by Isabella Sansanelli
NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland fights for the reproductive health, rights and justice for all Marylanders, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship status, economic status or any other subsection or group. This work includes ensuring that all immigrants living or staying in Maryland can be pregnant, not be pregnant, and/or parent in safety, good health, and dignity. In the United States, immigrants make up approximately 14% of the population (4.4 million people), and account for 17% of women of reproductive age, as well as 23% of births in the U.S.
by Maggie Marsh
Reproductive justice is intrinsically linked to environmental justice because the effects of climate change and environmental pollution limit pregnant people’s freedom to choose if and when to become pregnant and their rights to be pregnant and raise families in a safe and healthy environment. Low-income communities, communities of color, and immigrants are most adversely impacted by irresponsible and harmful environmental policies and often reside in areas which are more vulnerable to the effects of climate change. …
by Brittney Ehlers
The Title X program has been an essential federal program providing contraceptive and reproductive health services for over 50 years. It is the only federally funded family planning program in the United States and provides essential, low-cost contraceptive methods and reproductive health care to millions of people nationwide.
However, in recent years the Title X program has been under attack. The Trump Administration finalized the 2019 Final Rule initially promulgated under the Reagan Administration that placed tighter restrictions on all grantees under the program. This “gag rule” prohibited providers from offering resources or referrals to abortion-related services…
by Shay Upadhyay
Before joining the intern team at the NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland Fund, I had no idea how deceptive crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) could be. CPCs are often masked behind the word “clinic” to give the impression that they are authorized to provide legitimate medical services and advice. In reality, most CPCs are nonprofit organizations with the primary mission to dissuade people from having abortions and certain forms of contraceptives. As the vast majority of these centers are not legitimate healthcare facilities, CPCs are exempt from the regulatory, licensure, and credentialing oversight that applies to real health care facilities…
by Manuela Reveiz
Important distinction: While both sex work and sex trafficking involve prostitution by definition, sex work entails a willing engagement in commercial sex, while sex trafficking involves force, coercion, or deceit. Some enter the industry willingly as sex workers, but may eventually become victims of trafficking. Maryland is no exception, and is uniquely situated to be a hot spot for human trafficking due to its population density; access to domestic, interstate, and international travel; and socioeconomic diversity.
Recent events have made me look back and reassess my thoughts on sex work. On March 16, 2021, eight people, Daoyou…
By: Grace Mottley
I spend a lot of time thinking about my grandmothers. Strong, independent women (each in their own right) they did work that paved the way for me, working at times when women didn’t traditionally work, raising families, and caring deeply about those around them. Like them, many of the women that came before us did something to make Maryland a little more fair, a little more just, and a little more free.
There are a lot of women we forget. It’s easy to latch onto historical women whom we know a lot about, and hold them up…
By: Maggie Marsh
Reproductive justice challenges how inequity shapes peoples’ decisions about if and when to become pregnant or raise children, and their ability to parent in good health and free from violence by individuals or the state. Access to secure and stable housing is correlated closely with good health, with serious implications for reproductive health, justice, and freedom. If individuals choose to become pregnant and parent, safe housing is critical to ensure they can adequately plan for and raise their families in healthy environments without the threat of eviction and homelessness. On the other hand, for individuals trying to…
By: Grace Mottley
Even as we expand what long-term forms of birth control are accessible to us, emergency contraception still remains a mystery to some us of who use it.
But the mystery isn’t because using emergency contraception is hard, or because the medication is stunningly new, but because of the stigma attached to it.
Google “emergency contraception.” The first thing that comes up is a side panel that explains what emergency contraception is, accompanied by a vague description of what the medication is, including the label “Effectiveness Varies.”
The top results I got in my search weren’t much better…
By: Grace Mottley
By: Grace Mottley
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.
The political leader of the pro-choice movement in Maryland.