Elisabeth Garber-Paul

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Elisabeth Garber-Paul is a recent graduate from The New School’s Eugene Lang College, where she was the Editor in Chief of the New School Free Press. She now interns at The Nation magazine in New York, and has been published in OMMA, Media, and The Nation.


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Millennials and The Right To Choose

Elisabeth Garber-Paul

Since Bart Stupak tried to ban federal funding of abortion in a House bill earlier this month, there’s been an abundance of opining articles on the public perception of abortion. And according to two articles published recently, the real split isn’t between red states or blue states, but generational approaches to the issue of abortion.

New Study: “A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything”

Elisabeth Garber-Paul

A lot has changed since John F. Kennedy put Eleanor Roosevelt at the head of the very first Commission on the Status of Women. According to Anthropologist Margaret Mead, who co-edited the final report of that organization, "the climate of opinion is turning against the idea that homemaking is the only form of feminine achievement."

Abstinence Only: Back So Soon?

Elisabeth Garber-Paul

I thought we all decided that abstinence only education doesn’t work. And I don’t mean “we” as in the pro-choice reproductive rights community—I mean students, teachers, parents, school boards, and even the president. But I guess some members of congress didn’t get the memo.

The Evil Pill?

Elisabeth Garber-Paul

In a column on CSCNews.com yesterday, Judie Brown made the ridiculous statement that birth control is "a recreational drug with serious side effects." As if unprotected sex isn't?

Gender Testing and Women’s Sports

Elisabeth Garber-Paul

Testing 18-year-old South African athlete Caster Semenya to determine whether or not she is female is the latest demonstration of the way societies are unable to accept that gender is fluid and people are not always "one or the other."

Afghan Women Face Strict New Law

Elisabeth Garber-Paul

According to a troubling story out of Kabul today, the rights of Shiite women living in Afghanistan—and the relationships they have with their husbands—are significantly curtailed by a bill signed by Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Oklahoma Abortion Law Challenged

Elisabeth Garber-Paul

Next Tuesday, an Oklahoma judge will decide whether or not a woman seeking an abortion will be made to see her sonogram, and have it described out loud to her, before she is able to receive the procedure.

“Family Guy” Holds Back

Elisabeth Garber-Paul

Could Family Guy possibly have gone too far? The show, created by off-color comedian Seth MacFarlane, made its name by taking on issues not often touched by other animated sitcoms.

VIDEO: Are You a Man Or a Woman?

Elisabeth Garber-Paul

Whenever someone inadvertently finds out that my brother is transgendered, the slew of questions inevitably begins. “Why did he transition? What was he like as a girl? Did you think there was something wrong with him?”

IUDs Now A-OK?

Elisabeth Garber-Paul

I’ve been looking for a new form of birth control for a while. The pill never really interested me—I was on it for nearly a year in high school, but the side effects, along with actually remembering to take it—made it more difficult than helpful.

Nicaraguan Laws Increase Maternal Mortality

Elisabeth Garber-Paul

According to a report today from Feministing, Amnesty International has started a campaign to repeal the anti-abortion laws in Nicaragua, which were enacted one year ago—laws that ban abortion in every single case, regardless of the state of the mother or the fetus’s health, mandating prison sentences for women who request them and doctors who perform them.

Pleasurable Advice for Teens

Elisabeth Garber-Paul

There’s no use denying the pleasure of sex—even when it comes to talking with teens about sexual health. Not talking about why people have sex is not approaching the subject honestly, and therefore not a smart way to approach sexual education.

Kenya Gets Plan B

Elisabeth Garber-Paul

While here it has, generally, become a widely accepted emergency option, the BBC reported today that in Kenya, the emergency pill—or e-pill, as it’s called there—has caught on as many women’s favorite method of birth control, “some even buying the pills in advance.”

Rwandan Officials Promote Condom Use

Elisabeth Garber-Paul

Just months after the Pope denounced condom use in Africa, Rwanda’s Deputy Speaker of Parliament Dr. Jean Damascene Ntawukuriryayo said that the answer to his country’s high fertility rate, paired with a 52 percent poverty rate, is helping his people to drop the stigma attached to condoms.

