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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Andi Friedman, Senior Policy Advisor, Reproductive Health Programs

From the desk of ... Andrea Friedman, 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.

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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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From the desk of ... Cristen Hemmins, Repro Health Watch

Still Fighting for the Women of Mississippi

July 11, 2012 | Reproductive Health

Last year, Mississippi forced me to become a political activist.

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From the desk of ... Lisa Brown, Repro Health Watch

Women's Health Care Should Never Be A Political Game... But That Is Exactly What It Has Become

June 26, 2012 | Reproductive Health

Women's health care should never be a political game.

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Sandra Fluke, Advocate

From the desk of ... Sandra Fluke, Advocate, Repro Health Watch

Risking Women's Health in 50 Different Ways: Anti-Birth Control Advocates Turn to the States

June 7, 2012 | Reproductive Health

"With this common sense bill, we can ensure that Arizona women have access to the health services they need and religious institutions have their faith and freedom protected."

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Andi Friedman, Senior Policy Advisor, Reproductive Health Programs

From the desk of ... Andrea Friedman, Repro Health Watch

New Resource: Repro Health Watch Highlights War on Women's Health in the States

May 21, 2012 | Reproductive Health
Facts matter. When the facts about women's health are a central part of the discussion about access to reproductive health care, the conversation changes - and now more than ever, we need that change.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness, Repro Health Watch

Through the Looking Glass on Contraceptive Coverage

February 6, 2012 | Reproductive Health
We've said it before and we'll say it again: Birth control is basic health care for women.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness, Repro Health Watch

After 39 Years, Let's End the War on Women

January 22, 2012 | Reproductive Health
It's been 39 years since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade - but the battles over access to the full range of reproductive health care services still rage on.

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Andi Friedman, Senior Policy Advisor, Reproductive Health Programs

From the desk of ... Andrea Friedman, Repro Health Watch

A Blog Rally to Protect Medicaid

November 18, 2011 | Reproductive Health
There's been a lot in the news lately about the so-called "supercommittee" in Congress, which has been tasked with trimming more than a trillion dollars from the federal deficit. It's the supercommittee's job to figure out which programs will get the budget axe.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness, Repro Health Watch

In Science v. Politics, Science Scores a Win

July 21, 2011 | Health Care | Reproductive Health
A milestone for women's health is finally within reach: On Tuesday, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) identified the full range of FDA-approved contraception and birth control options as preventive health services - and recommended that they be made available to women without additional fees or co-payment under health care reform.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness, Repro Health Watch

Relentless. Deceptive. Dangerous.

May 5, 2011 | Health Care | Reproductive Health
The ""war on women"" in the House of Representatives rages on.

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