pregnant, parenting, and pro-choice

New Favorite Tumblr: Pregnant, Parenting, and Pro-Choice

NARAL Pro-Choice America’s president Ilyse Hogue is pregnant with twins, which is apparently mind-boggling to anti-choicers. 

Honestly, I always thought when abortion opponents portray supporting reproductive rights as at odds with having a child it was just a cheap act — feigned disbelief meant to perpetuate the idea that having an abortion is something only heartless child-haters, not normal women, would do. But according to a recent Washington Post profile, Hogue’s pregnancy has been greeted with dropped jaws, even privately, by some anti-choice advocates on the Hill.

In reality, of course, 61 percent of those who have an abortion already have at least one kid, and the vast majority of the rest will go on to have one someday. As we mentioned on Friday, RH Reality Check created the Pregnant, Parenting, and Pro-Choice Tumblr to collect photos and stories from pro-choice parents. Many of them are explaining how being pregnant and raising a child strengthened their belief that those experiences, so rewarding and demanding, should always be freely chosen. You can submit here.


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Maya Dusenbery is executive director in charge of editorial at Feministing. She is the author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick (HarperOne, March 2018). She has been a fellow at Mother Jones magazine and a columnist at Pacific Standard magazine. Her work has appeared in publications like,, Bitch Magazine, as well as the anthology The Feminist Utopia Project. Before become a full-time journalist, she worked at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. A Minnesota native, she received her B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. After living in Brooklyn, Oakland, and Atlanta, she is currently based in the Twin Cities.

Maya Dusenbery is an executive director of Feministing and author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm on sexism in medicine.

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