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Abortion Procedures in Texas

There is a dangerous experiment in women’s reproductive health happening in Texas this year. There were more restrictions placed on abortion procedures and operating sites in that state between 2011 and 2013 than in the decade preceding it combined.   As a result, a mere 44 clinics remain open in Texas, a number that could [...]

Abortion Rights in Spain

The fight for women’s rights is truly an international one, and in some regions, we’ve been faring very well. Although abortion rights for women has been a difficult world to navigate here in the United States, progressive governments across Europe have acknowledged the right of women to decide what happens to their child and body. [...]

Federal Payments for Abortion Services

Here at South Avenue Women’s Services, we know how important it is to enter the fray in the current battle being waged over women’s rights. For more than 100 years, different parties in our country have debated reproductive rights, and aside from a few landmark victories, it has been a long road for women to [...]

A War on Women in 2014

Just yesterday, much of the nation commemorated the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision, Roe v. Wade. While many of us celebrated the decision as a monumental step forward in terms of equality and the total right for a woman to choose what to do with her own body, others were not so [...]

We Must Fight the Good Fight in 2014

When it comes to freedom, or the idea of it, 2013 was a complicated and terrifying year, to say the least. Between Edward Snowden and the NSA controversy, our basic rights have been put under the bureaucratic microscope and the results don’t look pretty. Are we free or are we not? Do we have control [...]

Protecting Peace Corps women in the event of rape

The three goals of the Peace Corps are as follows: helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women, helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of peoples served and helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans. Those are certainly [...]

The abortion law seesaw? Different states, different measures

Abortion law in America is a seesaw, one end goes up and the other goes down. In other words, as one state enforces stricter abortion laws (such as Kansas and North Dakota), a prochoice state will step up to the plate and grant more freedom to women and greater access to abortion providers. Recently, it [...]

Sam Brownback’s “feritlization” anti-abortion bill

On the governor’s desk is an anti-abortion bill. Handwritten on the top of the bill is the message: “JESUS + Mary.” With that message on his mind, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback smiles and signs the bill. Much of the legislation will take effect in July, including a ban on sex-selection abortions and declaring that life [...]

Abortion clinics should be clean and safe

In Philadelphia, Dr. Kermit Gosnell is on trial for the death of Karnamaya Mongar, a female patient, and seven babies allegedly born alive.   In 2010, DEA and FBI raided Gosnell’s clinic on a search for drug violation, but what they found was far worse. Like a scene out of a horror movie, agents discovered [...]

Paul Ryan Tries to Win Over Pro-Choice Supporters

Former vice presidential nominee and current member of congress Paul Ryan is trying to bridge the gap between pro-choice and pro-life supporters. Both a social and fiscal conservative, Ryan is one of the leading voices on the pro-life side of the debate. This past week, he took steps to encourage his supporters to reach out [...]