Tina Fey Has Had it Up To Here With 'Grey-Faced Men' Telling Women What…

Tina Fey gave a rousing, appropriately angry speech at the Center for Reproductive Rights Gala last night during which she decried the "grey-faced men" with "$2 haircuts" trying to define rape for all the simple minded ladies of America. Here's a clip from her speech, which I kind of wish came in necklace form. In… » 10/25/12 3:40pm 10/25/12 3:40pm

Getting Your Tubes Tied Is a Giant Pain in the Ass

For women who know deep down that they never want children, that hell no response to the thought of motherhood endures long after the echoes of a temper tantrum in the candy aisle at Target subside. But women who want to be sterilized often face obstacles that aren't present for other medical procedures — obnoxious,… » 7/09/12 11:40am 7/09/12 11:40am

Forcibly Sterilized by the State of North Carolina? Too Bad, Say Senate…

A plan to compensate some of the estimated 7,600 victims of the state of North Carolina's forced sterilization program has been stalled in the state's Senate by Republicans who are terribly, terribly sorry that it happened, but who just don't understand how money will help solve anything. There there, now. Please… » 6/21/12 4:40pm 6/21/12 4:40pm

North Carolina Passes Bill Granting Reparations to Victims of Forced…

The North Carolina General Assembly recently passed the first bill that will grant reparations of $50,000 to victims who underwent forced sterilization within the state between 1929 and 1974. This is the first step in recognizing a very dark mark on American history, however victims, such as 58-year-old Elaine… » 5/31/12 10:45pm 5/31/12 10:45pm

University of Notre Dame is Fightin' Contraception Access in Giant…

We all knew it was coming; what's surprising is that it took this long. The University of Notre Dame and a parade of other religious organizations have filed several lawsuits against the US Department of Health and Human Services today, alleging that a new Preventative Care Mandate in the Affordable Care Act that… » 5/21/12 4:30pm 5/21/12 4:30pm

Womb-Stealing All the Rage in Uzbekistan

A BBC investigation has uncovered a massive government-mandated program that forced doctors to sterilize women in Uzbekistan without their knowledge or consent. Tens of thousands of women have been affected, with no end in sight. But doctors aren't just sneaking into women's houses at night and stealthily making off… » 4/12/12 2:50pm 4/12/12 2:50pm

North Carolina May Pay Forced-Sterilization Victims $50,000

A task force convened by North Carolina governor Beverly Perdue has spent months debating what the state should do for the 1,500-2,000 living victims of its forced sterilization program, which targeted poor, black, and disabled residents all the way up into the seventies. Now, the task force has recommended that each… » 1/11/12 6:05pm 1/11/12 6:05pm

Peruvian Government Accused Of Secretly Sterilizing Thousands Of Women

Hundreds of women in Peru who believe they're infertile may actually be the victims of a horrible government policy that led to them being sterilized. The country's attorney general says there are about 2,000 documented cases of women who had their tubes tied without their consent under a program meant to provide… » 11/18/11 5:00pm 11/18/11 5:00pm

Horrifying State-Sponsored Eugenics Program Forcibly Sterilized…

From the 1920's to the late 1970's, the state of North Carolina forcibly sterilized 7,600 people. Most of them were poor women, and a disproportionate number of them were black. At the time, the government justified the surgeries as in the best interest of the state, as those sterilized were classified as "feeble… » 11/07/11 2:00pm 11/07/11 2:00pm

Why Do So Many New Mothers Choose Sterilization?

New mothers interested in long term birth control typically have two options after giving birth. One is completely reversible and renewable every 5 to 10 years, the other is permanent, more expensive, and difficult to reverse. It seems that, for women in a position to choose, the . Why, then, do so many women opt for… » 8/27/11 11:35am 8/27/11 11:35am

Woman Sterilized Against Her Will Awaits Reparations

In 1968, Elaine Riddick was sterilized against her will after a c-section to deliver her first and only child. She was just fourteen years old. Now she's fighting to receive compensation as a victim of North Carolina's Eugenics Board, which sterilized thousands of women, disproportionately black, on such grounds as… » 8/15/11 4:45pm 8/15/11 4:45pm

Having Kids: Sometimes The Answer Is Just "No"

My friend Jamie* wants you to know she doesn't hate children. That's not why, at age 24, she decided to get sterilized. She's "just always known" she didn't want to have kids herself; she says, "I think it's just something you can know." She's also aware that not everyone understands why a woman her age would want… » 7/30/08 4:00pm 7/30/08 4:00pm