Jodi Jacobson

Jodi L. Jacobson is a long-time leader in the health and development community and an advocate with extensive experience in public health, gender equity, human rights, environment and demographic issues. She is currently Editor-in-Chief of RH Reality Check.

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Friday, October 14, 2011
House Passes HR 358, the "Let Women Die" Act of 2011
On Thursday, the GOP-led House of Representatives, with the blessings and encouragement of the United States Council of Catholic Bishops and extremist religious groups such as the Family Research Council, passed a bill in a vote of 251 to 172 that would , among other things, allow doctors and hospitals to "exercise their conscience" by letting pregnant women facing emergency medical conditions die.
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Tuesday, June 07, 2011
Almost Fifty Years After Griswold, We're Still Fighting for Access to Contraception
June 7th, 2011 marks the 45th anniversary of the landmark 1965 Supreme Court decision Griswold v. Connecticut , which legalized family planning and the right to individual privacy in family planning decisions. But nearly 50 years later, women in the United States can hardly find cause for celebration, because we are engaged in a full-on battle to maintain access to contraception.
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011
The Anti-Choice Movement: "Not Intended to Be Factual"
Last week, during the high-drama of the budget crisis and impending shutdown of the federal government, Senator John Kyl took to the floor of the Senate to pillory Planned Parenthood. He had no real evidence with which to do so, so like any good soldier in the ideological war on women, he just made something up, by falsely claiming that abortion is “well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does.”
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Friday, April 08, 2011
Averting a Government Shutdown? GOP Says Over Your Dead Body. And They Mean It
As of this morning, we are in a situation that could have been predicted at least two months ago when the first loud whispers of government shutdown became routine among members of the GOP/Tea Party in Congress, a situation that became a virtual certainty after a rally last week in which Tea Party members shouted like drunken frat boys to "shut it down."
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011
South Dakota Bill Could Legitimize Murder of Abortion Providers
If you had any doubt that we are moving toward a hate-filled, vigilante society, you now have an unequivocal answer. Scott Roeder claimed justifiable homicide in the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in his church vestibule.
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Friday, February 04, 2011
Protecting Life? New Bill Says Its OK to Let Women Die
One hundred members of Congress (so far) have cosponsored a bill introduced by far right Congressman Joe Pitts (R-PA) called the "Protect Life Act." (Check here to see if yours is one of them.)
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Thursday, November 04, 2010
No Anti-Choice Mandate, But Don't Worry, They'll Make One Up
Tuesday's election did not, in my reading of polls, votes and analyses, represent an anti-choice mandate, an anti-health reform mandate, nor an anti-environment mandate. But don't worry, that won't stop anti-choice, anti-health care, climate-change-denialist politicians from "creating" said mandates both in their rhetoric and in their actions. And it won't stop groups with huge sums of undisclosed corporate money from funding campaigns on these issues to distract from the reality of what is happening in the United States: increasing inequality, eroding wages an
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Reproductive Justice Organizations Denounce Anti-Choice 'Freedom Rides,' Plan Counter-Rally
Three Atlanta-based women of color organizations say that a billboard campaign in Atlanta lanched by anti-choice organizations, along with so-called "freedom rides" scheduled this summer are "no more than a ploy to turn back the clock on Black women's right to reproductive freedom."
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009
The Obama Mandate: End Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs
Republicans these days are very, very deeply concerned about "wasteful government spending." House Minority Leader John Boehner complained about wasteful spending in the stimulus. Congressman Mike Pence of Indiana stated: "More big government spending...won't cure what ails the American economy." House Republican Whip Eric Kantor made the rounds of the Sunday talk shows ta
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