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Steph Herold

Sea Change Program

Steph Herold, MPH, is an award-winning activist and social scientist with a background in abortion care, abortion funds, and reproductive health advocacy.  She is a co-founder and former co-director of one of the leading abortion stigma reduction organizations in the United States, the Sea Change Program. Steph is a recognized expert on abortion access, appearing in various media outlets including the Melissa Harris-Perry Show. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of Reproaction. Her past board experience includes serving on the Board of Directors of the New York Abortion Access Fund for three years, the Steering Committee of the International Network for the Reduction of Abortion Discrimination and Stigma for two years, and on the ACCESS: Women’s Health Justice Board of Directors for one year. Steph lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and dog. You can follow her on Twitter at @StephHerold.

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Analysis Abortion

Abortion is Legal: So Why is Self-Abortion Care a Crime?

Susan Yanow & Steph Herold

Last week, a 20-year-old woman in New York City was arrested on charges of “self-induced abortion” and faces first-degree misdemeanor charges.  Initial news reports indicate that she intentionally caused the miscarriage/abortion of her 24-week fetus.  The woman disposed of the fetus in what was probably the only way she could think of: wrapped in plastic bags and placed in the trash receptacle of her apartment building.