Planned Parenthood braces for a fight for the future of women’s choice

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood

By Anna Foley After the Nov. 8 election, Lauren Zeitz was among the thousands of people who decided to donate to Planned Parenthood to send a message: She’s not going to stop fighting for reproductive health care. “My mom and I decided to make this donatation together because we agree that an attack on Planned […]

IUDs poised for quick, strong renaissance before Trump takes office

Nina Berman holds a sign at the #GOPHandsOffMe rally in October (Anna Foley/MEDILL).

By Anna Foley Nina Berman is a longtime fan of IUDs, otherwise known as intrauterine birth control devices (the T-shaped ones). But after the election of Donald Trump last week, Berman noticed she wasn’t the only one. She saw more and more of her friends announcing on social media plans to get the long-term use IUDs. […]

#WearWhiteToVote celebrates women’s suffrage struggle on Election Day

By Anna Foley Wearing white after Labor Day has long been considered  a fashion faux pas in many circles. Yet Paola Aguilar is donning the out-of-season style today for a very specific reason: to pay tribute to the feminist movement when she casts her vote in the 2016 election. “As a feminist, I believe that […]

Knitted Knockers: Changing the pattern of breast cancer

Tina Miklas holds a knitted breast protheses called a "knitted knocker."

By Anna Foley For Chrysanthi Koutsiviti, knitting is more than just pushing a piece of yarn back and forth between needles — it’s an expression of compassion for breast cancer survivors. “I’m knitting with a purpose for people who need it, and it’s so fulfilling,” Koutsiviti said. “Knitting is a way to show people love.” […]

Chicago women call foul on Trump’s ‘Grab ’em’ comments at #GOPHandsOffMe protest

Shanna Shrum rallies crowd

By Anna Foley and Teresa Manring Women activists in Chicago want Republicans to take their hands off them–quite literally. Nearly 200 of them chanted their outrage early Tuesday morning outside Trump Tower as part of a national movement: #GOPHandsOffMe. “The Republican party right now has just kind of gotten so far off. They have absolutely […]

Rally: Domestic violence survivors stand in solidarity with Bresha Meadows


By Anna Foley When Ohio teen Bresha Meadows heads to a pretrial hearing Thursday, accused of shooting and killing her allegedly abusive father, she’ll be on the minds of dozens of Chicagoans who have been touched by domestic violence. On July 28, Bresha, 15, allegedly shot her father, Jonathan Meadows, in the head as he […]

Pro-choicers aim to lift limits of 40-year-old federal abortion access law

By Anna Foley In 1976, Congress passed the Hyde Amendment, the law that placed heavy limitations on using federal money for abortion. The law may have just turned 40, but it’s still facing serious contention today. Pro-choice advocates say the law is particularly damaging to specific groups of American women and aim to repeal it. “It […]