Tag: Birth Control and Family Planning

Make Abortion More Available During the Pandemic — Not Less

It’s hardly new for anti-abortion politicians to seize on any excuse to try to restrict women’s bodily autonomy, but it is a new low to exploit a pandemic that’s already cost hundreds of American lives, and threatens many thousands more. In recent days, leaders in several states — including Texas, Ohio and Louisiana — have […]

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Five Short Films by Women, About Women

‘Birth Control Your Own Adventure’ By Sindha Agha After going on the pill at age 11 for painful endometriosis, a young woman says, “I deserve birth control, but I also deserve better birth control.” Video transcript Back transcript Birth Control Your Own Adventure How my side effects made me four different people I got my […]

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Colombia Court Lets Stand Abortion Status Quo: Illegal, With 3 Exceptions

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — A top court in Colombia declined to legalize abortion on Monday, in a highly anticipated decision that abortion rights supporters had hoped would herald a shift in Latin America, encouraging other nations in the region to liberalize their laws. In Colombia, the court’s decision to take the case — and to consider […]

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Trump’s High Court Hears Its First Abortion Case

The state of Louisiana, with nearly one million women of reproductive age, now has only three abortion clinics. A woman who chooses to have an abortion — as about a quarter of American women do — must make her way to one of those facilities, where she will be legally required to sit through counseling intended […]

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Democrats Block Abortion-Related Bills as Republicans Seek Election Advantage

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked action on legislation that would ban almost all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and impose criminal penalties on doctors who fail to aggressively treat babies born after abortions, casting a pair of votes that Republicans hope to use to their advantage in the 2020 elections. The two […]

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How Do You Explain the History of Reproductive Rights to Teenagers?

This may be the year we say goodbye to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court case that established reproductive rights for women. Last month, Donald Trump became the first president to attend the March for Life, declaring, “Unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House.” The confirmation of Justice Brett […]

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As Egypt’s Population Hits 100 Million, Celebration Is Muted

CAIRO — Somewhere in Egypt, around lunchtime Tuesday, the country reached a major milestone: its 100 millionth citizen was born. The birth of that citizen — whom officials identified as a girl named Yasmine Rabi’e, in a village in Minya governorate — was noted in Cairo by a giant counter outside the country’s national statistics […]

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How Abortion Warps Our Politics

Where will abortion opponents stand in 2020? President Trump recently made his bid for their votes, becoming the first president to speak in person at the annual March for Life in Washington, an event held since 1974. Two days later, a Democratic presidential hopeful, Pete Buttigieg, told a woman who called herself a “proud pro-life […]

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Brazil Under Bolsonaro Has Message for Teenagers: Save Sex for Marriage

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil’s far-right government has a message for adolescents as the nation grapples with a stubbornly high teenage pregnancy rate and rising H.I.V. infections: Save sex for marriage. “Our young people, by and large, are having sex as a result of social pressure,” Damares Alves, the minister of human rights, family and […]

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I’ll Never Be Ashamed of My Abortion

I am medium-brown-skinned — neither rich dark chocolate nor creamy cafe au lait. I am a B cup and have, for a black girl, a barely there butt. I have flat feet and oily skin. And like so many American women of reproductive age, I’ve had an abortion. I, and I alone, made the decision […]

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