Jodi Jacobson is a long-time leader in the health and development community and an advocate with extensive experience in public health, gender equity, human rights, environment and demographic issues. Previously, Jodi was the Director of Advocacy at American Jewish World Service and the founder and Executive Director of the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), an organization that monitors and seeks to promote accountability of US international policy to women’s reproductive and sexual health and rights.
Jodi has been quoted extensively on issues related to public health in the Lancet, BMJ and The Economist and national daily news media including The New York Times, The Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. She has written numerous articles and papers, and is the co-author of 10 books.
Prior to establishing CHANGE, Jodi was a consultant to numerous organizations in the environmental and reproductive health and population fields, including the International Women’s Health Coalition, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Population Council, and the Women’s Environment and Development Organization. Her previous work experience includes a position as Senior Policy Analyst for Energy and Environment at the National Governor’s Association, and as a Senior Researcher at the WorldWatch Institute.
The same members of Congress who are famous for burning through millions in taxpayer dollars "investigating" Planned Parenthood, Benghazi, and emails, emails, emails are deeply concerned about the "fairness" of the ethical rules applied to their own conduct.
Irrespective of prior failures to use the Kermit Gosnell case to incite the public, the anti-choice movement is now trying again, with a docudrama titled Gosnell, ostensibly to be released in early 2017.
So let me repeat: The man who has been chosen to be the national security adviser to the president tweets dangerous, malicious, unproven conspiracy theories that have now led to a near disaster at a local family restaurant.
Despite the fact that Donald Trump's admission on self-dealing in the work of his foundation leaves open the question of prosecution, the media found a different shiny thing to talk about: the statement by Trump, followed up by his spokesperson Kellyanne Conway, that he would not seek to prosecute Hillary Clinton.
MGM, NBC, and The Apprentice producer Mark Burnett have been using what may be shaky legal arguments to protect Donald Trump from the release of tapes many say further reveal racist and misogynistic attitudes of the GOP's presidential nominee. Now it turns out they will relaunch the show in January with a new host, former California Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has also been accused of allegedly groping women on "movie sets, in studios, and in other settings."
What took so long for members of the GOP to try to "dump Trump?" The answer lies in the deep pathologies of the GOP agenda, which are shaped in turn by the fundamentalist corporate and religious forces that now control the party, and a shared Madonna-Whore approach to women foundational to the GOP platform.
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Republicans have tried to pass Trump's most recent comments off as a joke because to accept the reality of that rhetoric would mean going to the core of their entire party platform and their strategies. The GOP would have to come to terms with the toll its power plays are taking on the country writ large.
If Donald Trump is looking for someone who, like himself, has problems with the truth, isn't inclined to rely on facts, has little to no concern for the health and welfare of the poorest, doesn't understand health care, and bases his decisions on discriminatory beliefs, then Pence is his guy.
No matter how much the anti-choice movement dissembles, there is only one reality: The laws and policies pushed by the movement and the politicians it supports punish women both explicitly and implicitly.
Our name and site have changed, but our goals remain the same: to provide you, our readers, with evidence-based news, analysis, commentary, and investigative reporting on reproductive and sexual health, rights, and justice.
We need more justices with deeper roots in different communities and a broader worldview than white male candidates from Yale or Harvard, ones who are not devoted to the inevitable blind spots of a group of men who lived more than 200 years ago.
I have never heard anyone ask for some deeper reflection by a politician on the consequences of treating the lives of millions of people and families like so many political poker chips to bargain away at the election table.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi could not articulate a vigorous, unapologetic, and evidence-based response on abortion to questions posed in an interview this week by Roll Call's Melinda Henneberger.
Women are critical to the success of Democratic candidates. These voters might be forgiven for being unclear about whether those for whom they vote actually mean to keep their promises when they get into office.
When allegations of sexual assault or harassment are levied against a prominent man many people look the other way. And knowing that those who would otherwise hold an abuser accountable will indeed look the other way, victims are less likely to stand up for themselves in the first place, especially when their income and health-care benefits are on the line.
