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Chloe Haimson: A battle for reproductive rights in Indian Country





"As the presidential election approached, we heard plenty of political rhetoric about reproductive rights. From abortion laws to "legitimate rape," everyone seems to have an opinion about women’s bodies.

It’s time we refocus the conversation and stand back to examine the effect these decisions are having on real women—not merely characters featured in politicians’ talking points.

As a recent female college graduate, entering into the professional world, I often hear the debate regarding whether women can have it all: career, kids, and a healthy marriage. It’s an important question but there’s an inherent privilege that’s implied by asking it. What about this question—forget “having it all” for a moment—can women even have Plan B?

To answer the question, I spoke with Charon Asetoyer, a health activist working with young women on the Yankton Indian Reservation in South Dakota. She is leading the battle for reproductive justice in the Native American community and, ultimately, for women everywhere."

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Chloe Haimson: The Battle for Reproductive Justice: Denying Indian Women Plan B Affects All Women (Indian Country Today 1/3)