Anna Clark’s writing has appeared in The American Prospect, Utne
Reader, AlterNet, Hobart, Writers’ Journal, Bitch Magazine, Religion
Dispatches, Common Dreams, The Women’s International Perspective,
Women’s eNews, ColorLines, Rewire, The Millions, make/shift,
and BloodLotus, among other publications. She is the editor of the
literary and social justice website, Isak (www.isak.typepad.com), and
she contributes video book reviews to The Collagist, a literary magazine.
Anna is a writing mentor through the Linkage program in the Prison
Creative Arts Project. She is also the Chief Developmental Editor with
The Imagine Company, a Kenyan organization that marries media and
social entrepreneurship. Anna is a graduate of the University of
Michigan’s Residential College and Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program
for Writers. She lives in Detroit, Michigan.
A report released today details how the public health emergency in eastern Burma continues to undermine the health and well being of millions of people affected by decades of war. Women in eastern Burma face the worst pregnancy outcomes anywhere in Asia, and access to contraception is virtually nonexistent.
While the notion of “infertility treatment” typically conjures images of invasive insemination procedures, acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to increase the chances of natural pregnancy. Indeed, many contemporary acupuncturists are pairing their personalized practice of needles with herbal treatments to enhance the fertility of their patients … and finding high rates of success.
A coalition is challenging a VABC ban by Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration, charging among other things that it is intervening in the activities of licensed providers and overriding “informed consent” standards.
This Wednesday, Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration is expected to permanently ban Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (VBAC) in the state’s birth centers. Legal challenges are already in the works.
The term “sex addiction” is used to describe a pattern of frequent, progressive, and often secret sexual behavior, even when the behavior jeopardizes a person’s time, employment, financial stability, relationships, and reputation. While often conflated with adultery, sex addiction does not necessarily mean cheating—or even intercourse. Rather, it can manifest as a dependency on pornography, masturbation, phone or Internet sex, and other related behavior.
When Tufts University officially banned students from having sex in residence hall room when a roommate is present, it met with two especially strong reactions. Colleges across the country are watching to see how it plays out.
After three women were forced to travel abroad to receive their abortions, a legal case on their behalf before 17 judges in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg argues that Ireland's 148-year-old abortion ban is discriminatory.
case presents an expansiveness of legal arguments about abortion that
may influence nations around the world. It is being closely watched not
only by other Catholic European nations (Poland, Spain, Malta), but
alsoU.S. anti-abortion lobbyists that have been allowed to submit arguments to the
court. As a group, the Family Research Council and the US Alliance Defence Fund filed a brief that contends "the stakes are high for all
of Europe" and that Ireland's defence "of innocent life is under
A hotline set up by the ACLU in Illinois is intended to help teens in need exercise their due process rights to a judicial bypass option in case they need an abortion but do not want to notify their parents. These and other efforts seek to protect the rights of pregnant young women who cannot inform their parents of their pregnancy and abortion, often because of concern for their physical safety or abandonment, or because their parents are inaccessible. In such cases, a young woman seeking an abortion can bring her case to a judge, who in turn can permit the medical procedure without the required notification or consent.
One prisoner was shackled around the waist during labor. Another, with a high-risk pregnancy, was put in a
leg iron. Policies for incarcerated men are
extended to women without adapting to distinct circumstances.
Only four states have policies that bar the shackling of pregnant women in prisons, jails, and detention centers.
With nearly unanimous legislative support for the Anti-Shackling Bill,
New York looks like its on the verge of becoming the fifth state to
restrict a practice that is considered torture by the United
Nations--but only if Governor Dave Paterson allows it into law. Urge Governor Paterson to sign the bill at the Anti-Shackling Rally on July 9.
As birthing choices are increasingly part of the public
conversation, pregnant women are increasingly empowered to decide what sort of care is right for their bodies and their child. Except for those pregnant women who are incarcerated.
NOW on PBS aired "Abortion Providers Under Siege," a show that asked if clinic violence is the new face of domestic terrorism. It inspired a boatload of viewer commentary--and pushback from those who don't support abortion.
In an outstanding presentation titled "Embracing Your Promise: A New
Era of Opportunity," Harris-Lacewell honed in on how racial and gender
experiences intersect with our reproductive health. Particularly, she
pointed to the physiological impact of shame and isolation.
of course everybody has the right to personally oppose abortion, the
killing and harassment of Dr. Tiller is beyond the pale. The hypocrisy of murder being the recourse of someone who is "pro-life" is so evident it barely needs discussing.
The nation with the highest adolescent pregnancy and birth rates in the industrialized world has not figured out how to meet the educational needs of pregnant and parenting teens. In fact, we're going the other direction - gutting the too-rare programs that have developed to meet the unique needs of teen parents.
Asia McGowan, a 20-year-old student at Henry Ford Community College outside Detroit was murdered on campus by a man who'd stalked her. Why aren't feminist resources for domestic violence and stalking available at community colleges?
Rejecting abstinence-only funding is only one part of the movement to educate and empower young people; we also need to pro-actively normalize comprehensive, medically-accurate sexuality education in American schools.
When emotions get heated among those who disagree on abortion rights, it can be easy to settle the conversation by calling on adoption as a "compromise." Is treating adoption as a solution to abortion the best way to craft sensible adoption policy?
Family Research Council members convinced a New Jersey hotel to stop offering discounted room rates to women coming to the state seeking abortion care. Is cutting off assistance for lodging and travel for women seeking abortion care the best way to help or simply a low-blow to women in vulnerable circumstances?
The presidential candidates have been challenged with the same question again and again: In our unprecedented economic crisis, what programs or services will you cut? If they cut family planning services, other reproductive health costs are sure to spiral leaving "Jane the plumber" without the critical health services she needs.
Ready to raise a family? Parents and parents-to-be are facing a brutal economic moment and longstanding workplace and government policies that don't support them in building their families. What solutions do our presidential candidates offer?
Recent opposition from the American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists frustrates efforts of midwifery advocates to ensure safe and available home births for pregnant women who want them.
A lot of people are working to alert the world to the long-simmering crisis of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. But in a global context where the concerns of both African nations and women are hardly centered in media and government, how can the DRC's story be told to incite compassion in the massive proportions necessary for change?
While not one national anti-choice organization supports contraception or science-based sexuality education, some individuals who oppose legal abortion are making the connections on their own: birth control and education reduce the rate of unintended pregnancy and abortions.