Contributed by Diane J. Abatemarco, PhD, MSW ILNH held its first Springboard on Reproductive Rights on Tuesday, July 9th  at the Kalmia Club in Lambertville. The Springboard featured a panel of experts moderated by Diane Abatemarco, including:  Taylor Austin, Pennsylvania Community Engagement Coordinator for The Women’s Centers, a group of independent abortion providers with five clinics across four states.  Casey Olesko, Communications Director for Planned Parenthood of Northern, Central, and ...
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Contributed by Olga Vanucci There are about 900,000 abortions in the U.S. each year, a 40% reduction since 1990. That’s 18.8 abortions for every 100 pregnancies. The number of abortion providers has dropped from a high of 2,918 in 1982 to 1,671 in 2014. The number of deaths annually in the U.S. resulting from abortions has declined from 2,700 women in 1930 to about 200 in 1965 to around 10 ...
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Contributed by Amara Willey In the crucible of reproductive rights, the threat to Roe v. Wade is already being waged. Should the Supreme Court overturn that historic court precedent, whether a woman has the right to choose abortion would become a states’ issue. In preparation for that, at least 13 states have passed or are considering laws that would make abortion illegal. Trigger laws, or state legislation that will become ...
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/ Reproductive Rights
    Several ILNH activists participated in protests against the treatment of immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In the photos, Indivizzies Susan Shapiro and Terry Rice stand with other protesters at the Elizabeth (NJ) Detention Center.  Headline News: Man and Daughter Drown in the Rio Grande Trying to Reach America  Red, White and Blue – John Smith In the photograph she wears red pants;  ...
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Contributed by Cindi Sternfeld  Have you ever wondered if what we’ve been doing can make a difference? ILNH is constantly looking for ways to save democracy from the attacks we witness on a daily basis. You might ask: can ILNH really save democracy?  The answer is, maybe.  Maybe we can, if we find new and different ways to engage the electorate. Maybe we can, if we figure out how to ...
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Contributed by Elaine Clisham So, the citizenship question will not appear on the 2020 census form. That’s good news! (But don’t sleep on this — there is already a push to get it included on the 2030 form!) Amid all the flurry over the question in the past few weeks, it was easy to miss some positive census developments here in New Jersey. The 2020 census presents unique challenges. It ...
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/ Call to Action, Census, New Jersey
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