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Brady Swenson

Director of Technology

Brady joined Rewire in 2007 and is now the Director of Technology. He is primarily responsible for designing, developing, and maintaining the organization’s technology assets, including the website, and managing new media strategy and execution. Brady has helped Rewire grow from a small blog into an increasingly popular and influential independent media outlet.

Brady has been designing and developing on the web for more than 15 years. While still in college he designed and developed an award-winning website for then-Insurance Commissioner Kathleen Sebelius’ Kansas Insurance Department that included one of the first online applications for consumers to compare insurance premiums. He later managed search engine optimization and a large online advertising budget for an e-commerce company that became listed as an Inc. 500 fastest growing private business in America.

After graduating from the University of Kansas with a degree in English Literature he served for two years in the Peace Corps as an English and reading teacher and a community developer on the island of Leguan off the coast of Guyana. Brady now lives and works at home in Lawrence, Kansas.


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Where Are the Women?

Brady Swenson

Today on Capitol Hill, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform assembled a panel to discuss the birth control mandate in President Obama's Affordable Care Act. The panel consisted of eight male anti-choice, anti-contraception religious leaders and one female anti-choice witness. None had health credentials.

News Media

Welcome to the New Rewire

Brady Swenson

I am proud to introduce to you a fresh, new Rewire! This latest incarnation of the leading daily reproductive and sexual health and justice publication comes just ahead of our five year anniversary. 

Amie’s Top Ten

Brady Swenson

This week Rewire is saying goodbye to Amie Newman.  In the way of a tribute to Amie's amazing work at Rewire we present the ten posts, out of the nearly seven hundred she composed, that garnered the most reads.

Rewire’s Most Read Stories of 2010

Brady Swenson

The ten most read stories on Rewire this year include Christine O'Donnell's crusade against masturbation, a look at how universities deal with sex in dorms, and early reporting of the Utah legislation that sought to criminalize miscarriage.

Election Night 2010 Live with Rewire

Brady Swenson

Jodi Jacobson, Amanda Marcotte, Pamela Merritt, Jill Miller Zimon and members of the Rewire community gathered online to discuss national politics and election results, catch a recap here.

Election Night 2010 Live with Rewire

Brady Swenson

Join Jodi Jacobson, Amanda Marcotte, Pamela Merritt and other members of the Rewire team to discuss national politics and election results as they roll in tomorrow night starting at 8pm ET. The live discussion will happen right here using the Cover It Live widget below. Add your email address now to receive a reminder tomorrow. […]

(VIDEO) The Assasination of Dr. Tiller

Brady Swenson

"The Assasination of Dr. Tiller" details the murder of Dr. George Tiller in his Wichita church and how the environment of intimidation stoked by the anti-choice movement and some members of the media influenced assassin Scott Roeder.

Rating Comments

Brady Swenson

We've added a new comment rating tool in an effort at community moderation of the comment sections. 

On Commenting

Brady Swenson

We've updated our commenting policy and our approach to moderation of the comments sections of our published articles.

Change to Commenting Procedure on Rewire

Brady Swenson

To encourage participation we have always allowed anonymous commenting. But anonymous commenting also has its drawbacks. We have decided it is time to require registration to comment on Rewire. Read more here...

June 23, 2009

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Nurse-Family Partnership

Brady Swenson

The Nurse-Family Partnership aids low-income, first-time parents by providing them with a visiting registered nurse who can continue to help the family until they reach self-sufficiency, thus curbing early developmental problems and decreasing the risk of abuse or domestic violence. Read more...

Elizabeth Cady Stanton Pregnant and Parenting Student Services Act

Brady Swenson

This bill is created from the belief that “pregnant college students should not have to make a choice between keeping their baby and staying in school.” The legislation, created by Feminists for Life, would establish “a the pilot program to will help interested, eligible institutions of higher education establish pregnancy and parenting student services offices that will operate independent of Federal funding no later than 5 years after the date of the enactment of this Act.” Read more...

Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Families Act

Brady Swenson

As a senator, President Obama championed this bill, and he spoke of it often during his 2008 campaign. To encourage responsible male behavior, the bill provides for domestic violence prevention awareness, and it would increase penalties for men who avoid paying child support, ensuring that the money from such payments winds up in the hands of families rather than tied up in red tape. Read more...

Reducing the Need for Abortion and Supporting Parents Act

Brady Swenson

The Reducing the Need for Abortion and Supporting Parents Act would “reduce the need for abortion by reducing the number of unintended pregnancies and supporting women facing unplanned pregnancies.” Among other measures the bill proposes to reduce teen pregnancy through comprehensive sex education, improve access to contraception for low-income women and increase Title X funding. Read more...

Pregnant Women Support Act

Brady Swenson

The Pregnant Women Support Act would “provide for programs that reduce the need for abortion, help women bear healthy children, and support new parents.” This bill was modeled after Democrats for Life‘s "95-10 Initiative," which aims to reduce the U.S. abortion rate by 95% over the next 10 years. Read more...

Live Blog Practice

Brady Swenson

 
Practice Cover It Live live blog...

Prevention First Act

Brady Swenson

The Prevention First Act seeks to “to reduce unintended pregnancy, reduce abortions, and improve access to women’s health care.” The bill’s provisions aim to improve access to family planning and encourage the development of effective state-level sex education initiatives. Read more...

