obstetric violence

There Is a Hidden Epidemic of Doctors Abusing Women in Labor, Doulas Say

According to doulas, women are often treated horribly while they're in labor, with medical professionals engaging in abusive behavior that ranges from nonconsensual episiotomies to sexual assault.
Sarah Yahr Tucker

ICE Doubles Down on Its Barbaric Treatment of Pregnant Women in Detention

Last week, ICE announced that pregnant women will no longer be automatically released from detention. It's a cruel policy—but nothing new for the agency, which was accused months ago keeping pregnant women locked up in horrific conditions.
Chris Gelardi

Restricting Abortion Access Is Class Warfare

Onerous anti-abortion laws are designed to make abortion inaccessible — and by design they harm poor women and marginalized populations the most.
Jex Blackmore

I Was Locked Away from My Children for 14 Months Because I Couldn't Make Bail

Because I couldn't afford to pay $250,000 in bail, I had to languish behind bars for over a year while awaiting trial—without being convicted of a crime.
Lavette Mayes

People Show Us the Outfits That Helped Them Embrace Their Inner Femme

"It feels good to think about trying to express my true self for the first time again."
Christopher Bethell
Zing Tsjeng
roe v. wade

6 Women Share Their Harrowing Stories of Illegal Abortion Before Roe v. Wade

These stories—of waking up in pools of blood, of coat hanger abortions performed at home, of serious and agonizing medical complications—show what's at stake in the fight to keep abortion legal.
Melissa Madera
sexual assault

Amid Reports of Widespread Rape by Police, Kenyan Women Seek Justice

Sixty-five Kenyan women say they experienced sexual violence at the hands of state security agents last fall. Now, survivors are turning to activists for help in the harrowing task of reporting the police to the police.
April Zhu
On Edge

I Visited a Forest-Dwelling Witch to Cure My Crushing Existential Dread

I have been drinking Susun Weed's calming herbal tinctures for months in an attempt to stave off my impending mental breakdown. But I knew it was not enough; I needed to meet the wood witch to receive her blessings directly.
Callie Beusman
reproductive rights

'I Wanted to Die': How Pregnant Women Suffer in ICE Detention

Jennye Pagoada Lopez says she was four months into a high-risk pregnancy when she miscarried while in ICE custody. But ICE officials insist she was never pregnant in their care.
Chris Gelardi
Yemile Bucay
sexual assault

After Reporting Her Rape, a Teen Girl Says She Was Pushed Out of High School

DarbiAnne Goodwin says she was raped off campus during her sophomore year—and when administrators failed to offer her meaningful support following the incident, she felt her only choice was to enroll in an "alternative school."
Rebecca Grant
sexual assault

Public Hospitals in NYC Have Destroyed Over 800 Rape Kits Since 2012

New York has no statute of limitations for reporting rape—but public hospitals are only required to keep rape kits for 30 days. Because of this loophole, advocates say, victims still have an unfairly small window for seeking justice.
Vanessa Nason

It's Time to Rewatch 'Grindhouse,' Rose McGowan's 'F-U' to Harvey Weinstein

Ten years after "Planet Terror," director Robert Rodriguez revealed he'd cast Rose McGowan in the Weinstein-produced film after learning about the producer's efforts to blacklist her. The subversive double-feature truly stands the test of time.
Kristen Yoonsoo Kim