Crossing the Intersection of Immigration and Reproductive Justice

By Negar Esfandiari and Madelyn McKeague When we think of reproductive justice, our minds tend to gravitate towards subjects like abortion rights, maternal health, and access to birth control. In Trump’s America, it’s become easy to manufacture divisions among different advocacy issues simply because everyone is fighting to make their communities visible in the face … Continued

Taking a Principled Approach to the Provision of LARCs

By Monica Simpson and Cindy Pearson There has been increased attention and funding in recent years for long-acting reversible contraceptive methods (LARCs). While LARCs are part of a well-balanced mix of contraceptive options, there are concerning practices when it comes to who is targeted for long-acting methods and the way in which counseling is provided. … Continued

Young Feminists: I Love You, Georgetown, But We Have a Problem

Georgetown University is a prestigious academic institution and home to some of the brightest minds in the United States. Like all universities, however, Georgetown has its imperfections. Perhaps its greatest fault is students’ lack of access to contraceptives on campus. Georgetown is a Jesuit institution, so the Ethical and Religious Directives of Catholic Health Care … Continued

NWHN Wishes You a Happy Women’s History Month!

“Who runs the world?” If you said anything other than “Girls!” go step outside and bring yourself up to speed, my dear Cro-Magnon. Once you’ve caught up, feel free to cheer loudly and join us in the 21st century as we celebrate Women’s History Month. That’s right! March is Women’s History Month! That means it … Continued

Be our megaphone and let your voice be heard

The war on women’s reproductive autonomy is coming to a head this year.  Two landmark Supreme Court cases will be heard in the coming weeks.  Presidential candidates are bowing to special interests. For more than 40 years, the Network’s only agenda has been to provide the information, options, and access women need to lead healthy, … Continued

Looking Forward: Challenging the Opposition to Ensure Reproductive Freedom

Make no mistake — 2016 will be a monumental year for women and reproductive rights. From grassroots mobilization efforts to remove the harmful Hyde Amendment, to the increasingly contentious presidential election in November, a new era of reproductive rights and justice is in the making. Unfortunately, this new era includes battles on issues we have … Continued

Young Feminist: Radical Feminist Dish Washing

At least twice a month, I pull on shapeless blue scrubs, pull my hair back from my face, and practice the art of radical feminism by volunteering as a doula. Patients call me their angel, their baby’s aunty, but in reality, I am really fighting a silent battle to advance women’s reproductive health rights — … Continued

Environmental Toxins Threaten Reproductive Health and Justice

Amidst the hard-fought battles to protect and expand access to basic reproductive health care, including abortion care and contraception, we don’t often stop to connect the dots between reproductive health and environmental health. This is due partly to the siloed nature of our two movements, and to the historically defensive nature of work to protect … Continued

Women Taking Abortion Pills on Their Own

When a woman in Idaho, who had taken drugs that she ordered over the Internet to end her unintended pregnancy, told a friend about what she experienced, she ended up under arrest, charged with a felony for having an illegal abortion. When a woman in Mexico suspects she might be pregnant when she doesn’t want … Continued

NWHN in Action – January/February 2014

Thanks to our members’ generous support, the NWHN is able to work on all fronts — advocating, collaborating, and educating in order to advance women’s health. Here are some highlights of our work in the last few months: Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need What can more than 30 women from all … Continued