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Over the last few years, Republicans and anti-abortion groups have made great gains in stigmatizing abortion and limiting women’s access to the full range of reproductive health care. There is an urgent need for a new vision of women's health that includes full access to reproductive services, including abortion.
A Roadmap to Defining and Winning the Real Abortion Debate: Prevention vs. Punishment
Lisa Littman suggests that the real abortion debate is about differing approaches to unintended pregnancy on the part of progressives and conservatives.
It's Not Just Abortion, Stupid: Progressives and Abortion
Many progressives are now undergoing a reevaluation of the “costs” of a commitment to abortion rights. Abortion can best be defended if it is framed as one element of a larger platform of sexual and reproductive rights and services. There exists now a powerful opening to expose the hypocrisy of “family values” conservatives who seek to withhold from working Americans virtually all that they need—contraception, meaningful sex education, health care for the uninsured, living wages, affordable childcare, as well as abortion care—to raise healthy families. This piece is reprinted from the Winter 2005 issue of Dissent.
High in the Andes: The Ministry of Reproductive Rights
Dr. Pablo Rodriguez reflects on his provision of abortion in an unnamed Latin American country. Introduction by Carole Joffe.
Editorials on Reproductive Rights from "Contraception"
A broad reframing of reproductive rights is a major project of the Longview Institute. We agree with many other progressive groups that the reproductive freedom movement has been losing the battle of language to the Right, and that this movement urgently needs to re-articulate a vision that resonates with more Americans. To further this goal, Longview Fellows and staff have been holding a series of very fruitful discussions on this topic with researchers from the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF).
Sex, Politics and Markets
Markets aren't free when they are constrained by conservative ideology, argue Carole Joffe and Felicia Stewart, M.D.
Reproductive Rights Overview
Roe v. Wade at 30
Carole Joffe describes the current state of abortion provision.
Does Liberalism Cause Sex
In this 1996 article, Kristin Luker and Jane Mauldon addresses the conservative view of teens and sexuality.

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