Steph Herold, MPH is an award-winning activist and social scientist with a background in abortion care, abortion funds, and reproductive health advocacy. She's Jewish, Brazilian-American, and a first generation American. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and pitbull, Lucky.
When I talk to people about the work I’ve done around abortion‚ as an activist, clinic worker, and social scientist—they often ask me if I like children.
Underneath this flippant comment…lies a common assumption that abortion and parenthood are somehow “opposites”—that a person who has an abortion couldn’t possibly be the same kind of person who might have a child. This is far from the reality in America. More than half (59 percent) of women who have abortions in the United States every year are… >> Read More
Lisa Harris received her first piece of hate mail when she was in medical school in the early 1990s. A pamphlet with the words “bottom feeder” arrived in her mailbox, and she was so shocked by it…that she took it home with her to show her family. When her mother saw it, she told Lisa that she recognized the images: “My mom said, I’ve seen those before–those are Nazi anti-Jewish propaganda images. The word 'Jew' had been substituted for ‘abortionist.’” The intimidation tactic didn’t work. Harris graduated from medical school and… >> Read More
Last year, Ilyse Hogue became the first woman to share her abortion story on stage at the Democratic National Convention.
Hogue, the President of NARAL Pro-Choice America, is no stranger to being…bold and outspoken in her advocacy work. Growing up Jewish in Texas prepared her for a lifetime of fighting for what she believes in no matter the odds. She draws on that experience to fight for abortion rights in a climate where the Press Secretary denies the events of the Holocaust and republicans desperately pull… >> Read More
The first time Anise Simon talked about her abortion with someone was at a mikveh in Los Angeles. The attendant asked her what she was hoping to get out of her ritual bath experience, and her story…came bubbling out. “I unloaded that I’d been in an abusive relationship and I was struggling with it, but I’d been in a place where I’d come to find joy in searching for answers,” she told me. She remembers the mikveh attendant recounting stories of strong women in Jewish history, including stories of dysfunctional families… >> Read More