Posts By: Terry O'Neill

One in Three Women?

“One in three women?” That’s what guest moderator Frank Sesno asked me when I appeared on the Diane Rehm Show last week to talk about the recent outrageous and dangerous attacks on Planned Parenthood. He was surprised to learn that one in three women in the U.S. will have an abortion by age 45. Here’s… Read more »

Two Million Voices Ring Out for Social Security Expansion — And That’s Just the Beginning!

Yesterday I stood in front of the White House along with Reps. John Conyers (D-MI) and Donna Edwards (D-MD), leaders of the Economic Policy Institute, MoveOn, Democracy for America and other allies to deliver a petition signed by over 2 million Americans in support of expanding Social Security. The petition drive was co-sponsored by more… Read more »

Abortion Rights Are Human Rights

As I’ve written here before, when I talk about abortion I call it abortion care — because that’s what it is. Abortion is essential, effective medical care. During the debate over health care reform, we often heard that health care is a basic human right. That’s true — and just as true is the fact that… Read more »

The Perils of Politicizing Breast Cancer

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There’s nothing to be gained by politicizing women’s health, but there’s a lot to lose.

Consider this: Two years ago, the Susan G. Komen Foundation walked into a hornet’s nest when it did something that was fundamentally opposed to its mission. It jumped into a controversy that was all about politics and nothing about breast cancer patients and survivors.

Why Transphobia Is a Feminist Issue

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We used to hear the saying, “As General Motors goes, so goes the nation,” but to gauge where we stand and where we’re going as a society, maybe we should substitute “Netflix” for the automaker’s name.

Consider the case of transgender rights. This is a landscape that is rapidly changing, breaking convention, busting stereotypes and forcing new ways of thinking on large segments of the population.

Am I Not Also My Sister’s Keeper?

Clearly, it is past time to refocus the nation’s attention on our deep racial disparities in housing, economic well-being, education and health care. But it turns out that the MBK initiative is only for boys and young men of color. That’s a problem for anyone who cares about gender and racial justice.