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Biden Begins to Restore Pre-Trump Status Quo with Administrative Action on Reproductive Health – Young People Say More is Needed 

(Washington, DC) — Statement from Kimberly Inez McGuire, Executive Director of URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity in response to the Biden-Harris Administration’s executive actions on sexual and reproductive health.  “Today, the Biden-Harris Administration took steps to address some of the Trump–Pence  Administration’s damage to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and undo some of their appalling sexual and reproductive health policies.”  “While we applaud the administration’s actions: to revoke the global gag rule, open Medicaid enrollment under the ACA, withdraw from the anti-abortion and anti-LGBTQ+ Geneva Consensus Declaration, and plans to restore Title X contraception funding, we are here to remind them: there is much more work to be done.”  “Black women, people of color, queer and trans folks, and families with low incomes are facing multiple crises: a deadly pandemic, economic devastation, and systemic racism. At the same time, abortion access is vanishing. The racist Hyde Amendment continues to deny abortion coverage to families pushed to the economic brink and hundreds of abortion restrictions combine to render the legal right to end a pregnancy meaningless for many. The Biden-Harris Administration must listen to those most harmed… Read more »

Executive Director Kierra Johnson to Step Down After 10 Years of Visionary Leadership

The Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity (URGE) Board of directors today announced that Kierra Johnson will be stepping down as Executive Director.  After 17 years at URGE, and 10 as Executive Director, Kierra will depart at the end of this year to become the Deputy Executive Director at the National LGBTQ Task Force. “It’s been a joy and an honor to be Executive Director of URGE for the past 10 years and work alongside such amazing young people and dedicated staff,” said Johnson. “There is renewed energy in the reproductive justice and progressive movements and, because of the work we’ve done to center young people, especially young people of color, our movement is fortified with well-trained and highly capable leaders and activists. While it is hard to leave this… Read more »

Announcing the G2G Award Winners!

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Generation to Generation Awards! Outstanding Chapter Award: University of Kansas Excellence in Leadership Award: Nicole Clark Steinem-Waters Legacy Awards: Tracy Weitz, Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health Joanne Smith, Girls for Gender Equity VIP Tribute: Mary Jean Collins Each of these awardees brings great talent and dedication to their work in advancing reproductive justice. We are so excited to recognize each one of them for their contributions to our movement. Most of all we can’t wait to spend an evening celebrating with these amazing people on July 19. You are not going to want to miss this night – get your tickets now! Don’t forget, sponsorship opportunities are still available. You can also congratulate your favorite winner with a program ad.

Write for ChoiceWords!

Do you want to write about reproductive justice and get PAID for doing it? Choice USA is looking for student journalists for the 2013-2014 school year! As a part of the program you will write for ChoiceWords, travel to Washington DC for training, and attend a national conference as a representative of Choice USA. The program also comes with a $500 stipend per semester. Eligible applicants must be enrolled in a college or university in the following states: California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Ohio, or Texas. Applications due April 19th, 2013! Apply here: http://bit.ly/YTo9IA

Read More From Choice USA on Other Sites

Choice USA has been getting around lately. Read more from our Executive Director, Kierra Johnson, and the 40th anniversary of Roe here: Women have a Right to Determine Whether and When to Become a Parent US News & World Report Debate Club The New Roe The Huffington Post

Next Week’s Posts

We are excited to announce that next week ChoiceWords will be partnering with Women, Action and the Media to bring you a whole week of posts on reproductive justice and the media! Each day next week our five Student Correspondents will bring their unique perspectives to the intersections of media justice and reproductive justice. Look forward to posts that critique pop culture representations of sexuality, highlight issues that the news media ignores, and, of course, recognize the instances where the media gets it right. So mark your calendars, bookmark this page, and join the conversation on Monday!