“Where is the Motherbody?”

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Many good things can be said about Terry Tempest Williams’ 1991 spiritual memoir, Refuge.  Its subtitle reveals that it is in part about the intimate connection between people and the natural world: “An Unnatural History of Family and Place.”  I’ve heard people talk about and praise this book over the decades since its release, and [Read More...]

Chastity Brings May Flowers?

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Well, that’s not exactly what I learned about how the bright spring blooms take hold. Then again, this isn’t exactly a view of sex and God’s plan that I was taught either: Where to even begin?  There’s so much wrong with this image, and that only begins with casting as evil some of the very [Read More...]

What’s Really Being Ignored in the Gosnell Case?

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The case of Kermit Gosnell became the Friday faux-news-frenzy of the day. Irin Carmon over at Salon.com describes in detail how “There is no Gosnell cover-up.”  First, it received plenty of media attention when the story broke: If you’ve never heard of the Gosnell story, it’s not because of a coverup by the liberal mainstream [Read More...]

Even If He’s Not Your Son, He’s Still Human

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It shouldn’t take a gay son to convince a senator to support marriage equality. Like many people, I was pleased to see Rob Portman from Ohio become the first sitting Republican senator to publically state his support for marriage equality.  I was relieved last year when Barack Obama finally completed his own public and self-described [Read More...]

Thank You, Abortion Providers

Sunday, March 10, was National Thank An Abortion Provider Day.  I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Willie Parker last year in Washington, D.C., at the Center for American Progress, and wanted to share this short video of him accepting the Moody-Patterson Award for Leadership in Reproductive Justice.  It was presented by the Religious Coalition [Read More...]

“Our Multiple, Messy, In-Process Selves”

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I first met Darcy Baxter several years ago at a Faith and Feminism conference at Ebenezer/herchurch Lutheran in San Francisco, and have had the joy of getting to know more about her and her work through our participation in The Faith & Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute at The Center for American Progress in Washington D.C. [Read More...]

Justice, Compassion, Conscience & ‘Biblical Values’

Whenever someone claims to be talking about biblical values, they’re likely just telling you about their own personal values.  But the truth about what the bible does and doesn’t talk about is often inconvenient for the anti-choice crowd.  Here’s what Rev. Matthew Westfox said last week: “Choice” is not often thought of as a biblical [Read More...]

Honorable Mention: Law Students for Reproductive Justice

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One of the many great things about participating in the Faith and Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute at The Center for American Progress this past year has been learning about organizations doing essential work for justice that I didn’t even know existed. One of them, Law Students for Reproductive Justice, invited me to speak on a [Read More...]

My Story: ‘Growing Up With Roe’

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We’re both over 40 now. I got there a little over a year ago.  And forty years ago today, on January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court decision in the Roe v. Wade case legalized abortion nationwide for women in the U.S.  On this anniversary of that landmark decision protecting a woman’s health and ability to [Read More...]

Roe at 40: Racial & Ethnic Inequalities

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On January 22, 2013, the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that nationally legalized abortion is 40 years old.  Because there is a lot of misinformation and disinformation surrounding one of the most politicized women’s health issues, I am sharing some of the infographics from the Guttmacher Institute in the days leading up to this [Read More...]


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