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Hobby Lobby Ruling Denies Black Women Reproductive Justice

Published Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Throughout our history, black women across the country have felt the enduring sting of men controlling their reproductive freedom, infringing on their right to have or not have a child and access to birth control, and using religion as a basis for that control. A long history of denial of the right of black women to make decisions about their own more»

What We Stand to Lose

Published Thursday, April 3, 2014

In the 41 years that have passed since the Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade, state legislatures have chipped away at the landmark decision that legalized a woman’s right to choose.


Reproductive Justice Advocates: Donít Roll Back Sterilization Consent Rules

Published Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Women of color created and defined the concept of reproductive justice, which is firmly rooted in a human rights framework that supports the ability of all women to make and direct their own reproductive decisions.


25 Women To Know: Healthcare Crusaders

Published Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Byllye Yvonne Avery is a health care activist who has worked to improve the lives of African-American women for over 30 years.


Eleanor Hinton Hoytt: African-Americans Want Access To, Not Judgment On, Reproductive Health Care

Published Sunday, March 31, 2013

A lot of progress has taken place over the past 100 years, but none has been as central to improving the lives of women and their families as access to safe and effective reproductive health care. Ironically, in many communities, we are still fighting to gain access to such basic care.


The Imperative Acknowledges American Diabetes Association Alert Day!

Published Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Today March 26, 2013, the Imperative acknowledges American Diabetes Association Alert Day!.  Alert Day! is a one day “wake up call” to encourage everyone to learn more about seriousness of diabetes, explore your family health history, and find out you can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.


We Salute A Women's Health Warrior

Published Friday, March 8, 2013

On February 28, 2013,  women's health warrior, Gwen Braxton was laid to rest.


New Study Shows African-Americans Reject Right-Wing Position On Choice

Published Friday, March 8, 2013

Veteran women’s health advocate, Eleanor Hinton Hoytt, President and CEO of the Black Women’s Health Imperative, told PRA: “This is the first time we have the evidence to definitively state: Black people support the full range of reproductive rights including abortion. The study also makes clear, regardless of class status, the majority of African-Americans believe that public funding should be available for abortion care.”


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