The other day, I joined clergy from many faiths in a worship service that, like many others, featured poetry, music, ritual and prayer. But this service was different. Its purpose was to bring blessings on a reproductive health clinic that provides abortions. With their presence as well as their prayers, 10 diverse faith leaders proclaimed what
I had the pleasure of joining Hrishikesh Hirway of The West Wing Weekly podcast to discuss faith, reproductive rights, and my new book Women Rise Up: Sacred Stories of Resistance for Today's Revolution. My interview starts at 26 minutes.
Abortion. Does the word stir up emotions? Does it cause you unease, even anger? You’re not alone. Say “abortion” in a public setting, and undoubtedly the reaction will be strong and visceral. Say it in the pulpit? The idea is enough to make even the most prophetic among us quake and quiver. Our discomfort with discussing abortion,
On a hot August day in 2012, I was taking my usual monthly trip to Walgreens to pick up my birth control prescription. As I pulled out my wallet to cover the co-pay, I was pleasantly surprised when the pharmacist informed me that I didn’t owe anything. It was the first month that the contraceptive mandate included in the Affordable Care Act
The Hulu series The Handmaid's Tale, based on Margaret Atwood's 1985 dystopian novel, is a chilling look into a fictional future in which women are stripped of their rights and dignity, rape is sanctified and ritualized, fertility is a commodity, and those who resist the theocratic regime are executed on the spot. In watching the
Last week I participated in a panel discussion hosted by the Center for American Progress (CAP) on the intersections of faith and reproductive justice. These conversations are critically important, particularly in these political times when threats to our bodily autonomy and right of conscience are sanctioned by our current administration,