Lauren is a board-certified lactation consultant, full-spectrum doula, and health educator. Her deep commitment to reproductive justice led her to become a birth doula, and in 2011 she was trained as an abortion doula by The Doula Project of NYC. She is a co-founder of 11th Principle: Consent!, a group that educates on and advocates for consent culture at burns, cons, and similar events.
The prochoice movement is focusing on the fact that Arizona's new abortion bill measures pregnancy from a woman's last menstrual period. However, this is not inaccurate; instead we should be focusing on the aspects that will directly impact abortion access.
We in North Carolina are enduring yet another vicious attack on the rights of pregnant and childbearing individuals. Women seeking home births may have the legal right to do so, but just like the women seeking abortion care, these laws do nothing to protect access.
Under the incantation "One Man, One Woman," the National Organization for Marriage exists to challenge not only LGBT rights, but the rights of all men, women, and everyone in between to choose their own way to express their commitments for one another and define our families on our own terms.
If there was a large network of organizations that sought to support
women during unplanned pregnancies and offer unbiased,
fact-based options information, I'd be all for it. Unfortunately, such organizations don't exist.
Jon Stewart's interview with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee sought to create "common ground" on the abortion issue, but Stewart was not at all equipped with the tools to refute Huckabee's main talking points.