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Sharon Lerner

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Sharon Lerner

Sharon Lerner

Sharon Lerner (@fastlerner) is a longtime contributor to The Nation. Her reporting focuses on health, education and other issues affecting children and families.


News and Features

For years, radioactive waste has seeped into swampland, canals—even drinking water. Now a few families are fighting to hold the polluters accountable.

Nannies in New York state have brand-new labor protections. But it’s proving hard to enforce employment laws at home.

All FDA-approved contraceptives should be fully covered under the healthcare reform law, a panel finds. Advocates see a win for women's health—and a political win for the Affordable Care Act.

The First Lady headlined an event highlighting the struggles of working mothers—but she pulled punches on the country's failure to ensure childcare and family leave.

A sting operation, plus movement on a bill to defund the healthcare provider? It's no coincidence that they're happening right at the same time.

If an Institute of Medicine–appointed committee says yes, health insurance plans could be required to cover birth control free of charge for policyholders.

Mothers are wonders. But they might prefer not to be giving quite so much—in fact, research suggests they're at the breaking point.

The healthcare reform debate exposed the weakness of the prochoice movement. What now?

Judge Warren Wilbert has ruled that Scott Roeder, confessed killer of Kansas abortion provider George Tiller, couldn't be considered for lesser crimes than first-degree murder. Today he was convicted.

The prochoice movement stops playing nice in the fight for healthcare reform.


Stacey Abrams fights the antiabortion wackos so you don’t have to.
Looking at an unhappy future shaped by family planning cuts.
Members of Congress—including some who oppose abortion—are beginning to see recent attempts to defund contraception for what...
Dr. Chisale Mhango wanted to present research on the harm illegal abortion does to Malawian women. USAID decided that ran afoul of the...
Under the guidelines, patients would be told that women generally don’t suffer any psychological harm as a result of having an...
Rep. Joe Pitts has specifically designed a bill to value fetuses over living women.
On abortion and birth control, it's old men with red-ish neckties versus poor women of color.