Reproductive rights

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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What is the world coming to?

By Omar

So as I turn on the TV and turn to the local news channel, I see that the House of Representatives passed the H.R 358 bill that would allow doctors to deny a woman an abortion even if she would die without it.

I think this bill should not pass all the way because if […]

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Prime Time Win

By Chelsea

A few weeks ago, ABC premiered the first episode of the new Grey’s Anatomy season. In this particular episode one of the main characters, Christina, decided to have an abortion. At first, she had only the support of her best friend. Her choice put a lot of tension and strain on her relationship with […]

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