In brief: It was my pleasure being part of this conversation with host Kris Welch and reproductive justice badass Heidi Williamson from the Center For American Progress! Note: I'm an activist/writer/media contributor full-time. If you can, consider supporting my work so I can do more of it by becoming a patron at PATREON or making a one-time donation through PAYPAL. Thank you!

Overview:

It was such a pleasure to be on air with a reproductive justice badass like Heidi Williamson! Host Kris Welch had some great thoughts, having been involved in repro rights since before Roe and did a fantastic job facilitating a conversation with three intersecting, but unique perspectives.

Links to on-air references:

"Roe Should Be a Reality for All, Not Just for a Wealthy Few” by Heidi Williamson

My #Roe42 pieces:

for Truthout"New Year, Same as the Old Year? 2015 Reproductive Rights Preview”

for Bitch Media"In Reality, Not All Americans Have Access to Safe, Legal Abortion”

and for RH Reality Check"Your Right to Abortion Care Is in Danger—No Matter Where You Live”

More on Hyde and how to join the fight on coverage bans via The National Network of Abortion Funds: Learn About Hyde

The easy download/stream and additional text description/info/video/audio is available at the Katie Speak Live! tab on my website.

Note:: If you haven’t yet, please check out my new ”#GetWell2015 series! I’m detailing all the uncomfortable messiness of what it takes to get well in this country. I’m personally navigating insurance (still a thing despite ACA), talking mental health and poverty stigma, and discussing the obstacles to care.

Subscribe to get a selection of my appearances through iTunes at Katie Speak Live Archives.

You can hear Saturday Morning Talkies weekly on KPFK 94.1, Berkeley
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In brief: Back on with my friend Matthew Filipowicz to talk GOP attacks on access via abortion restrictions and my new #GetWell2015 series!

Note: I'm an activist/writer/media contributor full-time. If you can, consider supporting my work so I can do more of it by becoming a patron at PATREON or making a one-time donation through PAYPAL. Thank you!

Overview:

More on the Roe anniversary with my anti-red state shaming and ditch your complacency rants for blue state residents. And we chatted about my #GetWell2015 series, how the GOP cares more about the contents of my uterus than the contents of my stomach, and the reality of access to healthcare in all its forms. Turns out medical, mental, and dental care are — GASP! — all medical care! This is no shock to poor people because we have always had to trade away, put off, and ration out our vision, dental, physical and mental health to balance our bills and grocery bills. How uncomfortable these realities make the privileged and our middle class relatives doesn’t change the messy overlaps become and how hard it is to juggle that many balls. (Yep; I’m going to find a way to fit balls into everything for a while because I hate the Patriots and inside I’m 10 years-old.)

Links to on-air references:

My #Roe42 pieces:

for Truthout"New Year, Same as the Old Year? 2015 Reproductive Rights Preview”

for Bitch Media"In Reality, Not All Americans Have Access to Safe, Legal Abortion”

and for RH Reality Check"Your Right to Abortion Care Is in Danger—No Matter Where You Live”

More on Hyde and how to join the fight on coverage bans via The National Network of Abortion Funds: Learn About Hyde

Here is where you find the series on the intersection of healthcare, access, poverty and stigma Matt and I talked about: #GetWell2015

The easy download/stream and additional text description/info/video/audio is available at the Katie Speak Live! tab on my website.

Subscribe to get a selection of my appearances through iTunes at Katie Speak Live Archives.

You can hear The Matthew Filipowicz Show bi-weekly via podcast and broadcast out of Washington DC (1480 AM We Act Radio) and Grand Rapids, MI (1680 AM & 95.3 FM Public Reality Radio) weekly
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Category:Regular Guest Spots -- posted at: 2:41pm PDT
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In brief: My regular spot with Hal Sparks on WCPT Radio, Chicago!

Note: I'm an activist/writer/media contributor full-time. If you can, consider supporting my work so I can do more of it by becoming a patron at PATREON or making a one-time donation through PAYPAL. Thank you!

Overview:

I love doing radio with Hal for lots of reasons, but especially when he turns a phrase that’s so simple and on point and new as he did in his intro to our segment on the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade: “Roe revealed that legality.” Rather than Roe making abortion legal, as most of us explain it, Hal emphasizes that the courts were merely affirming an existing legality granted by the Constitution. Expect to hear me use this wording in the future.

