Lon Newman has spent the majority of his professional life advocating for the reproductive rights of Wisconsin women and their families. He is currently Executive Director of Family Planning Health Services in Central Wisconsin. A 2004 Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership awardee, Lon opened the only contraceptive drive up window in Wisconsin in 2005 (one of only three in the United States). He has worked diligently to further the reproductive health and well being of Wisconsin families for over 20 years. His energy and commitment does not diminish as he continues to advocate locally, regionally and nationally for confidential accessible high quality reproductive health care.
Victims and witnesses to reproductive coercion, intimidation, and bullying must try to speak up, seek help, or intervene as the situation requires. When it comes to public and political behavior, calling reproductive coercion what it is the first step to ending it.
With the rejection of the “Personhood Amendment” in Mississippi and the rejection of Measure 3 in North Dakota, we see proof that Americans have a profound respect for religious freedom as the founders intended it.
Let us call upon Cardinal Dolan, the USCCB, and their political allies to practice what they preach. Eliminating public funds and taxpayer support for organizations criminally convicted of protecting child predators will prove they are standing on principle.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, in a March 16th Milwaukee Journal Sentinel opinion column, correctly characterizes the contraceptive insurance coverage debate. He says: “This is first and foremost a matter of religious liberty for all.” But fact is that when it comes to religious freedom, he’s against it.
Those of us who revere the constitution and the individual right to exercise freedom of religion enabled by the separation of church and state must stop the mass media procession that is now engaged in a responsive reading from the archbishop’s hymnal. These sounds you hear are not the chimes of freedom.
The president of Catholics for Choice, explores the political power and hierarchy of the Catholic Church, pointing to three questions on which to evaluate the Bishops' lobbying efforts and policy recommendations.
Lon Newman, executive director of Family Planning Health Services in Central Wisconsin responds to Juneau County District Attorney Scott Southworth's recent assertion that teaching sex ed is "advocating" for teen sex.
Public policy on sex, sexuality and reproduction in a pluralistic society must be based on evidence, science, justice, reason and civil discourse. So when the Catholic Bishops or others throw a political tantrum, we must never reward them.
The focus of this Congress, along with the presidential administration, must be on creating down-to-earth reproductive health care policy, instead of being swayed by battles over who holds the higher moral ground.
If new HHS regulations are adopted, family planning service providers could be forced to hire people who have moral objections to contraception and would be unable to discipline employees who refuse to provide birth control.
Spring break is a good time for anti-abortion advocates and supporters of comprehensive sex education alike to call for sexual responsibility. Perhaps we can agree to exercise responsibility in our advertising too -- then groups like Pro-Life Wisconsin wouldn't run false and misleading ads about emergency contraception.
Family planning advocates continue promoting common sense prevention solutions to intentionally avoid unplanned pregnancies. You can help by writing your Congressman about important changes to birth control pricing on campuses nationwide.
Want to see the number of unintended pregnancies reduced? Here are four easy ways to ensure family planning wins when Congress reconciles House and Senate versions of the Children's Health and Medicare Protection Act.