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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.

Lesbian Refused IVF Treatment in California

Pamela Merritt

A case before the California Supreme Court, brought by a woman refused in vitro fertilization by her doctors because she is a lesbian, serves as a reminder that medical discrimination is still a real threat for many Americans.

Teen Moms Mainstreamed as P Schools Vanish

Pamela Merritt

One third of young women who drop out of high school cite pregnancy and/or motherhood as the reason. But in recent years, special schools for pregnant students have been phased out in favor of mainstreaming. What's next?

More Needed on Black Women and Breast Cancer

Pamela Merritt

Recent studies have discovered a dramatic decline in breast cancer incidence resulting from a reduction in the use of hormone replacement therapy. It's good news -- except that it's not true for African-American women.

Fierce Debate Over Midwifery Licensure

Pamela Merritt

Currently, Missouri midwives must have a nursing degree and work under a doctor's supervision -- otherwise, they are committing a felony. A Senate bill under consideration would expand women's birthing options -- but the Missouri State Medical Association is fighting back.

Facts Have No Place in Ab-Only

Pamela Merritt

On the front lines healthcare providers and volunteers meet young women who learn prevention post-infection, who explore contraceptive options after a pregnancy and who are growing up in a culture where sophisticated media outlets sell sex as power.

Reading Between the Lines

Pamela Merritt

Two-thirds of hysterectomies in the United States may be unnecessary. But less-invasive alternatives require either money or solid insurance coverage.

It is “Suicide” to Ignore Sex Workers

Pamela Merritt

How would AIDS service organizations in American cities respond if they had to sign the anti-prostitution pledge required of PEPFAR grantees? What impact would that pledge have on Americans at risk for HIV infection?

Missouri, Show Some Legislative Sanity

Pamela Merritt

There's a whole lot of inaccuracy wrapped up in the so-called pharmacy protection bill being considered in Missouri. The bill not only seeks to protect pharmacies from legal action resulting from the refusal to sell a drug they can't sell -- it also reclassifies emergency contraception as an abortifacient.

Pamela Merritt
Pamela Merritt

Commentary Race

A Foundation of Mistrust

Google "black genocide" and a multitude of web sites indicting Planned Parenthood and other health providers for perpetrating genocide on black people fill the computer screen. It's tempting to scoff at such claims as the delusional ranting of the lunatic fringe, but that wouldn't be wise.

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