Thomas Paine, a Christian flag, Roe v. Wade, and public school indoctrination

It feels great to come back after a break and find the Freedom From Religion Foundation as busy as ever. Memorializing Thomas Paine We started the week off with some good news: The Thomas Paine Memorial Association announced an exciting matching gift offer (from the Stiefel Freethought Association) to kick off fundraising for that long […]

We need to talk about abortion

Jan. 22 marks 49 years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that access to safe, legal abortions is a constitutional right in the landmark case, Roe v. Wade. As the ultraconservative Supreme Court is slated to rule on the future of abortion rights this year, I fear that that this anniversary very well may be […]

Reproductive health is a state/church issue

Note: This is the farewell column from FFRF Anne Nicol Gaylor Reproductive Rights Intern Barbara Alvarez. FFRF wishes to thank her for all her wonderful work and writing on abortion rights. There are many ways in which religion proves detrimental to reproductive health. Instead of adhering to evidence-based science, extremists — relying on religious texts, […]

You are not your own: a reflection on the bible and abortion legislation

I entered a piece for the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Brian Bolton Essay Contest for Graduate/ “Older” Students in 2019, writing about “the abusive relationship between the bible and women’s bodies,” specifically with regard to abortion restrictions. The essay prompt asked students to write about a bible verse that continues to cause harm. I selected […]

Thank you, Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Justice Sonia Sotomayor, you don’t know about me, but I know about you. As a woman with family from Puerto Rico, I remember feeling an overwhelming sense of pride when President Obama appointed you, the first Latina, to the highest court in the country.  I remember my grandfather shedding tears of joy that a Puerto […]

Abortion disinformation is religiously rooted

Crisis Pregnancy Centers - FAKE

Religiously motivated abortion disinformation fuels the anti-abortion movement. Medical communities and human rights organizations throughout the world agree that abortion is a valid medical procedure and its access is foundational to bodily autonomy. Indeed, religious groups are the only organized opposition to abortion. Using faith instead of facts, religiously motivated legislators and leaders have decimated […]

Abortion ban would spike pregnancy-related deaths

A recent study shows how detrimental it would be to women’s health if there was a nationwide ban on abortion — a possible reality in light of recent events. Outlawing abortion would have severe consequences on the health and lives of women throughout the country, according to a study published in Demography, a Duke University […]

Casting light in Florida (and around the country)!

As we’ve now turned the corner into November, FFRF wraps up another busy week fighting for your rights (and the rights of everyone!). Casting light on Florida school violations FFRF’s Legal Team put out a new report spotlighting a multitude of school-based constitutional violations in Florida. “Casting Light: The Sunshine State’s Problems of Religion in […]