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This Time, It’s Personal

On Tuesday WAM! launched it’s second action this summer, taking on Clear Channel for pulling radio ads for South Wind Women’s Center, a clinic that provides comprehensive reproductive health care services, including abortion. South Wind does its work in Wichita, Kansas, which just happens to be my hometown. Wichita is a relatively small metro community in southeastern Kansas, and while it isn’t that well known, it’s had its share of newsworthy events. One of those events happened in May of 2009, just a few months before I moved to Texas. It was a Sunday morning, just before noon, May 31st, 2009, when Dr. George Tiller was assassinated in his church. He was shot in the head at point blank range. Dr. Tiller had garnered plenty of national media attention for himself and Wichita over the past few years by being one of only three doctors in the country to provided late term abortions.

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State GOP Lawmakers Wasting Taxpayer Money Passing Unconstitutional Abortion Bans

Another week, another group of Republican lawmakers prioritizing controlling women over working on the real issues of our day all while burning through our hard earned cash to do it. The next time some state official tells you there’s no money for more police officers in Ohio or teachers in North Dakota ask them how […]

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The Other Clinics: WWWD?

Why is it that so many legislators in Texas, Virginia, Alabama, and other states care so much about women’s health that they have taken time from their busy schedules to pass legislation to protect women from unsafe abortions?  The legislation, cloned from state to state, requires abortion clinics to meet the same very stringent criteria as […]

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Tom Corbett: Bad Pa. Governor or Worst Pa. Governor Ever?

Believe what people tell you, because people show you who they are everyday. No need for in-depth analysis, what people do shows you who they are. The actions of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett clearly tell us who he is.  When he and his cronies were saying that Pennsylvania would be like Saudi Arabia, he was […]

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Angelina Jolie’s Decision

When I read about Angelina Jolie’s announcement this week, I cringed. I have greatly admired her willingness to speak out on important issues over the years. Her public announcement about her mastectomies will certainly reassure some women that losing a breast to breast cancer isn’t quite as frightening as it had once seemed. But Ms. […]

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What Does Being Emotionally Healthy Look Like?

I know that when my heart was broken, or when I didn’t get the grant I had worked so hard on, or even when my feelings weren’t taken seriously, I hid my hurt. I tried to perfect.

What I had learned over the years is that sadness was a weakness and it was best to look poised rather than bruised or irritable.

Best to seem healthier or present a plastic version than to reveal the real, hurting version of myself.

Best to pick up and move on, throw myself into work, signal to the outside world an image of strength and charm.

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Breast implants as therapy? Not so much

Editor’s Note The Breast Implant Information Project is a project of the National Research Center for Women & Families. The project provides info that women need about breast implants, based on the latest research and talking to thousands of women with implants. Dr Diana Zuckerman, President of the National Reseach Center for Women & Families […]

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Then and Now: The impact of the ACA on women’s healthcare, three years later

March 23, 2013 marks the third anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and presents us with a great opportunity to look back at the YWCA’s involvement in its passage, what the law means now to millions of women and families throughout the U.S., and what is still needed to ensure equal access to affordable, […]

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Even at the Catholic University of America, We Need Birth Control

As a reproductive justice advocate at one of the most conservative colleges in the country (that is The Catholic University of America) the last few years have been nothing short of challenging. Figuring out how to get around the no condoms policy, being slut-shamed by a doctor at my campus health center, getting my favorite […]

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Perfecting Bodies Through Chemistry?

Do you like your body?   If there was a simple way to change it, with no risks, would you do it? If making that change meant you would put your health at risk and have multiple surgeries for the rest of your life, would you hesitate? Most women say they don’t like their bodies, and […]

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