I got wonky in my description of the Hyde Amendment — the appropriations amendment to the budget prohibiting those insured by Medicaid from accessing abortion care — and turned it into my typical sunshiney call to action. YOU — Yes, You — You, there, in the blue state! You have a chance to prove your liberal/progressive descriptor and do something for ALL THE PEOPLE, including those in red states who’s representatives act against their interests. Hyde gets re-proposed and signed EVERY YEAR, which means right now — LIKE RIGHT NOW — you can tweet, write and call your presumably (at least “check the box” level) pro-choice reps and tell them not to support a budget with Hyde attached. ContactingTheCongress.org will tell you who your reps are if you don’t know and you can tweet right at them — and attach @WhiteHouse while you’re at it.

Clearly the president and his administration are movable on choice; they swapped language in less than 48 hours between the State of the Union (stigmatizing) and Roe 42 (supportive and firm). Let him know you expect him to wield his veto pen to help marginalized, low-income Americans.

Oh. The graphic. On the 42nd anniversary of Roe, the head of NARAL got preempted from discussing the anti-choice measure that passed the House by Tom Brady’s balls. Not even kidding. Dennis (our producer) played me out with Brady quotes to mark the end of satire. #RIPSatire

Links to on-air references:

My #Roe42 pieces:

for Truthout"New Year, Same as the Old Year? 2015 Reproductive Rights Preview”

for Bitch Media"In Reality, Not All Americans Have Access to Safe, Legal Abortion”

and for RH Reality Check"Your Right to Abortion Care Is in Danger—No Matter Where You Live”

More on Hyde and how to join the fight on coverage bans via The National Network of Abortion Funds: Learn About Hyde

The easy download/stream and additional text description/info/video/audio is available at the Katie Speak Live! tab on my website.

Note:: If you haven’t yet, please check out my new ”#GetWell2015 series! I’m detailing all the uncomfortable messiness of what it takes to get well in this country. I’m personally navigating insurance (still a thing despite ACA), talking mental health and poverty stigma, and discussing the obstacles to care.

Subscribe to get all a selection of my appearances through iTunes at Katie Speak Live Archives.

You can hear The Hal Sparks Radio Program live Saturdays from 12-2pm EST on WCPT.
If you found this post informative, entertaining, helpful, etc. you can click SUPPORT to keep me speaking and follow me on Facebook and twitter. Thanks!
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Category:HSRP -- posted at: 1:12pm PDT
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In brief: Justice and I discuss Roe turning 42 on the heels of the worst four years in reproductive rights in a generation and POTUS promising vetoes on anti-choice legislation while reinforcing abortion stigma in the SOTU. Note: I'm an activist/writer/media contributor full-time. If you can, consider supporting my work so I can do more of it by becoming a patron at PATREON or making a one-time donation through PAYPAL. Thank you!

Overview:

It’s always a pleasure to be on with Justice! As per usual we went where the tangents took us, told personal stories to amplify the politics, and yelled at politicians who don’t have Americans’ interests at heart. I also yelled at complacent blue state residents who think they’re rights are safe. Spoiler alert: you already don’t have the rights you think you do.

I threw shade at the State of the Union: thanks for not hiccuping over the word “abortion,” but ease up on the stigma of bragging that it’s become less common. It’s less common because the ACA increased access to birth control and unintended pregnancies are down; now that is something to brag about. Today, the White House not only tweeted with NARAL’s #7in10ForRoe hashtag, they also edited their language and showed they are open to hearing from advocates. Bravo.

I shouted out some storytelling, stigma busting orgs and gave love to The Clinic Vest Project, the non-profit started by my mentor and who’s board I am privileged to sit on. We’re doing a fundraiser through the rest of the month to provide free resources to clinic defense escort groups across North America. Just $10 puts a vest on an escort. Links/info below in references.

And, as always, Justice asked me for something people can do. You can help repeal and prevent abortion coverage bans from anywhere! Especially if you’re in a blue state with ostensibly pro-choice reps, your calls and letters telling them not to support a budget with the Hyde Amendment (which prohibits Medicaid from covering abortion care) are powerful!

