Feminism | Posted by Emily E on 07/22/2013

Why I Shared my Abortion Story With North Carolina Law Makers

My voice was trembling when I spoke the words “I decided to choose abortion.” I was telling my personal story and expressing my opposition of House Bill 695, a bill that would shut down all but one abortion clinic in the state of North Carolina. It started to hit me that I was in front of lawmakers, anti-choicers, supporters and television cameras. My legs started to go numb and my hands started to shake. I had to remind myself to look every lawmaker that has voted against women in the eye. Before I knew it, I was thanking them for their time and walking to my seat.

Every woman’s situation is unique, but my story is this: I was eighteen years old, a senior in high school, and I was …

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Feminism | Posted by Mareike S on 03/20/2013

Thinking About Egg Donation

I recently saw a thought-provoking documentary about egg donation and its legal ramifications in Germany. The documentary followed several people: a couple that could not have their own children, a young woman who had some of her own eggs frozen, a family that had already gone through the process, and several doctors, lawmakers and people concerned with the ethics of egg donation.

The biggest problem with egg donation in Germany (besides the social taboo associated with donation, which is featured prominently in the subtitle of the documentary) is that it’s actually illegal and can be punished with up to 3 years in prison for the parents — or more accurately, the mother. For doctors, it’s not only actually performing the egg donation that is illegal, but also preparing women for …

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Feminism | Posted by Shirley Kailas on 11/5/2012

Memo to the Right Wing: Women Know You Really Have Our Backs

Dear Right Wing,

On behalf of my country and my gender, I would just like to say that I’m so sorry the media has cruelly misconstrued your obviously well-intentioned musings on rape and rape-related pregnancies. SO frustrating, guys! For some reason women get all sensitive and dramatic when it comes to what the government will force us to do or not to do after being sexually assaulted.

I know, sometimes the political environment just seems so darn friendly to social extremism that you let you guard down for ONE moment and try to have an intelligent conversation with mature adults about how rape and resulting pregnancies are God’s will, and in fact, “gifts” from God and suddenly everyone is all like “That’s creepy and incredibly offensive” and “what about my …

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Feminism | Posted by Gina S on 09/5/2012

A Take On the U.S. Presidential Election from Across the Pond

I am not someone who attacks others for their personal beliefs. I do not openly ridicule people for having a specific belief system…unless that belief becomes a law by which I am forced to live my life.

I’m sure you’ve all been hearing about the current hot topic of women’s reproductive rights in the American presidential race. I’m sure you’ve gathered that there are many Republicans who are in favour of not only making some types of contraceptives illegal, but also banning abortion, despite whether the pregnancy was due to rape and/or incest — and I hope you’re angry about it. I consider myself lucky to live in the UK, because while our government is in no way perfect, they’re not telling me what to do with my body, either.

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 09/1/2012

Saturday Vids: Republicans, Get In My Vagina

I’ve posted this Funny or Die video before, but it’s never been more relevant. Plus, after the past few weeks, I think it’s necessary for the sake of our mental health to inject a little humor into this political climate…

Republicans, Get In My Vagina! from Kate Beckinsale

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 08/4/2012

Saturday Vids: No Joke. Choice Matters. Everywhere.

The folks over at Pathfinder, a great reproductive health organization, recently launched No Joke. #ChoiceMatters. Everywhere., a campaign to raise awareness about international reproductive health care. The campaign is focused on building a movement to help more people around the globe access modern contraceptives.

Says Pathfinder about the following video: “We created this video to help people understand the reproductive health barriers women across the world experience. It’s done tongue-in-cheek, but as you know, the reality is no joke: women around the world face many barriers to reproductive health care that we wouldn’t stand for here in the US.”

If you liked this video, help spread the word. Here’s a sample tweet to get you started:

Agree #ChoiceMatters everywhere? Watch VIDEO http://bit.ly/ChoiceMatters via @PathfinderInt of #reprohealth barriers …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 04/21/2012

Saturday Vids: Nineteen Percent on The Erosion of Roe v. Wade

This video is a few months old but I stumbled across it recently and think it’s still (always) very relevant, and a good review of where we were on the reproductive rights debate in 2011. Also, I love Nineteen Percent.

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Articles, Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 02/1/2012

An Interview With Merle Hoffman

Merle Hoffman is the publisher/editor-in-chief of On The Issues Magazine and one of the most outspoken advocates for progressive and feminist issues.

Merle established Choices Women’s Medical Center to provide abortion services shortly after New York State legalized abortion in 1971. Today, Choices has grown to become one of the most comprehensive and nationally well respected providers of a full range of gynecological services for women, including abortion to 24 weeks of pregnancy, birth control and pre-natal care.

In 1983 Merle began On the Issues Magazine as a newsletter of Choices Women’s Medical Center to communicate with other health care providers, pro-choice activists and the reproductive health care community generally. Within a few years it had developed into On the Issues, the Progressive Woman’s Quarterly, gaining accolades as a motivating,

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