Brady Swenson

Director of Technology

Brady is the director of technology for Rewire.News, where he is primarily responsible for designing, developing, and maintaining the organization’s technology strategy and assets, including the website. Brady has helped Rewire.News grow from a small blog into an influential independent media outlet.

Previously, Brady had 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.

For press appearances or further information, please contact [email protected]

 


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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.

Roundup: Serial Novel Imagines Post-Roe World

Brady Swenson

Linda Hirshman posts first chapter of serial novel imagining a post-Roe world; A closer look at the Colorado amendment to redefine "person" in its constitution; Opinion piece calls for a stop to Bush's "undeclared war on family planning and contraception."

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