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Shira Saperstein Archives

Bending the Arc Toward Reproductive Justice

Pro-choice rallyAs this week marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Jessica Arons and Shira Saperstein revisit CAP’s 2006 report, “More than a Choice: A Progressive Vision for Reproductive Health & Rights.”

by Jessica Arons and Shira Saperstein | Thursday, January 24, 2013

A Right Denied: The Hyde Amendment Violates Women’s Civil Rights

Jessica Arons and Shira Saperstein explains why ending abortion funding restrictions will improve the lives of all women in the Huffington Post.

by Jessica Arons and Shira Saperstein | Tuesday, January 18, 2011

One Voice on Abortion Access

Obama and Clinton must speak with one voice on abortion access at the G-8 Summit, write Jessica Arons and Shira Saperstein.

by Shira Saperstein and Jessica Arons | Friday, June 25, 2010

An Opportunity for Obama to Take a Stand on Women’s Rights

President Obama should push for a broad progressive agenda on women’s rights at the G-8 summit this weekend, write Peter Juul and Shira Saperstein.

by Peter Juul and Shira Saperstein | Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Can You Hear Us Now?

Jessica Arons and Shira Saperstein argue that progressive leaders can only win on reproductive rights by defending them.

by Jessica Arons and Shira Saperstein | Friday, January 22, 2010

Shifting Ground

Social conservatives and progressives should concentrate on what unites us, write Jessica Arons and Shira Saperstein on the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

by Jessica Arons and Shira Saperstein | Thursday, January 22, 2009

Estranged Bedfellows

Berger and Saperstein on why the HPV vaccine debate holds important lessons for progressives about working with the private sector.

by Sam Berger and Shira Saperstein | Monday, June 25, 2007

Leaders Must Speak Clearly On Abortion

The vast majority of Americans believe abortion should be legal, at least under some circumstances. Yet many politicians who support legal abortion continue to struggle with how to articulate that support in a compelling and meaningful way — regardless of their party affiliation. Rudy Giuliani’s latest troubles in navigating that rocky terrain provide only the […]

by Jessica Arons and Shira Saperstein | Thursday, June 7, 2007

Reproductive Rights are Human Rights: Promises Unfulfilled

Countries that have agreed to adhere to international human rights guarantees must not shirk their commitment to reproductive rights.

by Jacqueline Nolley Echegaray and Shira Saperstein | Friday, December 8, 2006

World AIDS Day 2006: Progress on Microbicides

Microbicides could give women power to protect themselves from HIV/AIDS, but we must ensure we get the technology to those who need it most.

by Shira Saperstein | Friday, December 1, 2006

The Right Way to Reduce Abortion

Over the last year, many moderate and progressive politicians have begun to voice a fairly consistent message about abortion. Wanting to distance themselves from the stereotype that the “Pro-Choice” position equals “abortion on demand,” they have put forth a so-called moderate, “compromise” position: maintain Roe v. Wade but work to reduce the number of abortions […]

by Jessica Arons and Shira Saperstein | Friday, January 20, 2006

Exporting Right-Wing Ideology: World AIDS Day 2005

Once again it is World AIDS Day, a time to honor the many citizens, activists, scientists, medical professionals, NGOs and others around the world who are fighting against this terrible disease. It is too bad, then, that so many of them must fight with one hand tied behind their backs thanks to the rigid ideology […]

by Shira Saperstein | Thursday, December 1, 2005

Honoring Mrs. Griswold — “No delays, no hassles. No lectures.”

On June 7, 1965, the U.S. Supreme Court announced a critical, life-changing legal victory for women in the United States. In Griswold v. Connecticut, the Court ruled that married women have a constitutional right to privacy that allows them to obtain contraception. Ironically, forty years later, women are still fighting to exercise that right: in […]

by Shira Saperstein | Monday, June 6, 2005

Following the Leader: Why Progressives Must Not Abandon Their Commitment to Reproductive Rights

The 32nd anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision of Roe v. Wade comes at a time of intense debate about abortion, religion, sexuality, and family in American life and politics. For the last several months, the media has been pervaded by often inaccurate stories of the role that abortion and other controversial topics played in […]

by Shira Saperstein and Jessica Arons | Friday, January 21, 2005

World AIDS Day 2004: “Not Aware” Is Not an Answer

      During the October debate between vice presidential candidates Dick Cheney and John Edwards, moderator Gwen Ifill asked a question that – surprisingly — was not about Iraq, terrorism, tax cuts or the economy. She said: "I want to talk to you about AIDS, and not about AIDS in China or Africa, but […]

by Melody Barnes and Shira Saperstein | Wednesday, December 1, 2004