Author: Monica Potts

What’s Driving Biden’s Approval Rating Up?

Welcome to Pollapalooza, our weekly polling roundup. After hitting a low of 37.5 percent in July, President Biden’s approval rating has ticked up over 5 percentage points in FiveThirtyEight’s presidential approval tracker. While he’s still underwater, at 42.7 percent, it is nonetheless a substantial change. But will Biden’s upswing continue? It’s not a huge mystery […]

How Limiting Access To Abortion Limits Access To Birth Control

Planned Parenthood has been controversial since its 1916 founding, but the latest wave of political battles against it began in earnest in 2007, when then-Rep. Mike Pence introduced an amendment to a House of Representatives’ appropriations bill to block federal funds from going to the organization’s nationwide network of reproductive health clinics. Planned Parenthood was […]

What Ireland’s Past Can Tell Us About A Post-Roe America

Before 2018, most women in the Republic of Ireland were able to get abortions only if they traveled to a clinic in England or Wales or had a self-managed abortion at home, but figuring out how to do either of those options was difficult. Information on abortion was censored in the first years of the […]

The Work-From-Home Era Left Them Out

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Veronica wasn’t sure how the new disease she’d heard about on the news would affect her. It seemed unreal. She and her friends had just been joking about a game on the Google Play Store, in which the goal was to wipe out humanity with a deadly […]