One way to prevent policy change is to pretend incidents are random rather than part of a systemic problem. What was the most striking pattern of harassment to emerge in your interviews?Connon: Home picketing was the most consistent story. We heard a lot of stories about providers whose families woke up on Saturday morning to anywhere between five and 50 people standing outside their house.Cohen: We also heard a lot of stories about anti-abortion protesters using providers’ personal information to send the message, “I know about you. I know where you live. I know who your kids are. I know what activities they participate in.” Extremists will find their information any way they can – public databases, Internet searches, lawsuits, following people home – and then they state it or yell it to the provider, which says to them, “If I wanted to, I could get to you. I can invade your space or harm you.” Given the murders and violent assaults and arsons … [Read more...] about How Abortion Providers Are ‘Living in the Crosshairs’
Why message is not sending
Journalists often unwittingly collude with this strategy, by quoting made-up phrases and fact-free medical claims in the course of statehouse reporting. In an effort to be balanced, they may also quote a women’s health advocate, who disputes the claims made by the anti-choice politician, giving both the true statement and the untrue statement equal weight, leaving readers to decide what is true and what is not – an increasingly difficult task, under the circumstances. In the course of the bill’s route through the legislative process, propaganda and medically inaccurate claims are amplified into mainstream conversation, all of which undermines the ideals of informed consent and evidence-based care. … [Read more...] about How Politicians Force Doctors to Lie to Women
This particular song is not the best of Britney’s pop anthems; any serious ranking of her discography would have to put it lower than “Soda Pop.” When the song came up on a 2018 episode of Rolling Stone’s Music Now podcast, writers Rob Sheffield and Brittany Spanos said they loved it, to which host Brian Hiatt interjected, “You do not love that song.” Somehow, they are all right. We might hate “E-Mail My Heart,” but we love it, too. Even as we’re put off by its over-the-top Nineties production, we love the way it predicted our digitally-dependent existence. Yes, it’s the most ridiculous track on her debut album, but its relevance cannot be denied. Now more than ever, this cheesy ballad about love and email is the Britney song we need most. … [Read more...] about Did Britney Spears See the Future With ‘E-Mail My Heart’?
It’s not that Trump didn’t have anything to say. The keyboard warrior-in-chief had no problem posting tweets railing against those who were protesting police brutality in Minnesota, calling them “THUGS” and threatening, “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.” (Twitter labeled the tweets as the president “glorifying violence.”) But in person Friday, instead of sending a message about justice or empathy to the victim’s family while speaking to the nation, Trump only spoke about China and cutting funding to the World Health Organization. … [Read more...] about Trump Gives Press Conference, Says Nothing About Killing of George Floyd
It’s natural to wish for life “to just get back to normal” as a pandemic and economic crisis upend everything around us. But we have to remember that for millions of Americans, being treated differently on account of race is tragically, painfully, maddeningly “normal” – whether it’s while dealing with the health care system, or interacting with the criminal justice system, or jogging down the street, or just watching birds in a park. … [Read more...] about Trump Expresses Condolences to Family of George Floyd: ‘I Understand the Hurt. I Understand the Pain’