"That's the price of healthcare reform." That's what pundits have told those of us making a fuss over the Stupak amendment, but is it?
A farewell, and a thank you, the incredible community of reproductive justice advocates and writers gathered around Rewire.
Last night Rachel Maddow continued her dogged reporting on the extreme anti-choice right, covering Operation Rescue's upcoming protests against Dr. Leroy Carhart's Nebraska clinic.
Remembrances of Sen. Ted Kennedy highlight his civil rights accomplishments; Miami appeals court hears arguments on anti-gay adoption laws; will health care reform include coverage for contraception and fertility treatments?
On a conference call in honor of Women's Equality Day, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Melody Barnes and Tina Tchen were repeatedly pressed on reproductive health care coverage under health care reform.
Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) died late last night, at 77, of the brain cancer he had fought since May 2008.
TIME examines government's role in facilitating abortion access in health care reform proposals; medication abortion has not expanded access as expected; Australian provider refuses to prescribe RU-486 until legal protections are enacted.
Just how many experts does it take to assign someone a gender? The female South African winner of the 800m race at track and field world championships in Berlin has been asked to prove that she is a woman.
New York Times examines empowering the world's women; Michele Bachman: "Keep your laws off my body!"; Operation Rescue lodges complaint over Carhart's clinic.
North Carolina court upholds same-sex adoption; Oklahoma ruling on abortion law to be appealed; high percentages of women in certain countries believe domestic violence can be justified.
An Oklahoma law to require women seeking abortion to have an ultrasound and listen to the doctor's description of the ultrasound was struck down as unconstitutional yesterday, but on technical grounds.
A spirited group of protesters gathered outside New York Gov. David Paterson's office today elicited the governor's promise to sign legislation that would prohibit the shackling of incarcerated pregnant women during labor and after delivery.
FBI is monitoring Scott Roeder's visitors; "death panel" rumors are false; US Conference of Cathoic Bishops says Capps Amendment is not enough to prevent public funding of abortion through health care reform.
In a chilling collection of anecdotes, Rachel Maddow last night connected the dots between a handful of instances of threatened and parodied violence against Democratic, pro-health care reform legislators and the known tendency towards violence among the radical right in the United States.
Myth of a "pro-life majority" dispelled by new Gallup poll; Family Research Council ad misleads on abortion coverage; one more time: abortion coverage and health care reform; Clinton visits Congo, announces funding to combat sexual violence in the region.
On a visit to Goma, Congo, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for an end to the rampant sexual violence that has erupted in the country as a result of ongoing war in the region.
Democratic candidate for Virginia governor touts pro-choice position; how a public option really works; religious community supports health care reform.
Noted anti-choicer and global gag rule champion Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL) will resign his Senate seat.
By a vote of 68 to 31, the Senate has confirmed Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.
Read this first: CBS and Salon debunk health care myths; Dr. LeRoy Carhart plans to open Kansas abortion clinic; Esquire profiles Dr. Warren Hern.
Two members of Arizona Commission on Women's Health resign; what do anti-choicers really believe about contraception?; federally-funded ad campaign to promote adoption of black children.
In a major breakthrough for LGBT Americans, the tri-committee health care reform bill released yesterday by the House mandates collection of health care data on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Today, the Senate HELP Committee defeated a handful of anti-choice
amendments to the Affordable Health Choices Act, its version of
health care reform legislation.
A Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday passed an amendment that, if passed in the final foreign aid appropriations legislation, will ban future imposition of the global gag rule.
The Supreme Court has reversed the Second Circuit ruling in Ricci vs. DeStefano, the case in which white firefighters have argued that they had been discriminated against when a promotional exam on which no African-American firefighters scored highly enough to be promoted was discarded.
File this under "Phew": the Supreme Court ruled today that the strip search of an Arizona high school student was unconstitutional.
A Virginia law that makes doctors criminally liable for performing the "most common" form of second trimester abortion was upheld by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Center for Reproductive Rights announced today.
An inclusive ENDA banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression in workplaces has been re-introduced in Congress.
Just-released tapes from President Nixon's time in the White House reveal that he feared legal abortion would lead to "permissiveness" but that he felt that it was justified in some cases -- in the case of rape, but also when you have "a black and a white," the New York Times reports.
