The 19th Explains: Will states follow Alabama in ending IVF access?

Originally published by The 19th An Alabama Supreme Court has effectively ended access in the state to IVF, leaving families navigating infertility in limbo. The decision has sent shockwaves across the country. Democratic lawmakers have used the ruling to push for nationwide IVF protections, promoting a bill that Senate Republicans blocked on Wednesday afternoon. President

The curious joy of being wrong – intellectual humility means being open to new information and willing to change your mind

Daryl Van Tongeren, Hope College Mark Twain apocryphally said, “I’m in favor of progress; it’s change I don’t like.” This quote pithily underscores the human tendency to desire growth while also harboring strong resistance to the hard work that comes with it. I can certainly resonate with this sentiment. Sometimes, the evidence points you in

Charity Lawson led ‘The Bachelorette’ her way — changing the franchise’s narrative on race in the process

Fans of the long-running franchise credit Bachelorette Charity Lawson, only the fourth woman of color to be franchise lead, for the season’s success. Originally published by The 19th Your trusted source for contextualizing the news. Sign up for our daily newsletter. As the 20th season of “The Bachelorette” comes to a close, many fans are

The 19th’s fellows reflect on the meaning of freedom in honor of Juneteenth

Originally published by The 19th Rebekah Barber, Katherine Gilyard, Daja E. Henry, and Ashaki “Nzingha” Thompson-Hall are 2022-2023 Frances Ellen Watkins Harper fellows. Explore their work. President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation declared that as of January 1, 1863, “all persons held as slaves” within the Confederacy “are, and henceforward shall be free.” But it wasn’t

The 19th Explains: How to ease the ‘loneliness epidemic’ and social isolation among older adults

Experts stress the importance of maintaining meaningful connections and utilizing resources to combat isolation and the health impacts that come with it. Originally published by The 19th Between the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the high cost of eldercare, and severe staffing shortages in long-term care, loneliness may seem like a comparatively small problem for older adults.

The Judy Blume renaissance is upon us — even as her books are being banned from schools

A new documentary and a classic book’s film adaptation bring Blume’s work to a new generation, all while experts on censorship and literature reflect on the beloved author’s continued significance. Originally published by The 19th Judy Blume is having a moment. A staple of backpacks of elementary, middle grade, and young adult readers since the

More students will likely become pregnant post-Roe. Who will support them?

Originally published by The 19th This story about pregnant students was produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. Sign up for the Hechinger newsletter. LaTavia BigBack was 17, a high school junior, when she and her friends were in a car crash. In the hospital, the doctor asked if

When federal assistance for ‘daily living’ doesn’t include parenting

Crystal Evans wants to wash her daughter’s hair. The problem is, she can’t use her home’s shower. Medicaid approved a bathroom modification in January 2020, but it didn’t include the shower portion, Evans said.  “The physical layout is a barrier. I can’t help Sophie without flooding the bathroom,” she said. “It’s really awkward and dangerous

Olympic officials nudge sports federations toward greater inclusion for transgender and nonbinary athletes

The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday recommended that elite sports organizations reevaluate how they include transgender, nonbinary and intersex athletes and determine their eligibility for competition alongside cisgender athletes, in a nonbinding and wide-ranging update to the organization’s previous policies.  The IOC’s guidelines are not legally binding, and implementation is up to international sports federations

Women return to the labor force in October as jobs rebound

After their largest drop-off from work so far this year in September, women began to rejoin the workforce in October, helping drive an economic rebound, according to new data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday.  About 309,000 women left the workforce in September as a result of weak growth in education and

‘For all families and gender identities’: WNBA union denounces Texas abortion ban in New York Times ad

“Reproductive rights are human rights. Family planning is freedom.” This statement is at the heart of a full-page print ad that the WNBA players’ union is running  in the New York Times on Sunday against Texas’ six-week abortion ban and in support of reproductive rights, in what the player’s association executive director Terri Jackson described

When ‘breast is best’ becomes too much: Many parents feel pressure and even shame when breastfeeding isn’t possible

Jennifer Gerson Jennifer Gerson Originally published by The 19th Throughout Gray Chapman’s pregnancy, visits to her midwife’s office always meant being asked if she planned to breastfeed. The question didn’t faze Chapman, who told The 19th that she would answer by saying, “Yeah, if it works great, but if not, there’s always formula!” At the