Steph is a researcher and advocate with a background in abortion care, abortion funds, and reproductive health advocacy. She hold a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University. Steph founded the website IAmDrTiller.com and the blog AbortionGang.org. In 2011, she was awarded the Rosie Jimenez Award from the Women’s Medical Fund for her use of social media in destigmatizing abortion. She is a current board member of New York Abortion Access Fund.
Knowing what patients value and need from a clinic at the time of their abortion can help us make sure that abortion care is not only safe, but also patient-centered and provided in a compassionate manner.
How can we use all the data we have to create programs that actually make a dent in abortion stigma?
Requiring Medicaid coverage of abortion is a far cry from guaranteeing that people can access an abortion when they need one.
Instead of only emphasizing that couples should use contraception consistently and correctly, we have to figure out how to help them clarify their feelings about pregnancy, even if those feelings are messy and complicated.
It may be true that the pro-choice movement is “more fragmented than it’s ever been,” but this is not because young people are clamoring to overthrow those who are running legacy organizations.
Many highly trained physicians provide abortion care, so why do abortion providers continue to be stereotyped as substandard doctors?
How do the intersections between adoption, poverty, race, and class play out today?
We should understand women who have had multiple abortions through their individual life experiences rather than judging them based on their pregnancy history.
We know what we think about the Hyde Amendment. But what do women who are on Medicaid, the very people who are most affected by Hyde, think about the restrictions it places on their insurance coverage?
When we rely on a relief/regret dichotomy to define women’s emotional experiences after their abortions, we leave little room for the complexity inherent in women’s reproductive lives.