagner, Repro Health Watch

The Fight for Women’s Health in Louisiana Continues

On February 4, dozens of allies met on the steps of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) in Baton Rouge to do something that we rarely get to do on the harsh battlefield of reproductive justice work in Louisiana – celebrate a victory.


From the desk of ... Megan Amundson, Repro Health Watch

McCullen v. Coakley

On January 15th, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in McCullen v. Coakley, a case challenging the Massachusetts Buffer Zone Law.


From the desk of ... Cianti Stewart-Reid, Repro Health Watch

A New Direction for Women’s Health and Reproductive Rights in Virginia

Voters in Virginia faced a clear choice when it came to women’s health and reproductive rights in the Virginia governor’s race.


From the desk of ... Tannia Esparza, Repro Health Watch

Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our Decisions: Albuquerque Communities Respect Decisions About Abortion

“Mija, I think that a woman should make her own decision about abortion for herself. It’s her body and no one is in her shoes to decide for her.” These are the words of my father, a proud immigrant from Michoacán, Mexico, a domestic worker, a brother to five sisters and a father to three daughters.


From the desk of ... Amy Allina, Repro Health Watch

Taking Bold Action to Lift Abortion Coverage Bans: States and Cities Lead the Way

Nestled in the Appalachian mountains, Charleston, West Virginia wouldn’t at first glance seem to have much in common with Cerritos College, a predominantly Latino community college with its campus in Los Angeles...


From the desk of ... Adrian Nava, Scarlett Jimenez , Repro Health Watch

Youth Activism for Sex Education

As educators, advocates, and allies of sexual health, we often ask ourselves why we are still having conversations about the implementation and support of comprehensive sexuality education for young people across the nation.


From the desk of ... Sarah Preston, Repro Health Watch

Following Governor Perry’s Lead

July 19, 2013 | Reproductive Health

Over the course of several months, the North Carolina House of Representatives has launched a series of attacks on a woman’s right to choose, passing several bills that seek to limit access to abortion.


From the desk of ... Dr. Colleen McNicholas, Repro Health Watch

Medication Abortion Restrictions Hurt My Patients

March 8, 2013 | Reproductive Health

As a practicing physician in St. Louis, Missouri, I provide comprehensive reproductive care to my patients.


From the desk of ... Melinda McKew, Repro Health Watch

My Abortion, My Activism: The Impact of Stigma

November 20, 2012 | Reproductive Health

Like all of our clients at the Georgia Reproductive Justice Access Network (GRJAN), Jane* called us in desperation. She had become pregnant after her birth control failed, and she simply couldn't afford another child.


From the desk of ... Lynsey Bourke, Repro Health Watch

What Montana Teens Really Need

November 2, 2012 | Reproductive Health

LR120's language would lead Montanans to believe that hoards of young women are rushing to clinics in an effort to end secret pregnancies. This depiction couldn't be further from the truth.


From the desk of ... Judith Selzer, Repro Health Watch

Women's Health Coverage Under Attack in Florida

October 17, 2012 | Reproductive Health

We're in the heat of battle in Florida as we fight Amendment 6, which was referred by the Florida Legislature to the November 6th general election ballot.


From the desk of ... Lisa M. Hollier, Repro Health Watch

A Texas-Sized Disaster

September 11, 2012 | Other > Social Security

Here in Texas, Latinas and African American women fare worse than their Caucasian counterparts on almost every measure of wellness.


From the desk of ... , Repro Health Watch

Unscientific Method: The Akin Argument in Legislating Women's Health

August 31, 2012 | Reproductive Health
The recent comment by Representative Todd Akin (R-MO), that women don't get pregnant from "legitimate" rape because "the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down" provoked an unusual outcry.


From the desk of ... Dr. Willie Parker, Repro Health Watch

Going to Mississippi: If I Don't, Who Will?

August 14, 2012 | Reproductive Health

If abortion access is "war", then the state of Mississippi is the frontline.


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