Charlotte Taft has had a long and varied history in reproductive health care and politics. She is a consultant and counselor with Imagine! with her partner Shelley Oram. She is the former director of the Abortion Care Network, an organization for independent providers and abortion care allies.
Since the video Letts shot of her abortion went viral, the reactions have been varied: There are people who need help resolving their feelings after an abortion, and ostensibly pro-choice people who've chided her, saying she isn't a perfect spokesperson for the cause since she acknowledged that she wasn't using birth control when she got pregnant.
Like so much journalism, the Time magazine article seemed determined to focus on conflict and failure, rather than on the extraordinary energy and transformative gifts of the movement for women’s reproductive choice have yielded over these past 40 years.
The War On Women is a conflict over the very question of the value of women as full human beings with rights to freedom and self-determination and respect. In times like these we need to find our inner Shero. You can be one of them.
Let's be very clear that the Republican Party Platform endorses no abortion for any woman for any reason. And that this was not just the ignorant opinion of an isolated individual. This is part of the campaign of misinformation that the far Right Wing has been waging since at least the time of Reagan.
The arrogance of the 350 Bishops of the US Catholic Church is mind-boggling. Though they are facing bankruptcy in many states because of the shameful tradition of priests molesting children, they still have the nerve to claim a right to make moral decisions for women. It is time for the women of America to say no to the bullying of a tiny group of men who will never know what it means to make tough choices about pregnancy; or have a baby; or raise a child; or scramble to care for a family.
In their righteous search to control women’s lives thank GOD Congressmen have the guidance the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the group that has covered for child rapists, pornographers, adulterers and others.
I believe a new wave of feminism is coming that will be about unfinished business--transformation rather than reform of the very game of life we human beings are playing—-a transformation of gender, ecology, race, fairness, class—-and so much more.
The glee with which male politicians are willing to strip women of their most basic rights is staggering. And it is crushing to recognize that so many smart, caring women will spend their time, precious energy, and scarce resources begging men to please, please harm women just a little bit less.
We who are pro-choice have got to change the rhetoric that surrounds issues of reproductive justice and legitimizes the intimidation, harassment, and even murder of providers. If we can do that we can help civilize the atmosphere of the country as a whole.
Right-wing, Republican and Tea-Party women are scary because they have not developed the courage and independence to step away from the protective shadow of power. What would it take for them to stand up for the rest of us?
More than 50 million women in this country have chosen legal abortion, with 50 million men involved. It is time we all came out of the closet to claim what we have known all along—we are good people making moral choices in difficult circumstances.
The HBO Documentary, 12th and Delaware, provides a rare glimpse of what women face every day in "crisis pregnancy clinics." The filmmakers don’t propagandize or proselytize. They just show what really happens. Don't miss it.
Why are Catholic hospitals allowed to treat Catholics and non-Catholics alike with flagrant disregard for the most basic of human rights, holding them hostage to the canons of a church even its own members don't obey?
Abortion providers were pioneers in offering counseling, excellent outpatient medical care, and informed consent. Now the secrecy and stigma perpetuated by the anti-choice movement allow substandard care to thrive.
On this 37th anniversary of Roe, I call on us to transform this
conversation. I call on us to stand tall so that the provision of abortion services in the United States is a model of care for the rest of the world. I call on us to ask our patients not just to care about themselves--but, as we do, to care about the women who come after them.
When abortion provider Renee Chelian created a video called “Every Day, Good Women Choose Abortion” all she was thinking about was what would be good for her patients. In return, she is being violently attacked by anti-choice forces.
The Stupak-Pitts amendment would actually result the loss of abortion coverage many women already have because it prohibits the new private insurance market as well as any possible public option from providing such coverage.
When members of the Abortion Care Network learned that NBC’s Law and Order would do a "ripped from the headlines" episode on the assassination of Dr. George Tiller, many of us were upset. Now that we have seen it, we are furious.
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