PBS has produced an exceptional segment about violence and harassment targeting abortion providers, asking whether Dr. George Tiller's killing was an act of domestic terrorism and what the effect of decades of violence has on women's access to the procedure.
Forbes India today evaluates Avahan, the $258 million Gates Foundation HIV prevention initiative on the ground in India. And the program doesn't fare well.
At a meeting with a small group of progressive bloggers at the Clinton Foundation headquarters in Harlem this afternoon, President Bill Clinton held forth on climate change and building retrofitting, access to AIDS medicines in the developing world, and education standards, but came alive when discussing prospects for health care reform.
Cristina Page takes one for the team and goes up against Operation Rescue's Troy Newman on a PBS "Issue Clash," debating late-term abortions.
Rachel Maddow guest Frank Schaeffer says that while he doesn't think that more extreme wings of the anti-choice movement collaborated with alleged killer Scott Roeder or knew he planned to murder Dr. George Tiller, anti-choice groups do know who commits vandalism against clinics, who glues the doors shut, who might plan to throw firebombs.
Two Democratic New York state senators vote with Republicans to change leadership, imperiling both reproductive health and same-sex marriage legislation.
Scott Roeder threatens more anti-clinic violence; abortion providers gather at Tiller's funeral; Washington Post profiles state-level abortion restrictions; Sotomayor submits questionnaire to Senate Judiciary Committee.
Alleged Tiller murdered Scott Roeder charged with murder and aggravated assault; how will the federal government ensure that such violence doesn't happen again?
In an extensive interview with the office manager "Jeffrey Peterson" of the Central Family Medicine Clinic in Kansas City, Rachel Maddow last night established that Roeder had repeatedly visited and vandalized that clinic -- a federal crime under the FACE Act, that the FBI had been alerted to Roeder's harassment of that clinic, and that the FBI did nothing about it.
Anti-choice groups across the nation are busy insisting that since they didn't personally pull the trigger, their protests, harassment, and hate speech are not to blame for the murder of Kansas abortion provider Dr. George Tiller. Yet some anti-choice activists -- even now -- seem only too happy to aid and abet the crazy ones who will resort to violence.
Two days after the murder of Kansas women's health care provider Dr. George Tiller, more details emerge about the suspect's hate-mongering, clinics across America tighten their security, and the religious right continues to worry that Tiller's death will derail their focus on Sonia Sotomayor's position on abortion rights.
Dr. George Tiller murdered in Wichita, Kansas; suspect in custody; links to Operation Rescue?
Members of the reproductive health community, those working in clinics and as allies of clinics across the country, shared their shock and deep sadness at the loss of Dr. George Tiller today.
Anti-choice groups swiftly condemned the murder of Kansas abortion provider Dr. George Tiller, while Randall Terry stopped short of justifying the murder but failed to disavow the use of violence against providers.
Obama, Sotomayor agree on "unenumerated rights;" British health department fights releasing details of late-term abortions publicly.
Where does Sotomayor stand on abortion rights?; Oklahoma bans sex-selective abortions.
Left, right and center media react to Sonia Sotomayor.
The California Supreme Court today ruled Proposition 8, the ballot initiative outlawing same-sex marriage, constitutional, while declaring valid the thousands of same-sex marriages that took place while same-sex marriage was legal in the state.
Obama names Sotomayor as Supreme Court nominee; Wendy Wright badmouths White House's "common ground" effort; contraceptive sponge to return to market.
Texas legislature considers ultrasound bill; withdrawal is more effective than previously thought; Americans United for Life planning to "have fun" with Supreme Court nomination fight; photographs of Rwandan rape survivors and their children.
GOP introduces plan for health care reform; more perspectives on the Gallup poll; Texas sex ed bill fails.
Obama starts talking to potential Supreme Court picks; Americans United for Life examines abortion-related stances of possible Supreme Court nominees; House Republicans call for reinstating the conscience clause; the Gallup poll in context.
Republicans "lower expectations" for Supreme Court nomination fight; economic insecurity, adoption, and abortion; experts react to the news that percentage of births to unwed mothers has risen sharply; Tennessee abortion amendment passes House.
