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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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.

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