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A Showdown Year for Reproductive Rights

Nina Martin ProPublica
Two potentially sweeping Supreme Court cases set the stage for a seismic shift in the battle over abortion and contraception.

For Undocumented Women Seeking Reproductive Healthcare, Policing and Politics Create a Maze of Barriers

Xatherin Gonzalez Bitch Media Bitch Magazine
National discussion about access to reproductive healthcare remains a hot topic, like the most-recent campaign to defund Planned Parenthood based on a falsified video that is supposed to show that the organization is “selling baby parts.” High stakes and numerous hurdles that undocumented immigrants face to get basic care often remain out of the spotlight. there are literal borders set in place that prevent many immigrants from accessing federally funded clinics.

Reproducing State Violence: Planned Parenthood, the Hyde Amendment and Indigenous Struggle

Kelly Hayes Truthout
Reproductive care has always been a complex topic for people of color in the United States. Since the beginnings of colonization - through the horrors of slavery and the forced sterilization efforts of the last century - our ability to control whether or not we bring life into the world and how we are allowed to interact with our offspring once they are born has been either challenged or completely wrenched from our grasp.

Four Things the Government Should Defund Instead of Planned Parenthood

Sarah Mirk Bitch Media Bitch Magazine
The fact that a majority of representatives in Congress don’t accept abortion as an essential part of reproductive healthcare makes millions of Americans say, “Really? Is this still the conversation we’re having?” It's like we haven’t moved forward in 40 years—not since Congress passed the Hyde Amendment in 1976, banning Medicaid from covering the cost of abortions. Access to abortion and reproductive healthcare isn’t something that should be a luxury for the rich.

Planned Parenthood Is Right to Supply Fetal Tissue

Mark Joseph Stern Slate
A woman’s decision to donate her aborted fetus to medical research—and Planned Parenthood’s willingness to transfer the fetal material—is deeply commendable. No woman is eager to have an unwanted pregnancy, but if she decides to terminate it, Planned Parenthood can help turn her misfortune into a mitzvah. That is not an act of killing. It is an act of altruism.

Dr. Cheryl Chastine of South Wind Women’s Center Talks Reproductive Justice and Not Backing Down

Renee Bracey Sherman RH Reality Check
Dr. Cheryl Chastine represents the future of abortion care; she infuses reproductive justice values and transgender patient care into her practice. She has given up a lot, personally and professionally, to provide care to her patients, but she refuses to back down due to threats or intimidation. She fights back by providing the best possible care to her patients.
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