Amy Littlefield

Amy Littlefield is The Nation’s abortion access correspondent and a journalist who focuses on reproductive rights, healthcare, and religion. She is the author of the forthcoming book American Crusaders, a history of the anti-abortion movement over the last fifty years, to be published in 2026.

The Abortion Pill Underground

The Abortion Pill Underground The Abortion Pill Underground

Since Roe was overturned, thousands of people in red states have found a way to get an abortion—often thanks to providers operating at the edge of the law.

May 7, 2024 / Feature / Amy Littlefield

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Fellow Freelancers: Don’t Marry Rich, Organize! Fellow Freelancers: Don’t Marry Rich, Organize!

The problem is systemic: Freelance life is underpaid. The solution must be systemic too.

Apr 25, 2024 / Amy Littlefield

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Whom Does Adoption Really Serve? A Q&A With Gretchen Sisson Whom Does Adoption Really Serve? A Q&A With Gretchen Sisson

Sisson’s new book, Relinquished, is the corrective we need to shut down the Christian conservative myth that adoption can render abortion unnecessary.

Mar 18, 2024 / Amy Littlefield

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Will a Florida Ballot Measure to Protect Abortion Shake Up the State’s Politics This November? Will a Florida Ballot Measure to Protect Abortion Shake Up the State’s Politics This November?

Not only is Florida the last bastion of abortion access in the Southeast, it’s a state with the third highest number of electoral votes and a memorable record of swinging president...

Feb 19, 2024 / Amy Littlefield

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This Ohio Turf War Is the Latest Sign That the Anti-Abortion Movement Is in Disarray This Ohio Turf War Is the Latest Sign That the Anti-Abortion Movement Is in Disarray

A losing streak at the ballot box is prompting top anti-choice activists to trot out a variety of anti-democratic schemes to prevent the expansion of abortion access.

Dec 4, 2023 / Amy Littlefield

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Abortion Wins Elections for Democrats. What Should Advocates Demand in Return? Abortion Wins Elections for Democrats. What Should Advocates Demand in Return?

How can this popularity translate into political power for a movement that is not accustomed to making bold demands of its political leaders?

Nov 20, 2023 / Amy Littlefield

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How Do You Put a Price on the Loss of Autonomy From Forced Sterilization? How Do You Put a Price on the Loss of Autonomy From Forced Sterilization?

California has created a compensation fund for victims of state-sponsored, non-consensual sterilization, which happened in prisons for decades. But as the deadline looms, many who ...

Nov 9, 2023 / Amy Littlefield

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Remembering Andrea Miller, a Reproductive Justice Movement Visionary With a Plan Remembering Andrea Miller, a Reproductive Justice Movement Visionary With a Plan

Miller understood that the potential for bold change on abortion access was in the states, not in the federal courts.

Nov 8, 2023 / Amy Littlefield

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At the Vote Pray Stand Summit, Christian Parents and Their “Rights” Take Center Stage At the Vote Pray Stand Summit, Christian Parents and Their “Rights” Take Center Stage

The movement that helped end Roe is embracing a political strategy that wraps the demonization of trans people in the innocuous-sounding catchphrase “parental rights.”

Sep 22, 2023 / Amy Littlefield

The Abortion Rights Movement’s Unresolved Question

The Abortion Rights Movement’s Unresolved Question The Abortion Rights Movement’s Unresolved Question

Ballot measures represent the greatest hope for restoring abortion access in many red states. Should they replicate Roe v. Wade, or aim for something better?

Sep 12, 2023 / Feature / Amy Littlefield

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