Pamela Merritt

Reproaction

Pamela Merritt is co-founder and co-director of Reproaction, a new direct action group forming to increase access to abortion and advance reproductive justice. Merritt studied Anthropology at Bard College at Simon’s Rock and Brandeis University. Merritt blogs at AngryBlackBitch.com, and was a founding member of the Trust Black Women Partnership. She has been a featured contributor on National Public Radio (NPR), and her writing has been published in the Chicago Sun-Times, Guardian UK, and Salon. In 2008 AngryBlackBitch.com was named one of the world’s 50 most powerful blogs by the Guardian UK.


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Pamela Merritt
Pamela Merritt

Commentary Human Rights

The Sound of Silence: Where Is the Anti-Choice Outcry Over North Carolina’s Forced Sterilization of Women of Color?

From the early 1900s up until the 1970’s, over 30 states had formal eugenics programs, that enforced compulsory sterilization of individuals deemed to be “unfit” and “promiscuous.” States sterilized people that were disabled, poor, people of color, and immigrants. North Carolina had a particularly aggressive program. Yet the silence from anti-choice groups on the issue is deafening.

Alveda King’s Dangerous PayDay Loan

Pamela Merritt

This past weekend the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. took the stage and tried to sell this nation a payday loan as the payment solution on that check her uncle spoke of 47 years ago.

Fetuses as Slaves? I Don’t Think So

Pamela Merritt

When anti-choice organizations charge that the most dangerous place for a Black baby is in a Black woman’s womb, they are attacking Black women’s capacity to parent and make health care decisions. 

Trust Women? Not in Missouri

Pamela Merritt

A bill passed in Missouri shows how ill-informed lawmakers are about state law, how little respect they have for women, and how little they actually know about real women’s lives.

HIV Transmission through Pre-Chewed Baby Food?

Pamela Merritt

Could pre-chewed baby food be a vector for HIV transmission? A report in Pediatrics suggests that it may -- but when thinking about this phenomenon, we need to avoid the knee-jerk "Ewwww" reaction that a ScienceNews reporter had.

Pay It Right

Pamela Merritt

If we're going to do health care reform we need to do it right -- lest we expand the historic failure of government-provided healthcare for Native Americans nationwide.

Why Don’t the Candidates Speak Out on HIV?

Pamela Merritt

News that African-Americans are just 12 percent of the population but 46 percent of new HIV infections should get the presidential candidates talking about HIV/AIDS. They're not -- so we went looking for their positions.

Sex Ed: Not Just for Teens

Pamela Merritt

STD rates are up among older adults. And our reaction -- surprise, confusion -- suggests that we need to examine our attitudes towards sexuality at any age.

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