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Eco Mag Joins Call to Protect Reproductive Rights

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February 23rd, 2011

To the chorus of outcry against politicians’ efforts to attack women’s reproductive rights in general and defund Planned Parenthood in particular, add the voice of online environmental magazine Grist. This past weekend, writer Lisa Hymas put out the call to support PP and reproductive health care through political action and personal stories, observing:

A society is not sustainable if women don’t have basic control over their fertility. That’s just fundamental, a no-brainer. So the ongoing Republican…
blitzkrieg on women’s reproductive rights and Planned Parenthood specifically should enrage anyone who cares about a sustainable future—and propel us off our asses…

The editorial comes complete with two videos: One features Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards talking about the attacks on the organization, the other a MoveOn ad about the assault on abortion rights. (In Grist’s inimitable snarky style, the post is tagged under “douchebaggery,” among other topics.)

So far, most comments at the site have been constructive.

Grist’s Hymas has been at the forefront of addressing the third-rail issue of population growth and its role in the climate crisis, supporting the choice of women and couples to have no children at all — in part because fewer people means less strain on natural resources. I’ll address that in another post, but I’m glad to see the popular green-news website take an outright feminist stand here. It’s not the first time: Hymas also wrote this editorial, headlined “Yo, Congress, You Need to Pony Up $1B for Global Family Planning.”

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