For Women of Color, the ‘Healthcare Gap’ is Real and Deadly

For Women of Color, the ‘Healthcare Gap’ is Real and Deadly

International Women’s Day, observed each year on March 8, is supposed to be about celebrating the achievements of women worldwide. But some of the stories that connect us aren’t a cause for celebration. For example, African-American women share a similar fate as women...
America’s Killer Prisons

America’s Killer Prisons

I get a lot of letters from people who’ve been incarcerated, or are now. Legally I can’t respond directly, because I’m an ex-con myself: I was locked up after blowing the whistle on the CIA’s illegal and immoral torture program. Direct contact with current and former...

U.S. Ordered to Halt Linking Aid to Anti-Prostitution Oath

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a decade-long practise under which the government linked global HIV/AIDS funding to a controversial requirement that organisations explicitly state their opposition to prostitution. The court’s decision to overturn the...
A Deceptive Win on Plan B for Women

A Deceptive Win on Plan B for Women

Good news for advocates of sensible birth control policy: The Obama administration announced that it’s dropping the fight to impose an age restriction on sales of Plan B One-Step, the emergency contraception pill. Reproductive rights advocates are celebrating...
Why Women Love John Roberts

Why Women Love John Roberts

The unprecedented attack on women’s health hit a roadblock on June 27, when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, effectively upholding the entire law. It was a big win for women. In upholding Obama’s...
A More Meaningful Mother’s Day Gift

A More Meaningful Mother’s Day Gift

Americans love Mother’s Day. We love it so much that we’re collectively shelling out about $19 billion this year on gifts, special meals, and cards. But when it comes to educating our kids about how most women become mothers, we’re much less...

The Abortion War Cranks Up

America recorded 1.2 million abortions in 2008. While this sounds like a lot, the availability of birth control and sex education has greatly reduced the U.S. abortion rate over the years. So has the invention of new post-sex “Plan B” drugs. Europe boasts...

Curing AIDS Policy of Greed and Dogma

A whole generation into the AIDS pandemic, we now have significant (though still insufficient) knowledge of how to combat the disease. But while the world’s collective understanding is gradually advancing, U.S. AIDS policy remains mired in a right-wing economic...