Feminism | Posted by Kenyetta Whitfield on 09/26/2016

Why The Hyde Amendment Has To Go

Credit: All Above All

Credit: All Above All

As a college student in Ohio, I have seen what happens when anti-choice politicians decide they know what’s best for other people and it is not pretty. Watching friends go through intense anxiety while trying to figure out how to get a quick, close, and affordable abortion in their own state has been discouraging and disheartening. From the lack of accessible abortion clinics in rural areas to the recent defunding of Planned Parenthood in the state, anti-choice policy has resulted in disaster for Ohio residents.

Living in a community plagued with these issues and witnessing these experiences have led me to speak out and take action. With the help of national pro-choice organizations like URGE and All Above All, I’ve helped organized lobby days and …

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Feminism | Posted by Reilly W on 09/16/2016

Lizz Winstead’s Mission To Talk Honestly (And Hilariously) About Abortion

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Postcards from the Vag

I’ve long thought that Lizz Winstead — co-creator of The Daily Show, writer on the Huffington Post, comedian extraordinaire, author of Lizz Free or Die, and founder of reproductive rights organization Lady Parts Justice — is the best of the best in comedy. She is not only seriously hilarious, but also has a keen eye for spotting talent (Rachel Maddow, Jon Stewart and so forth) and is an enthusiastic supporter of all things related to women and reproductive rights.

Her current projects support this mission: Postcards From The Vag: Hilarious Stories From People Who Bleed From Their Wherevers, a comedy show taking place in DC tomorrow, offers a unique take on abortion. Instead of treating vaginas and feminism with fragility, Winstead — as …

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Feminism | Posted by Carley Towne on 08/26/2016

This Women’s Equality Day, Let’s Remain Vigilant

Today is Women’s Equality Day

August 26th is Women’s Equality Day. First designated by Congresswoman Bella Abzug (D-NY20) in 1971, the day marks the anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which formally granted women the right to vote. Over the decades, however, Women’s Equality Day has transformed into a celebration of not only the 19th Amendment, but also the continued struggle for equality and fairness that women of all backgrounds and ages across the United States face.

First, we would be doing Representative Abzug, appropriately nicknamed “Battling Bella,” and women everywhere a disfavor if we celebrated the passage of the 19th Amendment without recognizing its complex history. The 19th Amendment was not a victory for all women and to celebrate it as such is historically inaccurate and exclusionary: …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 06/27/2016

What The SCOTUS Abortion Decision Means — And Why It Matters

The Supreme Court actually ruled in favor of choice.

On March 2nd, the Supreme Court heard the case Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which has been called the most important abortion case heard in this generation’s lifetime. Today, on June 27th, the Court ruled to invalidate Texas abortion restrictions in a 5-3 decision.

But what exactly does this case, and this ruling, mean? Because we still don’t live in an educational climate in which young women receive an in-depth education about crucial things like reproductive rights in school, here’s the run-down on what this Supreme Court case was really about, why it matters, and where we’re going from here.

The Abortion Rights Landscape.

Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures a woman can have in the United States …

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Feminism | Posted by Caitlyn Martin on 01/25/2016

The Facts Every Young Woman Needs To Know About Medication Abortion

Medication abortion is a safe, optimal option for many women.

On Friday, women across the country commemorated the 43rd anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States. Many noted that despite this legislation, however, abortion remains inaccessible for far too women in this country. A recent medical development, however, has the potential to dramatically empower young women’s to make the best reproductive choice possible — but a lack of information as well as perpetuated misinformation keep women from it.

This development is medication abortion, or the abortion pill, which has become available in the United States just the last 15 years. While more discussions about this pill are now emerging — from the media’s celebration of its 15th anniversary …

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Feminism | Posted by Madison L on 08/17/2015

The Surprising Effect of Low Wage Work on Reproductive Rights and Health

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Many people think a low-wage worker is a young adult making minimum wage to earn a bit of pocket money or save up for college. While these workers make up some of the low-wage workforce, the vast majority of workers do not fit that mold. Nearly two-thirds of minimum wage workers are women, over half are over the age of 25, and most do not have a spouse’s income to rely on, according to the National Women’s Law Center.

Low wage work has myriad effects on a woman’s life, including the decreased ability to get an education, spend time with family and friends, budget money properly to gain financial security, and to attend to personal health. This last point, though crucial, is particularly under-discussed, yet there are many ways …

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Feminism | Posted by Lexi V on 06/30/2015

Why A 10-Year-Old Paraguayan Girl Not Being Able to Access Abortion Terrifies Me

We must continue to fight.

Like many other privileged American kids, my biggest concerns at ten years old were whether or not I could finish my homework before soccer practice or if my dad was going to buy me the new marine biology Barbie. In Paraguay, a ten-year-old girl is being forced to carry her stepfather’s child.

The story of this girl (who I’ll henceforth refer to as “E”) showed up in my Facebook newsfeed a few months ago. I remember reading one article about the situation and feeling upset but then — to be totally honest — pushed it out of my head (which I tend to believe is what many of us do after reading news stories that are as upsetting as this one).

Then a few weeks …

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Feminism | Posted by Martine K on 06/1/2015

What You Need To Know About The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act

Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act

On April 22nd, after nearly six weeks of delay, the Senate finally passed the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act. This bill will provide harsher penalties for perpetrators of trafficking, hold patrons of human trafficking (also known as “johns”), accountable for their crimes, and identify and treat those harmed by trafficking as victims rather than criminals. The bill will also create a special fund for victims gathered from perpetrators’ fines (rather than taxes).

Although many expected the bill to pass unanimously in March, Senate Democrats found a provision that compelled them to withdraw support. This provision included language from the Hyde Amendment, which decrees that taxpayer dollars may not be used to fund abortions, except in cases proven to be rape, and would …

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