How My Republican Grandfather Helped Legalize Abortion

In Colorado, Mid-Century Environmentalists Were ‘Uneasy Allies’ in the Fight for Reproductive Rights

In winter 1967, a young Democratic state representative named Richard Lamm introduced an abortion liberalization bill in Colorado’s House of Representatives. The bill passed quickly and moved onto the Senate, where it would be sponsored by a Republican, John Bermingham. The bill passed 20-13. Colorado became the first state to make abortion legal.

Bermingham was my maternal grandfather. I grew up six houses away from his red-brick duplex in Denver’s Cheesman Park neighborhood, and more than either of my parents, it was Grandfather who shaped my political sensibilities. (In a strange …

Miscarriage Wasn’t Always a Tragedy or a Crime

How Race, Medicine, and the Law Shape Reactions to Pregnancy Loss

In the fall of 2012, I woke up early in the morning with cramps. I went to the bathroom and saw blood on my underwear. I was nine weeks pregnant, …

America Should Lower Its Expectations | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

America Should Lower Its Expectations

Triumphalism Has Made Us Reckless. Can Making Peace With Our Shortcomings Save Us?

I get how hard it is to admit defeat, to lower expectations. Even when things are breaking down in every part of the national machine, from public health to education …