02A. Gynecology and Obstetrics. Reproductive Rights; Abortion Rights. Menstruation

"the pill"

[This section covers Menstruation.  For Period Poverty, see Section 15, Women and Poverty, Homelessness, Period Poverty.]

2A.  Gynecology and Obstetrics.  Reproductive Rights; Abortion Rights. Menstruation

“Abortion on demand and without apology.” “If you care about the half of humanity that is born female…”

With Woman
“… birth workers and activists, focused on the pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding concerns of women. Sex-based language is important due to sex-based oppression.”


Woman must have her freedom, the fundamental freedom of choosing whether or not she will be a mother and how many children she will have. Regardless of what man’s attitude may be, that problem is hers — and before it can be his, it is hers alone. She goes through the vale of death alone, each time a babe is born. As it is the right neither of man nor the state to coerce her into this ordeal, so it is her right to decide whether she will endure it.” 
Margaret Sanger

19 States Attorneys General.  “Comments opposing the Department of Health and Human Services’ proposed rule, HIPAA Privacy Rule To Support Reproductive Health Care Privacy." 
Letter to Xavier Becerra, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Re: RIN Number 0945–AA20, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, HIPAA Privacy Rule To Support Reproductive Health Care Privacy, 88 Fed. Reg. 23506 (Apr. 17, 2023)

Natasha Chart. “How a decade of Democratic delusions failed women on abortion: From Obama and the ACA to modern gender ideology, Democrats have repeatedly sold out women to the highest bidder.” [2022]

Nolan Dorn, Veronica Barreto, McKenzie Johnson.  “Nebraska legislature passes abortion, gender-affirming surgery bans.” [2023]

Jane Egerton.  “Women and the religious right in the USA.” [2022]

Huma Farid, M.D.  "Period equity: What it is and why it matters.”[2021]

Jill Filipovic.  “Texas has betrayed women: The abortion bill is a humiliating act of misogyny.”

Tanya Gold.  "The deadly omertà of childbirth: Why aren't women allowed to talk about how dangerous reproduction can be?" [2020]

Lynn Goldstein and Marty Abrams.  “The overturning of Roe v. Wade undermines the right to privacy.”  [2022]

Judith Green.  “Health care is a human right.” [2020]

Thom Hartman. “Is the right to contraception about to end in America?” [2022]

Laura Jarrett.  “How one judge could throw abortion pill access into question nationwide:  An anti-abortion group has asked a federal district judge in Texas to order the FDA to pull a pill used in medication abortions off the market.”  [2023]

Ken Klippenstein.  "The FBI is hunting a new domestic terror threat: Abortion rights activists: After GOP pressure, FBI abortion “terrorism” investigations increased tenfold, government data shows.” [2023]

Natasha Lennard.  "Abortion rights activists face attack from DeSantis and conspiracy lawsuit — for spray painting : The absurd RICO allegations come after the Biden administration hit the activists with federal charges that carry a 12-year sentence.”

Danielle Letenyei.  “Chicago businessman Barre Seid's net worth may be in the billions.”  [2022]

Kamala Lopez.  “Elizabeth Cady Stanton Trust files ERA lawsuits to save women’s rights: ‘By declaring the ERA’s validity, this Court will prevent the Supreme Court from overruling Roe and protect women’s basic human right to control their own lives,’ attorneys wrote in each of the three complaints.”

Chris Marr. “Last-minute bid to save right to abortion comes via ERA lawsuits.” [2022]

Lynn M. Paltrow, Jeanne Flavin. “Arrests of and forced interventions on pregnant women in the United States, 1973–2005: Implications for women's legal status and public health.” [2013]  Extensive references.

John Russell.  “AGs demand Biden administration allow them to keep access to out-of-state medical records: The Republicans say they need access to out-of-state medical records to enforce state bans on abortion and gender-affirming care.”  [2023]Republican

Abigail Shrier. “Inside Planned Parenthood's gender factory: An ex-reproductive health assistant speaks out.”  [2021]

Vanitha N. Sivalingam, W. Colin Duncan, Emma Kirk, Lucy A. Shehard, and Andrew W. Horne.  "Diagnosis and management of ectopic pregnancy." [2011]

Victoria Smith.  "How disastrous births haunt women: Mothers are still mocked for wanting control.” [2023]

Sonia Sodha.  “Women must be allowed to defend abortion as a sex-based right.” [2022]

Tessa Stuart. “The Catholic  Church is bankrolling a nationwide assault  on women’s rights.” [2022]

Peg Tittle.  “Sterilization: The personal and the political.”  [2023]

Alex Turner-Cohen. “Margaret Atwood draws parallels between The Handmaid’s Tale and US after Roe v Wade overturned.” [2022]

Brett Wilkins.  "Texas abortion ban turned one woman's pregnancy Into a 'dystopian nightmare.' [2022]

Poppy Wood.  "Protesters march through London demanding overhaul of Victorian abortion laws after Carla Foster sentencing: Labour MP Stella Creasy told i[news] that the significant turnout to the march ‘shows women aren’t prepared to accept to the possibility of prosecution hanging over their right to choose.’"

The World Bank.  “Menstural health and hygiene.”  [2022]


… it is unthinkable to allow complete strangers, whether individually or collectively as state legislators or others in government, to make such personal decisions for someone else. 
― Sarah Weddington, A Question of Choice

Ann Menasche, civil rights attorney.  "The erasure of women as a sex class: Interview on Fran Luck’s 'Joy of Resistance' show, Radio Station WBAI [New York City]" 11.17.22.      RADIO INTERVIEW

Wendy Murphy.  "Here’s why Roe overturn is “devastating” for women." [2022]
https://archive.ph/wip/ZICUF   VIDEO

They’re not pro-life. You know what they are? They’re anti-woman. Simple as it gets, anti-woman. They don’t like them. They don’t like women. They believe a woman’s primary role is to function as a brood mare for the state. 
― George Carlin

Rachel Maddow, MSNBC.  "Republican attorneys general demand access to out-of-state abortion medical records.”  [2023]  VIDEO

Reproductive freedom is critical to a whole range of issues. If we can’t take charge of this most personal aspect of our lives, we can’t take care of anything. It should not be seen as a privilege or as a benefit, but a fundamental human right. 
― Faye Wattleton

Leslie J. Reagan.  When abortion was a crime: Women, medicine, and law in the United States, 1867-1973.  [2022]  BOOK

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