Eleanor J. Bader

Eleanor J. Bader is a teacher, freelance writer and activist from Brooklyn, NY. She is also the co-author of Targets of Hatred: Anti-Abortion Terrorism, St. Martin’s Press, 2001.


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Culture & Conversation Maternity and Birthing

‘The Doulas’: A Guide to the Radical Practice of Quality Counseling and Care for Pregnant People

Eleanor J. Bader

Being attentive to the individual patient should not be considered radical, but the fact that it is tells us how far the medical model has strayed from the promotion of human well-being. But thanks to a small group of feminist doulas, the pendulum may finally be swinging toward treatments that accommodate personal preferences, needs, and differences.

Eleanor J. Bader
Eleanor J. Bader

Commentary Media

Another, More Feminist, World Is Possible

'The Feminist Utopia Project: Fifty-Seven Visions of a Wildly Better Future,' offers a panoply of exhilarating responses to the question of what an ideal world looks like. And the future these writers dream of isn’t just a desirable one. As far as they’re concerned, it is an achievable one too.

Eleanor J. Bader
Eleanor J. Bader

Commentary Religion

Do We Live in a Christian America? Not Quite

For many conservative American politicians and members of the fundamentalist right wing, the idea that our nation is God’s “chosen land" is a frequently invoked trope. But a new book by Steven K. Green, Inventing a Christian America: The Myth of the Religious Founding, suggests this is a misreading of history.

Eleanor J. Bader
Eleanor J. Bader

Commentary Religion

Stoking Fire: The Knights of Columbus’ Efforts Against Choice and Marriage Equality

Although many local chapters of the Knights of Columbus, which is well over a century old, still devote themselves to aiding the indigent and disabled, a new report published by Catholics for Choice reveals how for the past two decades, the bulk of the organization’s fundraising and activism have gone to bolster anti-abortion and anti-marriage equality initiatives.

Eleanor J. Bader
Eleanor J. Bader

Commentary Book Review: ‘Cracked Open: Liberty, Fertility, and the Pursuit of High-Tech Babies’

Book Review: ‘Cracked Open: Liberty, Fertility, and the Pursuit of High-Tech Babies’

Miriam Zoll's horrifying personal story about using a host of assisted reproductive technologies, including in vitro fertilization and egg donation, in an effort to have a child is part memoir and part exposé of an unscrupulous, high-profit industry. It’s a compelling read.

Analysis STOKING FIRE: OTC Weed-Killing Toxin Causes Birth Defects, Poses Wide Range of Other Health Hazards

STOKING FIRE: OTC Weed-Killing Toxin Causes Birth Defects, Poses Wide Range of Other Health Hazards

Eleanor J. Bader

According to the NIH, research indicates that the number of babies born with birth defects in places where Atrazine is sprayed is consistently higher in the months following its use. And the danger of Atrazine extends beyond physical imperfections in newborns. 

Analysis Religion

STOKING FIRE: Millennials Stifled by Evangelical Doctrines

Eleanor J. Bader

The results of a five-year study of the Millennial Generation—people born between 1982 and 1993—are in. We now know that conservative evangelical churches are losing formerly–affiliated “young creatives:” Actors, artists, biologists, designers, mathematicians, medical students, musicians, and writers. The report implies that once Millennials abandon evangelism, the barriers to progressive change can begin to crumble.

Analysis Health Systems

STOKING FIRE: Women’s Health Facilities are Crucial to All Pregnancy-Related Decisions

Eleanor J. Bader

Good options counseling requires a mix of concrete information and careful listening so that individuals can decide which alternative best meets their needs. That’s why one former patient gets so riled up when conservatives condemn Planned Parenthood: “I want these legislators to know that my three-year-old is here, not despite, but because of, Planned Parenthood." 

‘Feminists for Life:’ A built-in contradiction?

Eleanor J. Bader

Many scholars and activists argue that women's liberation rests on a foundation of full reproductive options. Feminists For Life believes the opposite, arguing that being "prolife" (that is, anti-abortion) is inextricably linked to female empowerment.

STOKING FIRE: Sisters of Life

Eleanor J. Bader

Sisters of Life take an oath to work "to enhance the sacredness of human life,” a vow making them the world’s only religious order to make opposition to abortion their sole raison d’être.

Stoking Fire: The Sexual Politics of Condom Use

Eleanor J. Bader

In the Caribbean, where HIV is a public health crisis, government, media, business and NGOs have responded with frank and open talk about prevention. In the U.S., by contrast, 56,000 newly diagnosed cases of HIV a year get scant notice.

TRAPping Abortion Providers

Eleanor J. Bader

Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures performed. But anti-choicers won't listen to evidence -- they claim that abortion is unsafe. And in states across the country, they've managed to pass a host of burdensome regulations, called TRAP laws, on abortion provision that make it nearly impossible for abortion clinics to stay open.

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