Women whose pension payments are reduced because they took pregnancy-related leave during their employment when pregnancy discrimination wasn't illegal aren't entitled to full pension benefits now, the Supreme Court ruled today.
Obama gives commencement address at Notre Dame, engages issue of abortion; new Gallup poll finds majority of Americans identify as "pro-life."
Supreme Court short-list is out; births to unmarried women increasing; Germany imposes restrictions on late-term abortion; Republican obstructionism on nominees continues.
HHS acknowledges, the health care system fails women; more reactions to, analysis of Obama's planned appearance at Notre Dame; Swedish health board rules gender-based abortion not illegal.
Spain to make emergency contraception available over-the-counter; Tennessee abortion restriction expected to pass; Ross Douthat on the culture wars at the New York Times; Sessions reaffirms that he could support a gay nominee.
More reactions to the 2010 budget; Nina Totenberg on the Supreme Court nomination - likely picks and process; Obama to speak at University of Notre Dame commencement; majority of teen pregnancies in the UK end in abortion; good news on male contraceptive is premature.
2010 budget slashes funding for abstinence-only, leaves abortion funding restrictions in place; Will Saletan on a "safe, legal and early" compromise strategy.
Wall Street Journal profiles Obama's attempts to "bridge the divide" on abortion; Texas sex ed bill dies in committee; Sen. Jeff Sessions could support pro-choice Supreme Court justice; stand up for Judy Blume!
A glittery panel discussion about teen pregnancy prevention shames teens who parent, treats girls as sexual gate-keepers and ignores dating violence and sexual coercion.
Bristol Palin: "ambassador for abstinence" or for safer sex?; Obama, Clinton sound different themes on abortion and reproductive health; "Choose Life" license plates pass Texas House; what conscience clauses really do.
The nation's most prominent voice on being a teen parent is coming ever closer to endorsing comprehensive, medically-accurate sexuality education.
DC City Council votes to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states; Randall Terry arrested at Notre Dame; pregnant British woman to face firing squad in Laos; anti-choice voices on Souter's legacy.
Palin backs parental notification initiative; anti-choice license plate fight likely to end up in Supreme Court; US has chance to ratify UN Convention on Rights of the Child; another name for Souter's seat.
Justice Souter to leave Supreme Court; North Carolina sex ed bill advances; thinking about "sexting;"Serve America Act bans abortion counseling and provision; World Bank's AIDS efforts fail to deliver; anti-choicer grades Obama's first 100 days.
Justice David Souter intends to retire at the end of the current court term, NPR reports.
Just after the organization's "Champions of Choice" lunch and awards ceremony honoring Marcelo Luis Ebrard Casaubón, Mayor of Mexico City, NARAL Pro-Choice New York endorsed Mayor Michael Bloomberg for a third term as mayor of New York City.
Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Protection Act moves to Senate; Indiana legislature wraps up session; Tennessee abortion bill advances in the House; Sen. Richard Lugar will back Dawn Johnsen.
Sebelius confirmed as Secretary of Health and Human Services; recession hits teen pregnancy prevention programs; Montana may cut contraceptive coverage from CHIP; Missouri House approves amendment to protect pharmacists who deny medications.
Are your reproductive rights more secure today than they were 100 days ago? How about the human rights of women around the world? Are we making progress toward universal access to basic sexual and reproductive health services, comprehensive sex education and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment here and abroad? Rewire evaluates whether Obama is making the grade.
British sex ed to start in kindergarten; Indiana abortion bill gains provision that would actually help women - so antis oppose it; Minnesota protects public funding for abortion; Bonnie Erbe on the YouTube trap.
Are your reproductive rights safer than they were 100 days ago?; Arizona to apply for abstinence-only funds; Ohio legislature considers Prevention First bill; Dawn Johnsen's nomination fight reveals weakness of anti-choice movement.
Dominican Republic adds "right to life" to its Constitution; Ohio advocates gear up to introduce state-level Prevention First; Sebelius nomination fight drags on; Sebelius vetoes late-term abortion restriction; Washington state to stop applying for federal abstinence-only program funds.
Jessica Valenti goes on the "Today Show" to promote the idea that women and girls aren't reducible to their sex lives, and correct the record on abstinence-only.
