Em-URGE-ing Voices

Age: 21

School: Bowling Green State University

Major: Human Development and Family Studies and minors in Sexuality Studies and Popular Culture

Hometown: Perrysburg, Ohio

Favorite writer: I would say it’s probably a three-way tie between John Green, Carolyn Mackler and Khaled Hosseini

Favorite sex scene from a movie/TV/book: Rose and Jack in Titanic in the car! Classic.

Hidden talent: I am a former competitor in grocery bagging competitions and one year made it to the state championships with the Ohio’s Grocers Association/

Posts By: Allie

We Won’t Go Back: Raising Youth Voices in Reproductive Justice

History was recently made in Ohio when over 300 people rallied at the capitol in Ohio for reproductive rights. I was fortunate enough to attend the We Won’t Go Back rally at the statehouse in Columbus, Ohio with my Choice USA chapter (and a fellow Choice USA blogger!). At this rally, I was very inspired by the high attendance, chants and calls to action to vote and change the political climate around abortion rights in Ohio. I felt lucky to be in the presence of America’s pro-choice superstars, such as Ellie Smeal of Feminist Majority Foundation. I kept thinking of how fortunate I was to be part of something so historical and important for my generation. However, I observed something funny about the representation of the reproductive justice movement throughout… Read more »

Support the Troops, Repeal Hyde

What does it mean when you say, “support the troops?” As a whole, the US has many supportive organizations for those who serve in the military and their families, everything from national campaigns for job placement to the USO providing services for families. But what about abortion and reproductive care?

5 Ways Anti-Choice Organizations are Co-Opting Social Justice

Warning: Post contains a graphic image. When you hear the words, “justice,” “equality” and “compassion,” what do you think about? Do these words conjure up thoughts of a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speech? Or you may think about the language that advocates for domestic violence survivors or marriage equality may use. To particular anti-choice organizations, these words are the new framework for limiting your reproductive health. National organizations have started listening to the social justice movement and have found ways to make limiting choices about your body about “love for all.” Here are the several ways that anti-choice organizations have been trying to reframe their strategies to be youth-led, social justice organizations. 1. They recruit young people to spread their message.

Abortion Access Month: How (Dis)Ability Can No Longer Be Ignored

What does abortion access look like to you? For many, it’s having private insurances and Medicaid cover the cost of the procedure, creating strong networks of social support and not having to drive five hours or out of state for a clinic. September is Abortion Access Month; For the reproductive justice movement, access is more than just Roe vs. Wade. It’s access on all levels – being able to afford the procedure, erasing the stigma behind it and having a high quality clinic nearby. What the movement tends to forget in this fight is how ability can impact accessibility.