By: Grace Mottley

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  1. A thermometer
  2. A well-stocked first aid kit (Band-Aids!)
  3. Cortisone cream
  4. Sunscreen
  5. Rubbing Alcohol
  6. Heartburn and Indigestion medicine (like Tums© or Pepto Bismol©)
  7. Aspirin
  8. Antihistamines (like Benadryl©)
  9. Cold and Cough medicine
  10. Emergency Contraception (like Plan B — One Step©)

By: Grace Mottley

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For many people who need it, the biggest barrier to emergency contraception (more commonly known as Plan B© or the morning after pill) is its cost. Emergency contraception can range from anywhere between $10 to $100 depending on location, insurance, and place of purchase.

What most don’t know is that emergency contraception is ineffective for those who weigh over 175 pounds1. While some countries, like France or Canada, place this disclaimer in big bold letters on the box, in American pharmacies, it is treated like a secret customers aren’t allowed to know, oftentimes being left off completely.


By: Michelle Nguyen

Advocate holding a sign that says “Abortion is a Human Right”
Advocate holding a sign that says “Abortion is a Human Right”

As a pro-choice advocate and organizer, I engage in many conversations with voters about pro-choice and reproductive health issues. These conversations can range from vociferous anti-choice opponents to emphatic pro-choice supporters. Most recently, a conversation with a voter touched on a debate that has troubled the reproductive rights movements for quite some time: to be or not to be pro-abortion?

In this conversation with the voter, she mentioned that no one wants to be pro-abortion because “abortion isn’t right.” However, she believed in being pro-choice because women should be able to make decisions about their own bodies…


By: Marian Geiger

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Why Center Disability?

My passion for the intersections of disability and reproductive justice comes from my academic background in feminist, queer and critical race disability studies. After learning about the history of compulsory sterilization against disabled folks and women of color, I was drawn to learn how this has left a lasting impact on reproductive rights activism. Disability standpoint is often overlooked in activist circles. Centering disability in reproductive justice activism allows us to engage in nuanced conversations around bodily autonomy, the right to have children, the right not to have children and the right to parent…


by Annie Bennett

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The arguments used by those who proclaim themselves “pro-life” are misguided attempts at disrupting the separation between church and state. Whether you like it or not, the United States makes a clear divide in this regard, via the Establishment Clause in the Bill of Rights. If your only argument for regulating others’ bodies is scripture, you’re out of luck, because that cannot be defended in a court of law and directly violates the Constitution, which conservatives claim to love so much.

Regardless, let’s clarify that the word “abortion” occurs in the Bible zero times. In fact, in…


Olga Zasztowt

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Six months ago, if you had asked me what I thought a Doula was I would have painted you a caricature of a hippie woman who is hired to help upper-class white women through their pregnancies by giving them crystals to set intentions with and “sage-ing” rooms before the birth. I’ll happily admit that I was uninformed — and straight-up wrong. Since then, I have had the privilege to learn from and be educated by doulas on this incredible profession (and it didn’t take much to help reframe my idea of doulas once I came to know more…


By Olga Zasztowt

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A group of women at a rally holding posters that say “ACA Is Here to Stay” and “Don’t Take My Care”

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, is under fire once again as the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in California v. Texas on November 10, 2020. This case was brought by a group of 20 Republican state officials led by Texas, backed by the Trump administration, who are once again questioning the constitutionality of the law.i Defending the ACA is a group of 17 Democratic states led by California.

The ACA is responsible for giving millions of Americans insurance coverage by making insurance more affordable, expanding Medicaid programs to cover more individuals, and supporting…


By: Priya Hay-Chatterjee

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Priya, author of this piece, submitting her ballot at her local drop box

If you live in a politically active household, neighborhood, social circle, or city, someone has probably reminded you to vote recently. Maybe they were a family member or friend, or perhaps that reminder came in the form of a postcard in your mailbox or an ad on social media. For those of us who choose to absorb political messaging, the world is ablaze with reminders to vote.

For younger Millennials, older Gen Z’ers, and those who fall somewhere in between generations, social media offers an avenue to share the ways we connect with the world around us…


By Lily Cork

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I’ve come a long way from the time when I thought Barack Obama could do no wrong, the Democratic party would always do right by me, and voting would solve every problem we face as a society. Don’t get me wrong — Obama did some great things for the United States, and I recognize there is a difference between the Democratic and Republican platforms, especially regarding issues such as reproductive justice. But just like many of my fellow Gen Zers, I no longer believe that voting blue all the way down my ballot will change the deeply…


by Olga Zasztowt

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The U.S. Senate has taken up the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett for final confirmation vote on Monday October 25, 2020. Barrett is Trump’s nominee to replace the seat vacated by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg on the U.S. Supreme Court. Confirming this nominee would ensure a 6–3 conservative majority in the highest court of the United States, which has forced many again to grow concern with the possibility of the reversal of Roe v. Wade. While Barrett has refused to comment on the landmark case[i] and how she would rule in the future, historically…

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