Sorry, Carly: Planned Parenthood Edition


Sorry, Carly. You may have won the GOP primary debate last night, by speaking with specifics and often knowing what you were talking about. You may have even elicited a heartfelt cheer from me and women around the nation with that pitch perfect response to Donald Trump’s comments about your face. But that riff on [Read More...]

For Women Who Aren’t Contrite

contrite heart

When I first heard about Pope Francis’ offer of forgiveness for women who had had abortions, provided they were “with contrite heart,” during the upcoming Holy Year of Mercy (starting December 8), my first thoughts were: What if a woman isn’t contrite? What if she knows it was the right decision for her? What if she [Read More...]

Planned Parenthood Would Serve Mary


After dismissing the edited videos that pretend to catch Planned Parenthood staffers in a compromising position, Jay Michaelson takes on the issue of fetal tissue donation and points out: “Nearly 20 years ago, the Conservative movement, then the largest movement in American Judaism, ruled that not only is organ donation permitted — it is religiously required. The [Read More...]

Faith Leaders Issue Statement Opposing 20-Week Abortion Ban Bill


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


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”


“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


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?

Religious Freedom

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


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


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...]