Links to on-air references:

My RH Reality Check piece: "Your Right to Abortion Care Is in Danger—No Matter Where You Live”

My friend Gloria Malone’s piece profiling my mentor and Clinic Vest Project: "A Vest That Moves People: A Q&A With Benita Ulisano of the Clinic Vest Project”

"Joni Ernst, Anti-Choice Extremist, to Give GOP State of the Union Rebuttal” by Emily Crockett at RH Reality Check

Learn about the Hyde Amendment and sign the petition/act to repeal it via The National Network of Abortion Funds

Note:: If you haven’t yet, please check out my new ”#GetWell2015 series! I’m detailing all the uncomfortable messiness of what it takes to get well in this country. I’m personally navigating insurance (still a thing despite ACA), talking mental health and poverty stigma, and discussing the obstacles to care.

The easy download/stream and additional text description/info is available at the Katie Speak Live! tab on my website.

Subscribe to get a selection of my appearances through iTunes at Katie Speak Live Archives.

You can hear Netroots Radio: The After Show with Justice Putnam daily at 11amEST via LIVESTREAM.
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Category:Regular Guest Spots -- posted at: 1:13pm PDT
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Today was some riffing on what religious freedom actually means — despite what the extremist conservatives in Congress claim. We hit on freedom of speech and its limitations; Hal tied it to Charlie Hebdo because he likes transitions and segments to be tied together.

We talked elections and legislation and how the focus on the contents of my womb while disregarding the contents of my stomach (or lack thereof). Neither Hal nor I ever tire of pointing out hypocrisy, so please enjoy this round of “you are who we thought you were” GOP breakdown.

Note:: If you haven’t yet, please check out my new ”#GetWell2015 series! I’m detailing all the uncomfortable messiness of what it takes to get well in this country. I’m personally navigating insurance (still a thing despite ACA), talking mental health and poverty stigma, and discussing the obstacles to care.

The easy download/stream and additional text description/info/video/audio is available at the Katie Speak Live! tab on my website.

Subscribe to get all a selection of my appearances through iTunes at Katie Speak Live Archives.

You can hear The Hal Sparks Radio Program live Saturdays from 12-2pm EST on WCPT.
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Category:HSRP -- posted at: 11:27am PDT
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My regular spot with Hal Sparks on WCPT Radio, Chicago!

Overview:

The new GOP-lead Congress got sworn in and before they could unpack their offices, introduced the federal 20-week abortion ban as promised. Then, the next day, they introduced four more harmful, restrictive laws.

Hal and I talked about why they’re doing it — the politics of pushing the conversation to the extreme “right” and normalizing the language — and what the implications are for 2016. Too soon, you say? Primary fundraising should begin any moment because Iowa is less than a year away. I’m not gonna lie: I was happy to hear Hal would support Hillary in the general because we’ll have to, but he’s not psyched either. Despite our issues with her, though, the optics of a female democratic candidate vs whoeverthedouche the GOP runs is a pretty satisfying thought.

Hal riffed on his “God doesn’t care about your hat or He wouldn’t live where he had to look down on the top of your head” bit and I tossed in Carlin’s Pope hat bit on the heals of his GOP “pro-life" hypocrisy bit. The bonus of doing radio with a comic is that you get to infuse comedy into almost any topic, thus making it easier to digest.

And, since Hal is predicting another banner anti-equality week for our new Congress, I’m back on next Saturday to talk whatever harmful jerkbaggery they’re following up with. So tune in at 1pmEST/10amPST!

Links to on-air references:

"Congress Introduces A National Abortion Ban On Its Very First Day Back” by Tara Culp-Ressler at Think Progress

"What Do Joni Ernst's Senate Win and Support for Embryo "Personhood" Really Tell Us?” — my piece for Truthout

”Zealot” by Reza Aslan

The easy download/stream and additional text description/info/video/audio is available at the Katie Speak Live! tab on my website.

You can hear The Hal Sparks Radio Program live Saturdays from 12-2pm EST on WCPT.
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Category:HSRP -- posted at: 12:41pm PDT
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