Roundup: Obama’s Promise to “Pro-Lifers”

Brady Swenson

E.J Dionne says Obama should make good on his promise to seek middle ground on abortion; Obama should end federal funding of abstinece-only and fund comprehensive sex ed; Philippine reproductive health bill sparks battle with Catholic Church; Gardasil can prevent genital warts in males.

Roundup: A Turning Point for the Politics of Abortion?

Brady Swenson

Have we reached a turning point during this election in the nasty wedge politics of abortion?; Women buying health insurance policies pay a penalty; Colorado personhood amendment could result in outlawing of contraception; Report cites HHS for "impermissible" grants to abstinence-only programs.

Roundup: Judges Hear Virgina Abortion Law Case

Brady Swenson

Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals hears Virginia late-term abortion law twice deemed unconstitutional; Catholics chastise Fordham University for giving award to Justice Stephen Breyer; Prenatal testing and abortion; Anti-contraception candidate for House in Virginia.

Election Night Live Blogging

Brady Swenson

For a little more than two hours on election night Rewire writers and leaders from the reproductive health community joined our loyal readers for a live blog discussion on the historic night. The transcript is available here.

Roundup: Parental Notification Risky for Some Teens

Brady Swenson

Parental notification can be risky for teens who live in abusive homes; Teens speak out explaining why parental notification is not a good idea; South Dakota's proposed abortion ban is tied in most recent poll; Catholic bishops' narrow anti-abortion effort hurts 'pro-life' cause.

Roundup: LA Times Says No on Prop 4, UK Makes Sex Ed Mandatory

Brady Swenson

LA Times counters parental notification proponent's two central arguments; UK makes sex and relationship education mandatory in primary and secondary schools; British lawmakers leave Northern Ireland's women suffering; How the religious right drove Colin Powell to endorse Obama; Baptist minister says birth control is "murder."

Roundup: McCain Is Party to Secret War on Contraception

Brady Swenson

McCain would likely continue the Bush administration's quiet war on contraception; Pro-life pharmacy opens in Virginia, will not dispense birth control; Catholics group explains why they think Obama is the real "pro-life" candidate; Outlook bleak for abortion rights in Northern Ireland; The myth of non-activist justices.

Roundup: Abortion Rights and Equal Pay at Stake in the Election

Brady Swenson

The future of women's equality, including abortion rights and equal pay, are at stake in the election; Are Catholics shifting toward Obama?; Nobel laureate Luc Montagnier on the next steps in beating AIDS; 40 Days for Life protests clinics around the country; Dr. Karen Rayne's top ten things to do before you have sex.

Roundup: Abortion Rises Again as Election Issue

Brady Swenson

Obama seeks middle ground on abortion; McCain slammed for 'sarcastic air quotes'; Abortion restrictions on the ballot in Colorado, South Dakota and California; Broad support for reproductive health bill in Phillipines; UN says more focus on women needed in fight against HIV; 'HIV positive' Muppet educates kids on the disease in South Africa.

Roundup: Science Based Approach to HIV/AIDS Returns to South Africa

Brady Swenson

Science-based approach to HIV prevention returns to South Africa; Indian authors tell real stories of HIV epidemic in India; New cream could help women quietly protect themselves against HIV; Catholic university orders NPR station to stop accepting underwriting from Planned Parenthood; A mother's final look at life.

Roundup: Gloucester OKs Contraceptives, Is Bush Really ‘Pro-Life’?

Brady Swenson

Gloucester High to provide contraception for students; How is Bush's decision to cut off contraception for African women 'pro-life'?; Amy Schalet has a question for Sarah Palin; European court may, or may not, rule on choice; Tiffany Campbell makes powerful case against South Dakota abortion ban; Maine Senate candidates answer question on Roe.

Roundup: Circumcision and HIV, Patient Care and Catholic Teaching

Brady Swenson

Circumcision benefit doubted for gay men; Catholic hospital under fire for allowing abortion referrals and birth control prescriptions; Ohio top court mulls admission of medical files in Planned Parenthood case; U.S. Supreme Court refuses Missouri prison abortion rights case; Breast cancer vaccine within reach.

Abortion

Roundup: Church and Politics, Future of Supreme Court

Brady Swenson

Wading into the brackish waters of church and politcs; Election important to future of Supreme Court; Closer look at the 'rape exception' in South Dakota abortion ban; Services fall short for rape victims; Editorial boasts benefits of family planning; Nobel Prize for Medicine awarded to discoverers of HIV and HPV; and more.

Abortion

Roundup: Older Children Abandoned Under Law for Babies

Brady Swenson

In Nebraska older children abandoned under law for babies; Palin and Biden agree on gay rights at debate; McCain administration would be a setback for women; Bush puts popular California family planning program at risk; Complaints filed against Bloomberg for pregnancy bias; EU to offer 18 weeks of maternity leave; and more.

Roundup: Origin of HIV Dates Back More Than 100 Years

Brady Swenson

Researchers trace origin of HIV virus back more than a century; Federal officials ease ban on HIV positive visitors to the US; Columnist calls out Utah congressmen for playing politics with reproductive rights; Catholic Sister explains why she is voting for Obama; Genital herpes virus infects 28% of women by age 49.

Roundup: VIDEO: McCain Gets Testy in Defense of Sex Ed Ad

Brady Swenson

Video of a testy McCain defending his sex ed ad; Alaskan students band together for better sex ed; Britain's Channel 4 plans sex ed show for teens; Investing in women pays high ROI; Utah GOP calls for abortion ban; Palin's anti-abortion stance inspires donations to Planned Parenthood; and more.

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