Jenn Stanley

Senior Producer

Jenn Stanley is a journalist, writer, and audio producer living in Chicago, Illinois. Currently, she’s a Senior Producer for Rewire.News. Her work has appeared in the Guardian, Salon, the Windy City Times, and Next City, among others, and she’s worked as a facilitator at StoryCorps. She has an M.S. in journalism from Northwestern University.


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Teens, Sex, and the Law: CHOICE/LESS Season Four Arrives Later This Year

Jenn Stanley

It's no secret that parents and kids struggle to have honest conversations around sex and intimacy. At the same time, sex ed continues to disappear from our schools, and 38 states require teens to include their parents in their abortion decisions. This summer, host Jenn Stanley will help teens, parents, lawmakers, activists, and anyone who cares about young people find some answers to a simple question awash in complexity: If adults can't or won't talk to young people about sex, how can the law mandate that teens involve parents in their abortion decision?

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CHOICE/LESS – Our Family Business Is Abortion Care

Jenn Stanley

Calla Hales is the lead administrator of a regional chain of abortion clinics called A Preferred Women's Health Center, which she took over from her parents. She discusses her experience running a chain of clinics at such a young age, and what it's like growing up when the family business is abortion care.

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CHOICE/LESS: The Backstory, Episode 1: The 1956 Puerto Rican Pill Trial

Jenn Stanley

Today, many people might be appalled to hear of a medical study being conducted on unwitting participants, but the concept of informed consent as we understand it today wasn't always a standard practice in health care. The first episode of our new miniseries CHOICE/LESS: The Backstory explores what went wrong during the 1956 contraceptive pill trial in Puerto Rico.

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CHOICE/LESS — Dominick Evans: How Can You Treat Me if You Won’t Recognize Me?

Jenn Stanley

Dominick Evans is a filmmaker and activist who has a progressive, neuromuscular disability called spinal muscular atrophy. He needs the help of a wheelchair and other people to complete most physical tasks. He's also transgender. These intersecting identities have made it difficult for him to access the most basic and necessary reproductive health care — even in the emergency room.

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CHOICE/LESS — Dr. Nicola Moore: If Not Me, Who?

Jenn Stanley

Dr. Nicola Moore travels across the country to provide abortions at clinics where laws have made it nearly impossible to find providers in those areas. She has faced harassment and intimidation, but anti-choice threats haven't stopped her from helping to make abortion accessible. Listen to her story now on CHOICE/LESS.

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CHOICE/LESS – Cherisse Scott: So Why Am I Here?

Jenn Stanley

Fourteen years ago, Cherisse Scott was a singer finishing a national tour. The career she'd worked so hard for all her life was about to blossom. Then an unplanned pregnancy and a trip to what she thought was an abortion clinic changed all of that. Listen to her story on this episode of CHOICE/LESS.

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CHOICE/LESS – Mindy Swank: How Could You Treat Women So Poorly in the Name of God?

Jenn Stanley

Mindy Swank grew up staunchly "pro-life" in a conservative Baptist family in Illinois. Then at age 24, already a wife and mother, Mindy developed life-threatening complications during a pregnancy. Unfortunately, it wasn’t just her church and family that felt she should risk death rather than terminate her pregnancy—the Catholic hospital at which she was being treated seemed to share that same sentiment.

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CHOICE/LESS – Evan Minton: Why Did They Cancel My Surgery?

Jenn Stanley

Evan Minton is a transgender man, and the day before his hysterectomy was scheduled, his doctor called him with bad news: the surgery was cancelled. Dignity Health was a Catholic hospital, and claimed that Evan’s hysterectomy would conflict with the church's ethical and religious directives. But Evan chose his name for a reason; one of its meanings is fierce warrior, and he was ready to fight.

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CHOICE/LESS, Episode 9 – Dr. Debra Stulberg: Did you hear we’re going to be working for the Pope?

Jenn Stanley

Catholic hospitals and health-care networks are thriving while other non-profit and community hospitals are struggling. As many hospitals try to stay afloat amidst continued turmoil in the health care industry, some merge with Catholic health-care networks, which follow the ethical and religious directives of the Church.  As a result, about 20 percent of the hospital beds […]

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CHOICE/LESS, Bonus Episode – Jessica Mason Pieklo: What does the Supreme Court decision really mean?

Jenn Stanley

All season long, CHOICE/LESS, has delivered powerful, personal stories of reproductive injustice and the laws, politics and people beyond the headlines. Over the past three years, it seems like one anti-choice law in particular has dominated the headlines: Texas House Bill 2. Jessica Mason Pieklo, vice president of law and the courts at Rewire, describes the bill as […]

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CHOICE/LESS, Episode 8 – Brittany: Why wouldn’t someone help me?

Jenn Stanley

A 2014 amendment to Tennessee’s fetal homicide bill allowed the state to charge pregnant women with aggravated assault, which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison, if they have pregnancy complications after illegal narcotic use.  It’s the first law of its kind, and its opened the door for the state to charge women for drug use, and […]

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CHOICE/LESS, Episode 05 – Tina: What will the judge say?

Jenn Stanley

Texas is one of 38 states that require some form of parental involvement when a minor seeks an abortion. In the 5th episode of CHOICE/LESS, we hear from Tina Hester,  the executive director of Jane’s Due Process. She helps Texas minors who, for whatever reason, can’t involve a parent in their abortion decisions. Specifically, Tina assists pregnant […]

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CHOICE/LESS, Episode 04 – Kelly: How Do I Take Back My Story?

Jenn Stanley

CHOICE/LESS creates a platform for people to take back their stories from the dangerous, false, and shameful rhetoric surrounding sex, unplanned pregnancy, and reproductive rights. But coming forward requires bravery, because it can come at a price. This episode is a perfect example of how anti-choice legislators and activists often try to advance their agenda by […]

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CHOICE/LESS, Episode 01 – Candice: When is it okay?

Jenn Stanley

In this first episode of CHOICE/LESS, Candice discusses how her childhood influenced her own reproductive decisions, and how her choices in childbearing and parenting were hindered by HB 2, the sprawling anti-abortion law at the heart of the Supreme Court case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.

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