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Will Fundamental Rights or Fundamentalism Prevail in the Health Care Battle?

| December 21, 2009

Shortly after midnight, Senate Democrats amassed the 60 votes necessary to pass a key test for health care legislation, but only after bowing to demands on abortion coverage that threaten women’s health and well-being. More »

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend Calls on Progressive Catholics to Resist Pressure from Bishops on Abortion

| December 16, 2009

At a critical moment for health care reform, Townsend says it is essential for religious progressives to speak up. More »

Morituri te Salutant: On a “Surge” in Afghanistan

| December 8, 2009

The author, an expert on parliamentary diplomacy, says we must focus today on a strengthened political process to successfully end international military engagement in Afghanistan—and that process must respect the rights of women. More »

Health Care Reform: Pro-choice Forces Win the First Round in the Senate

| November 23, 2009

Senate Democrats held firm to allow debate to begin on a health care bill that avoids the abortion restrictions of the House-passed measure—and pro-choice activists are mobilizing to keep the heat on. But there are many hurdles ahead. More »

Global Gender Gap Report: Some Gains in Africa

Global Gender Gap Report: Some Gains in Africa

| November 18, 2009

In its country-by-country index comparing the status of men and women, the World Economic Forum finds that Nordic countries remain highest on the equity scale. Here, the co-founder of the Council of Women World Leaders explains the study and its importance to women and girls. More »

Sarah Palin Is on the Road Again, But to Where?

Sarah Palin Is on the Road Again, But to Where?

| November 16, 2009

Sarah Palin is back in the news, with an appearance on Oprah and a tour to promote her autobiography that can’t fail to excite her supporters. But can she move beyond her base to become a viable candidate again for national office? More »

Will Progressive Groups Help Feminists Stop Stupak?

| November 13, 2009

After the shocking setback in the House for abortion rights, women’s rights groups turned their attention to the Senate, which could begin debate on health care reform next week. More »

The Democrats’ Dilemma: Their Own Trojan Horse Kicks Free

| November 12, 2009

Democratic leaders have said that the turn-around on abortion contained in the House health-reform bill will not appear in the final version. The author, a Women’s Media Center board member and former president ofPlanned Parenthood Federation of America, explains here why voters who value women’s health cannot sit back and accept such assurances. More »

Taking the Fall for Health Care Reform?

| November 9, 2009

The price for health care reform in the House is women’s right to choose—and, adding insult to injury, the deal was negotiated by the first woman to serve as House speaker. More »

At the UN, Criminalizing Rape as a Weapon

At the UN, Criminalizing Rape as a Weapon

| November 3, 2009

In the last week of October, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made headlines and sparked anger in travels to Israel and Pakistan. Her role some weeks earlier was less controversial yet critically important, as she led UN diplomats forward in an action that could ease the suffering of countless women and girls living in conflict zones around the world. More »