RH Reality Check
Kathleen Reeves recently completed a master’s degree in Humanities and Social Thought at New York University.
RH Reality Check
Kathleen Reeves recently completed a master’s degree in Humanities and Social Thought at New York University.
The payoff for getting into debates with today's Catholic hierarchy seems pretty low.
When the next housekeeper is assaulted, she can look to the way the DSK case has played out for guidance.
There may have been an official change in policy regarding clergy sex abuse, but practice and culture appear to be lagging. In practice, the leadership of the Catholic Church has plenty of tolerance for the sexual abuse of children.
Tennessee's proposed ban on discussing homosexuality is, of course, more about the “homo” than the “sexuality.”
Foes are painting Planned Parenthood as an inflated corporation, dangerously powerful and drunk on profits. So the true kingpin of American corporate power is a group of community health clinics providing free and low-cost care?
Is murder a right-to-life issue?
The USCCB elects the conservative Archbishop of New York, a "defender of church orthodoxy," over its current vice president, who was subject to a smear campaign.
Christine O'Donnell's campaign against masturbation was only the beginning of a lifelong assault on human well-being.
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland deserves a medal for seeking to address the geographic (and often economic) disparity in access to abortion in a smart and safe way.
Crisis pregnancy centers are an especially reprehensible tool of the pro-life movement, and an investigative piece in the Toronto Star reminds us why.
The Catholic Church on life-saving abortion: It's okay when we can pretend the fetus isn't there.
The pill’s prescription status seems like a holdover from the days when contraception was forbidden: when women who wanted it were reprimanded and those who provided it were jailed.
Why, in a world of countless birth control pills, the ring, the patch, implants, and condoms for women and men, do people still get pregnant unintentionally? Because there are a lot of people rooting against them.
What do we do about advertising we find offensive, or even bigoted?
A survey from the Kinsey Institute tackles the murky, but vital, question of What Is Sex? and the answers underscore how changeable our definitions may be.
A writer makes nonsensical arguments to connect criminalization of abortion in Ireland with low rates of maternal mortality. Ireland is abortion-free like America is drug-free.
Chris Smith is obsessed with abortion, and with thwarting women's rights. Smith, whose top campaign contributor is Right to Life’s PAC, has made it his mission to make both contraception and safe abortion inaccessible here and abroad.
Anti-choice "aid" organizations and people like Steve Mosher, believe the women they’re “serving” are meant to reproduce, even as their bodies give out, and they can’t feed the children they have.
Brown’s amendment from 2005 has everything to do with rape victims, and his attitude towards these women has everything to do with the upcoming special election.
A group representing America’s Catholic hospitals announced last week it would support the Senate health care bill, breaking rank with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
George argues that his view of "moral order" doesn't have to be connected to “divine revelation or biblical Scripture”—but can simply be defended as the most reasonable order.
Because of the tremendous work done in the 60s and 70s, my generation can sit around and have conversations about our feelings about abortion. But we need to remember that what matters politically is the legal right to have an abortion, without which these conversations are moot.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has debased itself by turning into a lobbying group of the most aggressive and inappropriate sort.
The myth of the born-alive fetus has long been a weapon in the pro-life arsenal, one "kept alive" by misleading language, and by efforts to pass laws that further obfuscate and mislead.
A radio drama written and directed by an MFA student at the University of Iowa aims to empower Latina women about sexual health. The program, called “La Noche Te De Sorpresas,” or “The Night Gives You Surprises,” is broadcast in Spanish and is one of two culturally-specific radio shows being launched by the University of Iowa College of Public Health and the Iowa Initiative to Reduce Unintended Pregnancies.
To me, NFP seems, like annulment, to be a loophole created when the Catholic Church recognized that even its very faithful could not possibly live according to every aspect of the Church’s vision.
Many Catholic bishops have voiced unconditional opposition to any health reform bill that “funds” abortion--though no current bill does. Catholics, many of whom self-identify as "pro-life," would support health reform even with abortion coverage.
Cardinal Rigali manipulates Catholic morality to bring it perfectly in line with Republican policy, though it doesn't reflect the “Catholic” line on war, poverty, and health care. But listen: those issues are just not that important.
However contentious the EC debate remains, emergency contraception itself must not be ignored.
Carrying the burden of childhood abuse and neglect, these girls and women present a greater, specific challenge to those who work to prevent teen pregnancy.
The recent trend of refusing Communion to pro-choice politicians is a prime example of how flawed leadership is weakening the Catholic Church.
There’s a sense—not always spoken, but implied—that a person in prison deserves to be there, and therefore doesn’t deserve health care, preventative or otherwise.
By using the peer-to-peer model, the Minnesota International Health Volunteers program avoids, or at least reduces, public health obstacles that arise when there’s a culture clash.
There's a lot to laugh about in the Catholic sex prayer, but there's also something serious here.
While some Catholics have strongly supported health care reform, others are more interested in fighting for their own interests than in fighting for people’s lives.
The dispute between Randall Terry and Troy Newman sheds light on the way that activism can satisfy a person’s hunger for attention and influence—how it can become a power trip.
If the United States is serious about paving the way for a modern state, we need to invest in women’s empowerment.
Merely to be in the clinic — in the waiting room or procedure room — is not to understand the choice a woman makes.
Concern for women’s rights among many conservatives extends only as far as it can be used against our enemies.
Bob McDonnell’s position on abortion is not incidental to his career as a politician; it’s central, and it’s also extreme.