Over and over again we've seen that the GOP and the anti-choice movement writ large blatantly disregard the likely consequences of their own rhetoric, and then cry foul when asked to do some soul-searching.
Before the official start of the Thanksgiving holiday, we wanted to officially introduce the most recent additions to our growing staff, each of whom plays a key role in our mission to provide evidence-based news, commentary, analysis, and investigative reporting on reproductive and sexual health, rights, and justice.
In an effort to pull the rug out from under the most recent attacks by the anti-choice movement, Planned Parenthood decided this week to forgo reimbursement for fetal tissue donation, while still offering this option to its patients. Some worry that this action may make matters worse in the long term.
McCarthyism is defined in the dictionary as the practice of making accusations unsupported by proof or based on slight, doubtful, or irrelevant evidence, and the practice of making unfair allegations or using unfair investigative techniques especially in order to restrict dissent or political criticism. I'd say today's radicalized GOP has them both down pat.
It is the job of the media to help inform the public by providing information that is accurate, fair, and thorough, and neither misinforms nor oversimplifies. Unfortunately the media too often fails at its job, and in this case NPR did too.
Targeting O'Donnell's personal life is, unlike, say, Josh Duggar, unlikely to influence public perceptions of the anti-choice movement as a whole. To target her and open her up to harassment based on her sexual preferences was wrong.
According to Erick Erickson, a regular Fox News contributor, editor of RedState.com, and guest host for Rush Limbaugh, women who seek reproductive health care are "pregnant female animals" with no ability for autonomous thinking.
Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ), for example, was not "chilled" enough by the video to do anything about it when he first saw it at least a month earlier than it was released to the public, as he admitted to Roll Call.
The only people profiting off the "sale" of fetal body parts are the members of the anti-choice movement, right-wing politicians, and the snake-oil salesmen and women otherwise known as GOP candidates for president.
In response to a recent profile of NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue, in which she recounted how anti-choice advocates couldn't handle her growing pregnant belly, we've created a new Tumblr to show off our pro-choice and pregnant, or pro-choice and parenting, selves. Join us!
Josh Duggar resigned from his position as executive director of the Family Research Council on Thursday after reports surfaced that as a young teen he had fondled the breasts and genitals of several girls, including his own sisters, over an unknown period of time beginning in at least 2002.
At a time when the nation is facing numerous crises, including crumbling and increasingly dangerous infrastructure, the GOP leadership in Congress is deregulating and defunding services and agencies that save people's lives, while obsessing about abortion bans. And for this they are called "pro-life."
Texas politicians have been telling us all along that they are passing onerous abortion restrictions out of concern for women's health. But today RNC Chair Reince Priebus said it was all about taxpayer funding of abortion, which doesn't exist in Texas. Hey, Reince? I'm confused.
Studies find that women of all religious faiths and traditions, all political affiliations, and all races, classes, and backgrounds have abortions. Columnist Kevin Williamson believes all such women should be hanged.
As many of our readers know, on Monday morning Rewire posted a graphic on our Facebook page that included a link to an article on another website that, as many people rightly pointed out, is transphobic. This should not have happened and I apologize.
Like so many before it, the outcome of the trial of Michael Dunn for the murder of Jordan Davis reveals how deeply ingrained racism is in this country. Somehow, some way, this must end, and it is up to each of us to end it.
I try to remember the things for which I am thankful throughout the calendar year. At this time of year, however, many of us are obviously engaged in a collective effort in reflecting on who we are, what we have, and for what we are thankful. I am thankful for all of you.
The defeat of the 20-week abortion ban in Albuquerque underscores a critical but often overlooked point in abortion politics: When given the chance, voters have consistently rejected the anti-choice agenda.
On Wednesday, after many years spent on the defensive in the "war on women," advocates took to Capitol Hill in two simultaneous efforts to protect and advance the health and rights of women and girls in the United States.
To be published in the journal Contraception, the research concludes women having second trimester medication abortions face no increased risk of future premature birth, miscarriage, low birth weight, or placental complications when compared to first trimester medication abortions.