Clinton gives a vigorous defense of reproductive rights worldwide; FDA official says agency will approve over-the-counter access for Plan B for 17-year-olds; health care costs hit even the fortunate, like Kate Michelman; Senate Finance Committee approves Sebelius nomination.
In a speech for the history books, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a clear and uncompromising case for lifesaving role of international reproductive rights and health care access when testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee yesterday.
Indeed, breast is best, Senate Finance Committee to vote on Sebelius nomination; White House unveils domestic HIV/AIDS plan; new NIH guidelines address creation of stem cell lines.
Parental notification bill in Alaska stalled; leading Afghan women's rights activist killed; Afghan family law will not be enacted as written; Washington state expands domestic partner benefits.
Kansas AG blames economy for uptick in domestic violence; North Carolina House passes sex ed bill; undercover at a crisis pregnancy center; from "pro-life feminist to pro-choice mama."
Indiana House passes TRAP law; massive gender gap in China; back story behind Vatican's snub of Caroline Kennedy; Obama a "recruiting drive" for anti-choice movement.
"Choose Life" license plates spread to 18 states; New York Governor plans to introduce same-sex marriage bill; Texas legislators go after local Planned Parenthood clinics; Gov. Sarah Palin's reactionary judicial nominee draws criticism.
Female veterans suffer from PTSD, too; Sebelius received more funds than reported from Tiller; Kansans protest abortion bill; learning relationship skills through sex ed.
How beneficial is breastfeeding?; Vatican rejects Caroline Kennedy as ambassador; abortion legislation in Kansas after Sebelius; comparing the struggles for marriage equality and reproductive rights.
What with Catholic Church hierarchy claiming to be infallible, do you ever wish you could just ask go straight to the top and ask Jesus whether, whatever Pope Benedict XVI may say to the contrary, condoms are a useful HIV prevention measure?
On Monday Rewire is launching a brand new feature for our community -- reader diaries that will expand the opportunities for readers to post and publish their own commentary on the site.
NYU study examines young women's understanding of EC; ultrasound bill moves forward in Nebraska, and maybe in Florida; reproductive health care a concern of the clergy.
North Carolina House considers comprehensive sex ed; Tennessee abortion measure moves forward; record number of out-of-wedlock births; worried about the birth rate?
TRAP laws on the move in Indiana; Planned Parenthood, Californians protest suspension of contract; abortion restriction goes into effect in Ohio; more on the Advisory Council on Faith-Based Initiatives and the White House's "common ground" conference call.
There's something appealing about Tyra Banks's non-nonsense approach to Levi Johnston: she'd make a pretty good big sister, if a bad sex ed teacher.
Vermont legislature overrides Governor's veto of same-sex marriage bill; assessing new members of the Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships; Illinois can't force pharmacists to dispense EC; Maryland student punished for taking birth control.
New members of Office of Faith-Based Initiatives announced; breakthrough for male contraceptive; anti-choice perspective on Commission on Population and Development; China's restrictive family planning policies result in a black market in boys; Kristof on family planning.
"Abstinence-plus" under consideration in Texas; North Dakota Senate Committee votes down "egg-as-person;" Population Connection staffer becomes abstinence educator; Obama's nominees face Republican opposition; rank-and-file Catholics share views of non-Catholics; CatholicVote.org looks to viral videos.
US makes strong statement for reproductive health at the UN; New York City speakout on women's health needs tonight; anti-choice legislation dies in Montana; sex ed reform, for the better?
Last night at the UN the US expressed strong commitment to the ICPD Program of Action and the Millennium Development Goals.
Pharmacy refusal legislation passes in Idaho; feminists pressure Spain to reform abortion laws; South Carolina waiting period bill progresses; Clinton receives Planned Parenthood's Margaret Sanger Award; more on Gardasil, mandatory testing.
Texts live from Gov. Kathleen Sebelius's HELP Committee confirmation hearing.
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, President Obama's nominee to be Secretary of Health and Human Services, will address the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions at 10 this morning in her first confirmation hearing.
Tiller acquitted, medical board to investigate complaints; Gov. Sebelius signs ultrasound bill; debate over abortion reveals frequency of incest in Brazil.
Montana, Tennessee consider abortion restrictions; Cecile Richards talks to David Brody; Dr. George Tiller testifies; post-Roe women fight for their rights.