Honorable Mention: The Bill of Reproductive Rights

Meryl Streep says it best:  “We’ve got to do something.  Right now.  You and me.”

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Nancy Northrup from the Center for Reproductive Rights explains:

It’s time that a woman’s right to safe and accessible reproductive health care be safeguarded from the political tactics of those who seek to chip it away. It’s time for women and men to send a strong message to lawmakers across the country that we are drawing the line.

This is why today the Center has launched an innovative new campaign called DRAW THE LINE, calling on women and men across the country to fight back by signing our Bill of Reproductive Rights.

The Bill of Reproductive Rights provides an opportunity for Americans to join together and tell lawmakers that they stand strongly behind a woman’s right to safe reproductive health care. It states:

“We the people of the United States hereby assert the following as fundamental human rights that no government may deny, and that our governments at every level must guarantee and safeguard for all.

  1. The right to make our own decisions about our reproductive health and future, free from intrusion or coercion by any government, group, or individual.
  2. The right to a full range of safe, affordable, and readily accessible reproductive health care—including pregnancy care, preventive services, contraception, abortion, and fertility treatment—and accurate information about all of the above.
  3. The right to be free from discrimination in access to reproductive health care or on the basis of our reproductive decisions.”



 Author note:  ‘Honorable Mention’ is a recurring feature on this blog … a quick mention/shout-out to someone or something worth noting.


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About Caryn Riswold

Caryn D. Riswold is a feminist theologian in the Lutheran tradition. She is Professor of Religion and also teaches Gender and Women’s Studies at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois, where she has worked for over a decade teaching undergraduates to think critically and creatively about religion. She earned her Ph.D. and Th.M. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, holds a master’s degree from the Claremont School of Theology, and received her B.A. from Augustana College in her childhood hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

  • Frank

    Reproductive rights: code for “we want to be able to kill innocent life on demand but good lord we could never say that so lets come up with better terminology.”

    Thankfully the next generation sees through it!

    • Caryn Riswold

      No. That is false.

    • Joseph Luthman II

      The same way conservatives send young men to war where innocent people are killed everyday?

    • pagansister

      Seriously, Frank, the next generation sees thru “it”? Reproductive RIGHTS are just what the post says above —women have a choice to reproduce or not by using prevention methods, etc. It really has NOTHING to do with you, Frank, because if that is your name, you are male. Males have put many restriction on women for way too long, and Roe V Wade started the lessening of that situation. If enough males contributed to prevention of pregnancy (ie condoms) then perhaps there would be fewer possible terminations, huh? Or are condoms against your religion?