Anna Clark

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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.


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Acupuncture: An Alternative Approach to Infertility

Acupuncture: An Alternative Approach to Infertility

Anna Clark

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.

Sex Addiction: What the Tiger Woods Story Forces Us to Confront

Sex Addiction: What the Tiger Woods Story Forces Us to Confront

Anna Clark

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.

Women Challenge Irish Abortion Ban

Women Challenge Irish Abortion Ban

Anna Clark

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.

The 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 attack".

Illinois Hotline Offers Recourse to Teens Facing Parental Notification Laws

Illinois Hotline Offers Recourse to Teens Facing Parental Notification Laws

Anna Clark

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.

Birthing Chains: Anti-Shackling Rally in New York

Birthing Chains: Anti-Shackling Rally in New York

Anna Clark

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.

Teens Who Parent Still Need School

Teens Who Parent Still Need School

Anna Clark

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.

The Adoption Consensus?

The Adoption Consensus?

Anna Clark

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?

Telling an Awful Story to the World

Telling an Awful Story to the World

Anna Clark

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?

Voices from the Sidelines

Voices from the Sidelines

Anna Clark

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.

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