by Manuela Reveiz

Credit: Teen Vogue

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

  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

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

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

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

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…

NARAL Pro-Choice MD

The political leader of the pro-choice movement in Maryland.

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