Obvious Child opens with a joke about vaginal discharge and ends with Donna, its protagonist, wrapped in blankets on her couch, sipping tea, resting after her abortion. These moments represent the film’s strengths – its hilarity, its irreverence, its sincerity, and its quietly revolutionary story. (more…)
In 2007, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the Gonzales v. Carhart case:
“While we find no reliable data to measure the phenomenon, it seems unexceptionable to conclude some women come to regret their choice to abort…. Severe depression and loss of esteem can follow.”
As a researcher, I find this statement particularly intriguing. (more…)
What is reproductive autonomy?
Reproductive autonomy is having the power to decide about and control matters related to contraceptive use, pregnancy, and childbearing. Around the world, at the community level and the individual level, social norms dictate varying degrees of women’s reproductive autonomy. It is important to consider because it may help explain in part why there are 86 million unintended pregnancies around the world every year. (more…)
41 years ago, the landmark Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade codified women’s right to safe, legal abortion nationwide.
Despite Roe and abortion’s documented safety record, it remains a highly contested social and political issue throughout the country. Nonetheless, while several states restricted access to abortion services last year, California embarked on a new direction and expanded the pool of available abortion providers. (more…)
New York Magazine’s cover story featuring 26 women telling their abortion stories is getting a lot of attention. This isn’t the first time a magazine has spotlighted women’s experiences with abortion (Ms. Magazine has done it twice), but it is one of the larger mainstream media publications to feature women talking about their own abortions.
What is it like to curate these stories for a mainstream audience? Meaghan Winter, the journalist behind the piece, talked to us about how the article came together. (more…)