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  • Two Years After the Fall of Roe

    Sylvia Ghazarian by: Sylvia Ghazarian
    Two years ago, the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade marked a seismic shift in American reproductive rights. The repercussions have been swift and severe, with sweeping changes that jeopardize the health and autonomy of countless individuals. As we navigate the post-Roe landscape, the stakes could not be higher. In the aftermath of the Supreme Court's decision, nearly half of the states in the U.S. have enacted strict abortion bans or severe restrictions. States such as Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and 11 other states have implemented near-total bans, effectively cutting off access to abortion care for millions of people.

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  • Plastics: It's Personal

    Kathleen Rogers by: Kathleen Rogers
    The battle against plastics began decades ago. In the early days, the focus was on the proliferation of plastic pollution and its impact on land use. The battle shifted in the 1980s, with local skirmishes against single use plastics that created movements to push recycling and more recently now to ban plastics at the state and country level. With the myth of plastic recycling discredited, the public is finally beginning to understand that this is not simply a waste management problem.
      Now plastics have become personal.
      Although knowing for decades that plastics caused endocrine disruption, it was the discovery that plastics broke down into micro plastic particles and leached toxic plastic related chemicals that changed everything.

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  • Plastics, You and the Global Treaty

    Susan Bass by: Susan Bass
    This year Earth Day (April 22) marks the start of the fourth round of negotiations for a Global Plastics Treaty. Without much public fanfare, delegates from 175 countries together with hundreds of observers representing industry, academia, health organizations and environmental groups will gather in Ottawa to chart the course for the future of plastics and plastic pollution.
     
      The stakes could not be higher.
     
      Plastics have been linked to serious health problems, including cancer, lung disease and birth defects. Recently researchers found that individuals with heart disease that had microplastics, those tiny particles that pervade our environment, in their tissue had twice the risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke or death w

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  • Unleashing Alabama's Workforce Potential: The Urgent Case for Child Care

    Melanie Bridgeforth by: Melanie Bridgeforth
    For far too long, thousands of Alabama parents  especially women - have been forced out of the workforce due to lack of access to quality, affordable child care. While this specific barrier impacts thousands of parents, whats at stake is far more complex, intergenerational economic mobility for hardworking Alabama families.
      While women bear the brunt of this reality, we know that over 74 percent of women in Alabama serve as breadwinners, meaning they contribute at least 40 percent of the household income, highlighting their crucial role as essential contributors to their families and communities.

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Preserving Reproductive Justice: The Imperative of Separating Church and State

Amy Wiwuga by: Amy Wiwuga, Sylvia Ghazarian
In the ongoing battle for reproductive justice, the intersection of religious beliefs and public policy casts a long shadow over the fundamental rights of individuals, particularly those in marginalized ...



The Holiday Season and Children's Separation from Incarcerated Family Members

Ebony Underwood by: Ebony Underwood
After 33 years of separation from incarceration, I still remain in awe that I am able to spend the holiday season with my dad outside of prison walls. I am extremely grateful for my fathers freedom. ...





Disarming Domestic Abusers Can Protect Us All

Mara Elliot by: Mara Elliot
Before the Lewiston, Maine spree shooting suspect began voicing plans to shoot up his community, there was already a red flag that he might someday commit a mass shooting. The same red flag was also ...



ERA and Abortion Are Key to Women's Vote

Katherine Spillar by: Katherine Spillar
In the majority decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Womens Health Organization overturning the federal right to abortion, Justice Alito purported that the electoral and political process are a sufficient antidote ...








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