By Any Other Name — Redefining Rape

Earlier this month, the FBI made big news when it announced that the Uniform Crime Report’s (UCR) definition of rape will be revised to provide more comprehensive statistical reporting of rape in the United States.

The change has been a long time coming. The Women’s Law Project has been working with women’s rights groups around the country for 10 years to get the definition of rape changed.

Why is this change such an important development?
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Election 2012 — Why It’s Crucial for Choice & What You Can Do About It

If ever there was a time when the outcome of an election matters for Mainers who care about reproductive rights, this is it! For two major reasons.

This November, voters in Maine will be asked to make a choice for almost all of our elected officials¬† — President, U.S. Senators & Representatives and State Senators & Representatives. That’s right, our ballot will include all of those folks. That’s the first reason to get out and vote for choice this fall.

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Calling All Bloggers & Activists — Blog for Choice Day 2012

Election season has begun! The Iowa and New Hampshire primaries are behind us and in Maine, the Republican and Democratic caucuses are scheduled for later this winter.

Each year, election fatigue seems to set in earlier and earlier and the temptation to ignore it all grows stronger.  But this year, more than ever, tuning out is something we cannot afford to do. The 2012 election is a crucial one for pro-choice advocates and supporters. Continue reading

New Year’s Resolutions? Trying Something Different

Warning: My inner dork is revealed at the end of this post.

In years past, I’ve tended to establish new year’s resolutions with three basic themes:

  • Eat Healthier
  • Exercise More
  • Be Nicer

Like many people I know, my inner struggles don’t seem to change that much from year to year. Unless we’ve had a major, life-changing experience we tend to keep battling our well-known demons.

This year, I’ve decided to try something new — something that boils down to “find the positive” and “be part of the solution.”

What does this have to do with family planning and reproductive rights? Funny you should ask. Continue reading