Reproductive rights

Louisiana Charter School Prohibits Pregnant Females From Continuing Education

By Megan

As I was reading through the blog, Feministing.com, I ran across a headline that really shocked me. “Louisiana charter school totally illegally kicks out students for becoming pregnant.” My first thought was, “How is this possible?” I’ve seen a handful of pregnant females at my Bronx high school; I’ve seen them all 9 months throughout their pregnancy, and still, I see them after they give birth finishing high school. […]

IUD Teen Night

Below are two Peer Leader’s’ posts about TORCH Teen Night with special a focus on the IUD! The event took place on April 19th:

After planning for various days at Torch, the IUD teen night event was a success. Even though we expected more people than the people who attended, we got the purpose across which was to inform teens about the IUD and the myths that come from the media which limits TEENS to access this type of birth control. […]

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Lobby Day

By Theresa

Last week on Tuesday April, 17, I went up to Albany with other TORCH Peer Leaders to lobby for reproductive rights. It was my first time lobbying in Albany and meeting with pro-choice elected officials. Our goal was to get these elected officials to support the passage of the Reproductive Health Act. The Reproductive […]

Are Human Rights Negotiable?

By Amy

Culture is not an excuse for human rights violations. Practices like female genital mutilation (FGM), where young females’ clitorises are removed or vagina sealed, are practiced in many African and Middle Eastern countries. Advocates for these practices claim that FGM is a cultural and religious practice that has been performed for so many years and has become a tradition. These cultures and religions value premarital virginity and consider FGM part of proper female upbringing. The question now is, do people who are not part of the cultures have a right to interfere with traditional practices? […]

Teen Night

By Theresa

Back Up Your Birth Control Teen Night was great! A night for teens to learn about the many different types of contraception out there and how effective they are.

On February 8, 2012, me, Sheniece, Tamara, and Brandon hosted the 2nd annual Back Up Your Birth Control Teen Night. The highlight of the event was […]

Plan B for all

By Sheniece

I think that Plan B should be available over the counter for people of all ages. It’s important that people have access to emergency contraception so that they would not get into any situations like unplanned pregnancy. Giving all people access to Plan B would not promote careless behavior. People would more likely […]

Nobody is Pro-Abortion

By Morgan

To be pro-choice is not to be pro-abortion. There is no such thing as pro-abortion.

When a husband takes his comatose wife off of life support, that does not mean he wants her to die. When a mother takes care of her sick child, that does not mean she derives pleasure from the vomit of her kin. Every day, people do things that are hard for them, things that they don’t want to have to do, things that make them question their moral codes and their priorities. Every day, people have to make decisions that impinge on their lives not just for that day, but the entirety of their lives. These decisions, within the parameters of the law, are our own prerogatives, as we are the only ones who are equipped to understand our very own unique circumstances.

Abortion is not something that anybody enjoys or takes pleasure in, but are a necessary reality nonetheless. Abortions are personal, emotional, and pragmatic. Abortions have to do with quality of life, both for the pregnant women and for the zygotes that are provided with the controversial fate of never being given life, versus being given a life that won’t be able to treat them well, and that might not allow them to thrive.

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Urgent help needed: protect the future of working women

By Sheniece

Call The White House Today:

Support Access to Birth Control for All Women

Health care reform will let many women access birth control without copay.

But women whose bosses oppose birth control are at risk of having that coverage taken away.

Call The White House Today!

Dial (202) 456-1111 right now.

Here’s your message:

“I am calling regarding the […]

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Why Blame Us?

The following is a letter that Omar submitted to the Daily News in response to an editorial they published about the high rates of teen pregnancy in the Bronx.

By Omar

A new study reports that teens in the Bronx have high pregnancy and STI rates, even though they have the same amount of sex as teens […]

Cat Calls Suck

By Sophia

I was on the way to school this morning, minding my own business, coffee in hand, when out of a parked car came two craned necks, two guys nearly breaking their backs to get a good look of my butt.  Great.  I love feeling like a sexual object.

This isn’t unusual at all, since I deal with it almost everyday, and so do most women and girls.  It has become an awful fact of my daily life – no matter what I am wearing, I will always garner unsolicited male attention.  It is more than just a quiet humiliation – often, it is very obvious, and other people on the street may notice it.  A look or a whistle is incredibly damaging for me – all I want to do is scream in the guy’s face, but that wouldn’t do much.  This kind of behavior stems from societal values, bred-in-the-bone ideas that have been around since biblical times, which say that women are sexual objects, and should be treated as such.  How do we even begin to reverse this kind of behavior?

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