We shouldn’t be surprised when LifeSiteNews takes offense to a nun who claims that social and economic justice, including affordable health care, are part of God’s vision.
This article, one of the worst examples of LifeSiteNews's consistent mischaracterization of EC, is truly negligent.
Since “Save America’s Insurance Companies” is hardly a winning rallying cry, conservative groups are calling on their reliable foe/political friend, abortion.
Indifference to maternal mortality is closely related to indifference to women’s reproductive rights.
Doctors and nurses are confused about IUDs, and they send confusing messages to us.
Steven Waldman proposes the following hypothetical situation: more premarital sex and fewer abortions. Would pro-lifers accept this trade-off?
The “scientists” who pursue the myth of post-abortion syndrome are scientists of the most dangerous kind: those who use faulty, manipulated research as a means to a political end.
Lisa Belkin worries that the film paints an unrealistic, alarmist picture of pre-implantation genetic diagnosis.
How long is sex education going to be marginalized, hindered, or just ignored?
Jason Webb creates false divisions by placing the Church at the center of political discourse in Spain—by depicting it as a great force that you’re either for or against.
Montana is one of only four states—along with North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Texas—that have legislative bans on the coverage of contraceptives by CHIP.
A disturbing implication of “abortion reduction” is that our society should more closely monitor women who want abortions and the reasons they want abortions.
This is not the first time a Catholic individual or organization has allowed intolerance to interfere with the Church’s message on loving our (black, gay, poor) neighbors, but it’s particularly embarrassing in this case.
Reproductive freedom is a civil right, like marriage rights and the rights of minorities, that cannot be left up state legislatures.
Violence is inherent to the pro-life movement in the way that it was inherent to the preservation of segregation in the South.
Some in the British media are defending sexual harassment as an artistic eccentricity.
Obama’s nomination of Sonia Sotomayor is the latest event in an interesting conflict between the President and conservatives. As a candidate, Obama was diplomatic, and as a President, he is adept at articulating and advancing policy without incensing opponents.
Personal choices always involve morality.
Catholics are assimilated into American culture, and Americans have an unequivocal relationship with contraception: we want it, we need it, we use it.
A woman in her twenties who doesn’t want to have a baby yet is fine with us, but a woman in her late thirties seems to be a different story.
The Philippines government is championing a form of family planning used by only one percent of women interested in planning their families.
Tolerance, apparently, is Enemy Number 1, especially in places where the Catholic Church’s sphere of social and political influence is intact, but waning.
For some girls, parental notification is not an option. Self-induced abortion is.
Abortion's absence from TV shows is hard to swallow when television has always been a medium for discussing social issues.
The real divide in the debate over EC is between those who support the well-being of teenage girls, and those who pursue an anti-choice and anti-contraception agenda so inflexible that it hinders its own aims.
Palin has unintentionally demonstrated that there’s a way in which a pro-choice world honors the decision to carry an unplanned pregnancy more than a world without choice does.
With such a lurid attack on Sebelius, Perkins had better be ready to explain his own complicity in AIDS deaths, not just in Africa but all over the world.
If this Senate bill becomes law, anti-choice virulence will not only be found in the political climate or on the sidewalk outside the clinic — it will have entered the supposedly neutral examining room.
Stanley Fish applies philosophy to the Provider Conscience Rule debate. He points out that Hobbes’s definition of “conscience” was almost exactly the opposite of the way we think of the word today. Hobbes looked to the word’s etymology—“to know in concert with one another”—to reason that the word could refer to public or common knowledge.
Colorado's Senate Bill 225 reminds us that there is still a great deal of hostility toward birth control in this country, and one of the most glaring examples of this hostility is in the
A chemical that’s damaging to reproductive health is everyone’s concern.
Today, there is a social liberalism in Spain that counters the influence of the Catholic Church on some issues.
If faith-based providers want to convince us that they’re interested in the dignity of their patients, they need to stop the war on medicine.
Until preventative health care is a reality for everyone in this country, clinic doctors and nurses should view an EC visit as an opportunity for sensitive outreach.
In the interest of orthodoxy, the Church is neglecting its humanitarian responsibility, particularly in Africa and other places where it holds sway.
I have long mourned the death of science in the emergency contraception debate.
There has always been hypocrisy in the stem cell debate.
The implication that political power lies in the Catholic hierarchy rather than in Catholics will only alienate the faithful.
I applaud Sebelius for considering the needs of pregnant women in Kansas.
In a good relationship that’s about to become sexual, the introduction of a condom can seem like the introduction of a lot of baggage: fear, disease, death.
The economic argument against contraception assumes an unnerving disregard for humanity.
Perhaps non-partisan research like this can help our country approach contraception as a health issue like any other health issue.
One of Bush’s last gifts to our nation was the Provider Conscience Rule, which protects anyone who works in a health-care facility and who doesn’t want to provide “any services or advice they find objectionable.”
In North Dakota, is it personhood or informed consent?
By requiring that a woman go through an additional medical procedure solely for the purpose of telling her what she already knows – that she’s pregnant – ultrasound bills are wasteful and offensive to medical providers.
When access to contraception is politicized, the well-being of the young adult is not the primary concern.
Who wants family planning resources, politicians or low-income American women? Tony Perkins claims that it's the former.
If the climate of the Catholic Church today were what it was in the early 20th century, might we see bishops taking steps not to limit access to abortion but rather to make their teaching on abortion more feasible for Catholics?