Though there was initial confusion as to whether SB 5 had passed, Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Cecile Richards announced in the Texas capitol early Wednesday morning that the legislation is dead, to huge cheers from the hundreds of pro-choice advocates still gathered in the building.
Rather than examining why its policies are so deeply problematic and disliked, the GOP instead tries to paint over them by selecting radicals who "look like" the people whose rights they are determined to gut.
Trent Franks' federal 20-week abortion ban is a dangerous piece of legislation, based on false and completely disproven assertions about "evidence" of fetal pain. Yet many media outlets are assisting in perpetuating these lies.
Public health advocates are celebrating Monday night's announcement that the Obama administration will comply with a court order to make emergency contraception available over-the-counter without age restrictions.
In May, the same group of experts urged the government of El Salvador to act swiftly to provide a safe abortion for Beatriz, the 22-year-old woman whose pregnancy was finally terminated via hysterotomy abortion earlier this week.
In a stunning decision made worse by the length of time it took to be handed down, the Supreme Court of El Salvador denied a young woman "permission" on Wednesday for an abortion needed to save her life.
Marco Rubio said the Heritage Foundation's work on immigration is "not a legitimate study." He's right. The author of the study, Robert Rector, has a long history of producing studies of questionable legitimacy.
More than 45,000 people in the United States and internationally are demanding that Mauricio Funes, President of El Salvador, immediately authorize doctors to perform an abortion to save the life of Beatriz, a 22-year old woman and mother of a toddler.
Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin used the Gosnell trial to suggest several ways to further diminish access to safe, legal abortion care in the United States through what she calls a "Gosnell amendment." She has no idea what she is talking about.
The Obama administration's newest plan to make emergency contraception over-the-counter to some groups and not others only creates more confusion and a new set of barriers to access. I guess this administration would rather play Russian Roulette with teen pregnancy than make it easier to prevent.
In a long-awaited decision released early this morning, U.S. District Court Judge Edward Korman ordered the FDA to make emergency contraception available over-the-counter to women of all ages, marking a major win for public health and women's rights.
Papers filed in court by the U.S. Department of Justice reveal that a Kansas county jail inmate has asserted that Angel Dillard, a known anti-choice domestic terrorist, asked him last year to firebomb the home of Dr. Mila Means.
In an unusual move, the full United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has agreed to hear an appeal of an earlier ruling in the lawsuit brought by Hobby Lobby against the birth control benefit in the Affordable Care Act.
Eighteen for-profit companies have filed lawsuits to overturn the birth control benefit in the Affordable Care Act, which requires that all insurance policies cover birth control without a co-pay as part of preventive care. These companies argue that including insurance coverage for birth control "violates their religious freedom." Here's a brief introduction to those companies and their cases.
An Arizona group seeking to establish legal personhood for fertilized eggs and embryos is proposing a new way for the state to keep tabs on the personal reproductive decisions of its citizens: Embryo tracking.
Today, Senator Patty Murray, Chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs’ Committee, will ask the Senate to pass by unanimous consent a bill to end a ban by the Veterans Administration on support for in-vitro fertilization (IVF).
Hyperemesis is no stroll in the palace park. Kate may be a princess, but she is also human. Women of every race, class, and income level face risks in pregnancy and put their bodies on the line every time they get pregnant. The only differences between the princess and the pauper are that one has proper food, nutrition, and care and the other has none.
Numerous questions have arisen in the wake of Savita's case. Why did this happen? Doesn't Ireland, a country with otherwise draconian abortion laws, allow abortion to save the life of the mother? Was there any doubt an abortion was necessary to save Savita's life? Can this happen in the United States? And here are my answers.
Last month, a Catholic hospital in Ireland effectively murdered a pregnant woman by denying her a life-saving abortion. Anti-choicers in the United States are trying to impose the same policies on women in the United States. This must be stopped.
In Thursday's hearing, Planned Parenthood argued that its exclusion from the WHP would have a significant negative impact on low-income Texans' access to health care; in its defense, the state argued that any negative impact was irrelevant to the case.
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