Religious freedom has become the broad catchphrase in today’s biggest culture war issues. The Obama administration’s contraception mandate is the latest example, as the Supreme Court ruled June 30 in favor of Hobby Lobby and another corporation that wanted to opt out of birth control coverage.
Jodi Magee is founding president and CEO of Physicians for Reproductive Health.
The Guttmacher Institute offers this Feb. 1, 2014, summary of state policies on emergency contraception, including a chart that shows which states allow pharmacists to refuse to dispense it. See also the institute’s February 2014 explanation of state policies on insurance coverage of contraceptives.
Eleven percent of sexually experienced American women ages 15-44 have used emergency contraception at least once, according to the 2006–2010 National Survey of Family Growth. That’s a jump from 1 percent of such women in 1995, the study says.
Kate Mogulescu is the founder and supervising attorney of the Trafficking Victims Advocacy Project at the Legal Aid Society in New York City. The project has won praise from the American Bar Association, and Mogulescu has trained public defenders and prosecutors throughout the nation, as well as locally, on how to identify victims of sex trafficking […]
Read a Jan. 31, 2014, op-ed in The New York Times by Kate Mogulescu, founder and supervising attorney of the Trafficking Victims Advocacy Project at the Legal Aid Society. Mogulescu objects to what she calls the annual “Super Bowl sex-trafficking hype,” saying that it typically results in few if any prosecutions of traffickers and harms year-round efforts […]
Betty Ann Boeving is founder and executive director of the Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition. Email her through the organization’s website.
Jenny Almquist is director of Fierce Freedom, a nonprofit that she launched in 2012 to educate the people of west-central Wisconsin about human trafficking and work to stop it. Almquist makes presentations to churches and civic groups, talks with lawmakers about the need for stronger laws and works with local law enforcement to combat the […]
Jeanette Bradley is the founder of 2nd Chance Ministries, an Ohio-based Christian street ministry that helps people who want to escape a bad situation and make a new life. She overcame a history of drug addiction and prostitution, a past she recounts in her book I’m Still Standing.