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Emily Douglas

Emily Douglas is The Nation‘s web editor. She was Associate Editor at Rewire from 2007-2009. She has been involved in feminist and pro-choice activism for many years, and her writing on reproductive rights and other issues has appeared in The American Prospect, The Nation, and Rewire. She has also worked in direct service legal advocacy at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders in Boston. She graduated from Harvard University in 2004.


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An Rewire Farewell

Emily Douglas

A farewell, and a thank you, the incredible community of reproductive justice advocates and writers gathered around Rewire.

VIDEO: Anti-Health Care Reformers Turn to Threats of Violence

Emily Douglas

In a chilling collection of anecdotes, Rachel Maddow last night connected the dots between a handful of instances of threatened and parodied violence against Democratic, pro-health care reform legislators and the known tendency towards violence among the radical right in the United States.

VIDEO: PBS Examines “Abortion Providers Under Siege”

Emily Douglas

PBS has produced an exceptional segment about violence and harassment targeting abortion providers, asking whether Dr. George Tiller's killing was an act of domestic terrorism and what the effect of decades of violence has on women's access to the procedure.

VIDEO: Rachel Maddow and Frank Schaeffer on Anti-Choice Violence

Emily Douglas

Rachel Maddow guest Frank Schaeffer says that while he doesn't think that more extreme wings of the anti-choice movement collaborated with alleged killer Scott Roeder or knew he planned to murder Dr. George Tiller, anti-choice groups do know who commits vandalism against clinics, who glues the doors shut, who might plan to throw firebombs.

VIDEO: Rachel Maddow Investigates Scott Roeder’s History of Anti-Clinic Violence

Emily Douglas

In an extensive interview with the office manager "Jeffrey Peterson" of the Central Family Medicine Clinic in Kansas City, Rachel Maddow last night established that Roeder had repeatedly visited and vandalized that clinic -- a federal crime under the FACE Act, that the FBI had been alerted to Roeder's harassment of that clinic, and that the FBI did nothing about it.

Operation Rescue, Jill Stanek: Only Too Happy to Aid and Abet

Emily Douglas

Anti-choice groups across the nation are busy insisting that since they didn't personally pull the trigger, their protests, harassment, and hate speech are not to blame for the murder of Kansas abortion provider Dr. George Tiller. Yet some anti-choice activists -- even now -- seem only too happy to aid and abet the crazy ones who will resort to violence.

California Supreme Court Upholds Proposition 8

Emily Douglas

The California Supreme Court today ruled Proposition 8, the ballot initiative outlawing same-sex marriage, constitutional, while declaring valid the thousands of same-sex marriages that took place while same-sex marriage was legal in the state.

Supreme Court Rules Against Women Workers

Emily Douglas

Women whose pension payments are reduced because they took pregnancy-related leave during their employment when pregnancy discrimination wasn't illegal aren't entitled to full pension benefits now, the Supreme Court ruled today.

Roundup: Justice Souter to Retire

Emily Douglas

Justice Souter to leave Supreme Court; North Carolina sex ed bill advances; thinking about "sexting;"Serve America Act bans abortion counseling and provision; World Bank's AIDS efforts fail to deliver; anti-choicer grades Obama's first 100 days.

Roundup: Sebelius Confirmed as HHS Secretary

Emily Douglas

Sebelius confirmed as Secretary of Health and Human Services; recession hits teen pregnancy prevention programs; Montana may cut contraceptive coverage from CHIP; Missouri House approves amendment to protect pharmacists who deny medications.

RJ100: Reproductive Justice and Obama’s First 100 Days

Emily Douglas

Are your reproductive rights more secure today than they were 100 days ago? How about the human rights of women around the world? Are we making progress toward universal access to basic sexual and reproductive health services, comprehensive sex education and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment here and abroad? Rewire evaluates whether Obama is making the grade.

Roundup: Indeed, Breast Is Best

Emily Douglas

Indeed, breast is best, Senate Finance Committee to vote on Sebelius nomination; White House unveils domestic HIV/AIDS plan; new NIH guidelines address creation of stem cell lines.

Roundup: How Beneficial Is Breastfeeding?

Emily Douglas

How beneficial is breastfeeding?; Vatican rejects Caroline Kennedy as ambassador; abortion legislation in Kansas after Sebelius; comparing the struggles for marriage equality and reproductive rights.

VIDEO: Jesus and Pope Come to Blows Over Condoms

Emily Douglas

What with Catholic Church hierarchy claiming to be infallible, do you ever wish you could just ask go straight to the top and ask Jesus whether, whatever Pope Benedict XVI may say to the contrary, condoms are a useful HIV prevention measure?

Roundup: TRAP Law On the Move in Indiana

Emily Douglas

TRAP laws on the move in Indiana; Planned Parenthood, Californians protest suspension of contract; abortion restriction goes into effect in Ohio; more on the Advisory Council on Faith-Based Initiatives and the White House's "common ground" conference call.

Tyra Banks, Sex Ed Teacher?

Emily Douglas

There's something appealing about Tyra Banks's non-nonsense approach to Levi Johnston: she'd make a pretty good big sister, if a bad sex ed teacher.

Roundup: Texas Considers “Abstinence-Plus”

Emily Douglas

"Abstinence-plus" under consideration in Texas; North Dakota Senate Committee votes down "egg-as-person;" Population Connection staffer becomes abstinence educator; Obama's nominees face Republican opposition; rank-and-file Catholics share views of non-Catholics; CatholicVote.org looks to viral videos.

Sebelius to Testify Before Senate Committee

Emily Douglas

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, President Obama's nominee to be Secretary of Health and Human Services, will address the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions at 10 this morning in her first confirmation hearing.

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