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Rebecca Gordon: I Had an Abortion and Now I’m Not Ashamed

At this moment in the age of Trump, it’s long past time for people like me to go public about our abortions. Efforts to deny women abortion access (not to mention contraception) have only accelerated as the president seeks to appease his right-wing Christian supporters.

July 21, 2019 · 4 Comments

Patricia A. Nugent: Abort. Now.

Sharia law: when laws are created or interpreted based on religion.

June 20, 2019 · 2 Comments

Chrisse France: Ohio Lawmakers Ignored Us When They Banned Abortion. They Can’t Ignore Us in the Courtroom.

Every day at Preterm, women, pregnant people, and their loved ones walk through our doors needing compassion, empathy, support, and safe, affordable abortion care. They come to us because they know they will be cared for as whole people, without judgment or shame.

May 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

K.H. Anderson: A Lefty’s Guide to Liberty

Real-life individual liberty — for everyone — is at the heart of everything progressives stand for. It’s time we own it. . The liberty ideal should be perfectly at home in every nook and cranny … Continue reading

September 18, 2018 · 2 Comments

Lornet Turnbull: Lawyers Turn to Activism as Civil Liberties Come Under Attack

A new generation of social justice attorneys has risen to defend against the hard-line policies of the Trump administration, from immigration and abortion access to voting and gender rights. . … Continue reading

August 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

Eileen McCabe: We are all Pro-Choice

Who among us can say that we know another person’s challenges and conscience, and that we can judge for her? On July 9, 2018,  President Trump selected Brett Kavanaugh as … Continue reading

July 26, 2018 · 1 Comment

Sandy Solomon: Little Letter to the Future III

In our time, neighbors posted names and addresses of abortion nurses, doctors; names of doctors’ kids, their schools. One website   ran red with animated blood. Doctors died: Gunn, Britton, … Continue reading

July 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

Constance Shehan: How Roe v. Wade changed the lives of American women

The recent announcement of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement has ignited widespread speculation about the future of Roe v. Wade. Some analysts believe that a new appointment to the Supreme Court … Continue reading

July 6, 2018 · 1 Comment

Julianne Michaels: We Are All Pro-life

There are more than two sides to the abortion debate. We know what anti-abortionists want. It’s one of the things pro-choice people want. Everyone’s heart would prefer no abortions ever. … Continue reading

July 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

Melanie Green: Why is it so stressful to talk politics with the other side?

People disagree all the time, but not all disagreements lead to the same levels of stress. Even though people can be passionate about their favorite sport teams, they can argue … Continue reading

April 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Patricia A. Nugent: Losing My Religion (or Why Single-Issue Voting is a Sin)

After reading my recent post on Vox Populi (The End Times? October 5, 2014), an activist-friend asked me to write an essay about single-issue voting. Although I laughingly responded, “I … Continue reading

October 16, 2014 · 2 Comments

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