Faith Leaders Issue Statement Opposing 20-Week Abortion Ban Bill

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I have written here before about my involvement in the Faith and Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute at the Center for American Progress, and have written to commemorate the anniversary of Roe v. Wade in previous years. Today, I am proud to be one of the signers of a public statement opposing legislation in the House of Representatives [Read More...]

Reproductive (in)Justice in Jacksonville

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I wrote this piece in response to events in the Illinois town where I live, and it was first published in the Jacksonville Journal-Courier on September 10, 2014: Abandonment used to be a regular form of family planning — leaving a newborn out in the elements where she or he would likely die from exposure [Read More...]

“Christians Get In Jacked-Up Situations, Too”

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“My belief in God tells me that the most important thing you can do for another human being is help them in their time of need.” [Read more...]

Trusting Women

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Last night, I delivered the following as part of a series of “Big Tent” speeches at an event hosted by the Morgan County Democratic Central Committee here in Illinois.  It was a fundraiser and a meet-and-greet event featuring the Illinois Secretary of State, Jesse White, with whom I am pictured below. It’s about trusting women. [Read More...]

Religious Freedom … For Bosses Only?

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On March 25, the Supreme Court will hear two cases in which the argument will be made that your boss’s beliefs should determine your access to healthcare. Sounds preposterous, right? And yet, that’s what the lawyers for Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood will argue.  That a boss’ religious freedom trumps an employee’s religious freedom.  That [Read More...]

Why Affordable Care Matters for Women

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Given that the Affordable Care Act remains a political football more than three years after it was signed into law, I thought I’d share easily understandable information about how and why it has been described as “the single biggest advancement in women’s health in a generation.” I’ve written about why this law is important for [Read More...]

A ChildFull Life

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Today is the third anniversary of Owen’s baptism.  In the two previous years, I have written about it in these ways: In 2011: On 10/10/10, he was the fifth child with whom my husband and I stood, alongside his parents, and made promises:  To care for him, to teach and instruct him, and to love [Read More...]

Apply Now: Faith & Reproductive Justice Institute

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If 2012 taught us anything, it was that the conservative forces seeking to deny women and families access to basic reproductive healthcare are not going away.  It was also that they continue to use their brand of religions to justify their threats to women’s heath. You can be a voice of reason in the mess.  [Read More...]

Fall Back Into School ~ Your Reading List

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Fall semester classes start this week, so I thought I’d share the list of books that I’m teaching and using with you.  They are all pictured here.  I’m teaching three classes this fall, a normal load where I work, that include contributions to our college’s first year experience, gender and women’s studies program, and religion [Read More...]

Who Are The Women?

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In the middle of a really good piece titled “The Reproductive Injustice and the ‘War on Women’ or, An Ode to the Intersections” Eesha Pandit at the Crunk Feminist Collective writes a stunningly important paragraph: Who, we must ask, are the “women” in the “war on women” that many feminist organizations are decrying? Are they [Read More...]


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