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Forward Thinking is Equity Forward's blog platform. Here, you'll find our team's work in op-ed format.

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Beyond Abortion: The Radical Agenda of Anti-Abortion Groups

Ashley Underwood, Senior Researcher - August 19, 2021 Blog Post

Groups that used to primarily focus on criminalizing abortion are expanding their portfolios to infringe upon more than just reproductive rights. And they are doing so by strategizing to suppress voter turnout, strengthen their already outsized political power and fuel hostility toward...

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Profiting Off Pain: Anti-Abortion Centers and “Conversion Therapy” Proponents Use the Same Playbook

Jack Dobkin, Research Assistant - June 14, 2021 Blog Post


This Pride Month, it is important to make space for joy, to celebrate, and to lift up the queer people in our lives. But just as joy is inherent in pride, so is resistance. Among the many social movements that swept the United States in the 1960s, two of the most prominent...

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Celebrating Pride Month: A Timeline of the Biden Administration’s LGBTQIA+ Policies

Mario Sto. Domingo, Research Intern - June 2, 2021 Blog Post

In celebration of Pride Month, Equity Forward is highlighting how the Biden administration has shown up to protect LGBTQIA+ rights in the best way we know how: an interactive policy timeline!

Building on our timeline of the Biden administration’s policy changes in its...

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Pandemic Parenting Support: From Day Care to Abortion, Where Is It?

This article originally appeared in the Rewire News Group May 2021 Special Edition, "Reinventing Motherhood." - May 4, 2021 Blog Post

Read the full article here.


Pregnancy is a crash course on strategic thinking and decision-making. I know this because I am a mom who has previously had an abortion. Both were parenting decisions that I fortunately got to make for myself.


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What Remains of the Trump Administration’s Anti-Human Rights Multilateralism?

Molly Bangs, Director - April 27, 2021 Blog Post

On March 30, 2021, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that the Trump administration’s Commission on Unalienable Rights (CUR) had been disbanded. The move was a welcomed one, particularly among the human rights community, which had joined together over the past couple of years to push...

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The "Pro-Family" Movement's Push Toward Transphobia

Ashley Underwood, Research Associate - March 31, 2021 Blog Post

The Weaponization of “Family”

The goal of “protecting” the “traditional family” has a long history of being a veneer for hateful agendas and harmful policies. Former President Reagan’s vilification of single mothers paved a path to withhold federal support from lower income families....

Anti-LGBTQ Human Rights Reproductive justice

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The Trump Administration Spent Four Years Sidelining Science And Manipulating Human Rights

Rachel Wormer, Research Intern - December 22, 2020 Blog Post

In December 2017, the Trump administration, by way of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), reportedly banned the use of several terms at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including “fetus,” “evidence-based,” “science-based” and “transgender.”


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Deception With Your Dime: Anti-Abortion Centers Are Misusing Funds to Harm People and Enrich Themselves

Mary Alice Carter, Senior Advisor - December 18, 2020 Blog Post

We’ve all seen the billboards on the highway and the bus and subway ads. The text reads, “Pregnant? Afraid? We’re here to help.” And they often feature a woman, usually white, with her head bowed, brow furrowed. Underneath is a toll-free number and a website link. If you have ever thought that...

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Wins and Losses for Reproductive Rights: Ballot Measures in 2020

Mario Sto. Domingo, Research Intern - December 11, 2020 Blog Post

One month has passed since Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris were declared the winners of the 2020 presidential election. Since then, much of the national media’s attention has shifted to their transition team and President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede. While the incoming...

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The Ministerial on Religious Freedom: Pompeo’s Last Extremist Hurrah

Molly Bangs, Director - November 13, 2020 Blog Post

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other Trump administration political appointees are not going out quietly. Days after denying President-elect Joe Biden’s victory and falsely claiming the State Department would transition to a second Trump term, Pompeo will give opening remarks at the third...

Anti-LGBTQ Commission on Unalienable Rights Human Rights International State Department Trump Administration

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Bad Apples Cannot Explain ICE’s Forced Sterilization

Molly Bangs, Director and Ashley Underwood, Research Associate - October 29, 2020 Blog Post

In September, The Intercept broke the story detailing a whistleblower’s complaints against a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in Georgia, including forced sterilization of immigrant women. In a crowded political landscape and media environment, the details of the...

HHS Human Rights Reproductive justice Trump Administration

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Introducing "Forward Thinking", Equity Forward’s Blog

By Molly Bangs, Director - October 15, 2020 Blog Post

We are excited to introduce “Forward Thinking” — Equity Forward’s new blog platform. Here, you’ll find much of the same quality research that drives our campaigns and reports, but in op-ed form. 

Forward Thinking is launching four years after the Trump Administration...

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