From Chastity to Chaz

Elisabeth Garber-Paul

Having someone who is already in the public’s eye openly transition from female to male will help new generations be able to grow up knowing about this choice, thinking about this choice, and hopefully accepting this choice.

Is Pulling Out Losing Its Bad Rep?

Elisabeth Garber-Paul

Any time a friend has described their method of birth control as “pulling out,” I instinctively give them a judgmental look. We won Griswold v. Connecticut. We can buy condoms at any corner store. Sure, Plan B is over the counter, but why risk it?

NARAL Says No to O’Reilly

Elisabeth Garber-Paul

Bill O’Reilly is a notoriously imposing figure; his brash manner and inability to let his guests respond to obscene questioning must make the prospect of visiting his show terrifying.

Our Forgotton Foremother: Matilda Joslyn Gage

Elisabeth Garber-Paul

Nearly 150 years after their radical ideas helped to begin the first wave of feminism, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton are still household names. However Matilda Joslyn Gage, the outspoken journalist and early advocate for civil rights who worked closely with them on the day to day operations of the National Woman Suffrage Association, has largely been left out of the story.

La Derecha de Elegir

Elisabeth Garber-Paul

According to a report on Tuesday from Life Site News, the pro-life movement in Mexico is gaining ground. While abortions are still available in cases of rape and when the mother’s life is at risk, the option of terminating a pregnancy for any other reason is looking grim to those south of the border.

Framing the Sotomayor Debate

Elisabeth Garber-Paul

President Obama has made a Supreme Court pick that couldn't be more different from Harriet Miers -- a candidate with such a strong judicial record and empathetic stance that it's been hard for many in the Right to establish a coherent argument in her opposition.

Teaching Withdrawal

Elisabeth Garber-Paul

Despite the taboo against unprotected sex, it turns out that the withdrawal method, a.k.a. pulling out, is nearly as effective as condom use when used properly. As more evidence surfaces about the reality of withdrawal, should we include it in comprehensive sexual education?

MTV: Teen Pregnancy Meets Reality Television

Elisabeth Garber-Paul

It’s a far cry from the days when pregnant teens were packed up and sent away. Just a few decades ago, early pregnancy was seen as a stain on a family that was often elaborately hidden. But when reality television meets teen pregnancy, have we gone too far?

Gender-Based Abortions: A Slippery Slope

Elisabeth Garber-Paul

The right to choose, to me, has always meant that a woman can have access to abortion for any reason she wants. Not just for circumstances of rape and incest, but for her own, personal reasons that she is at no obligation to disclose. Sometimes it’s the health of the mother, or the health of the fetus. But what if it’s for a more superficial reason—like the gender?

North Dakota’s Draconian New Laws

Elisabeth Garber-Paul

North Dakota's House Bill 1371 requires doctors to show an ultrasound to a pregnant woman before she is allowed to go through with the procedure. Infantilizing towards the woman? Sure. Assuming that a woman doesn’t have long conversations and ambivalent thoughts about making this hard decision? This is nothing new.

Abstinence for All?

Elisabeth Garber-Paul

Of course Bristol Palin is pro-abstinence. She got pregnant, and now her son if four months old. And she realizes that if she hadn't had sex, she wouldn't have to deal with this.

Strip-Searching at Schools

Elisabeth Garber-Paul

In 2003, Savana Redding, a 13-year-old honor student at Safford Middle School in Arizona, was suspected by school administrators of carrying and distributing illegal drugs after a fellow student alleged that she was guilty.

LA Rape Kits Left to Rot

Elisabeth Garber-Paul

As a Law and Order: SVU junkie of sorts, I always assumed that there would be a sassy female detective pestering the crime lab to ensure that any sexual offender would be tracked down and reprimanded for their crime, making sure that every bit of evidence is tested. But when it comes to the handling of rape kits, life doesn’t always imitate television.

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