Author Archives: Esther Patt

Is a Woman a Person?

In a 1980 article about the proposed Human Life Amendment (HLA) to the U.S. Constitution, journalist Ellen Goodman asked, “is a woman a person?” The HLA would have granted constitutional personhood to every fertilized human ovum. Few people back then … Continue reading

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Am I My Sister’s Keeper? Help Pass IL House Bill 40

Who would have thought Donald Trump would win the Presidency—or that abortion would become illegal again in the United States? These are the realities of our time. If President Trump gets one more Supreme Court appointment after Gorsuch, the high … Continue reading

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Low Income Housing: Affordable for Whom?

Whether advocating relocation assistance for displaced tenants, providing services to homeless families or working on any anti-poverty effort, one reality will surely be the biggest road block. Most “affordable housing” is too expensive for low-wage workers. More than one of … Continue reading

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Voting Suppression on Campus

November 4, 2008 should have been a day of celebration for Obama supporters, but for many who live in Champaign County’s campus precincts, it was a day of frustration and anger over unreasonable obstacles to their voting rights. Less than … Continue reading

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