Steph Herold is a researcher and activist with a background in abortion care, abortion funds, and reproductive health advocacy. She is a research consultant for the abortion stigma program at ANSIRH. She holds a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Abortion Access Fund.
Steph founded the website IAmDrTiller.com to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Tiller and honor the stories of abortion providers. She also created the blog AbortionGang.org as a space for young people in the reproductive justice movement. Along with two film maker friends, she started the Safe Abortion Project, filming an abortion clinic in Philadelphia to showcase what safe, compassionate abortion care looks like. Steph is currently collaborating with ANSIRH to archive personal abortion stories in the media through a tumblr, I Had an Abortion.
Steph’s writing has been published on blogs such as RHRealityCheck.org and Jezebel, as well as the online edition of The Nation and On the Issues magazine. She was also featured in the 40th anniversary edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves.
In 2009, she was one of 20 recipients of the first ever Our Bodies, Our Selves Women’s Health Hero awards. In May 2011, she was awarded the Rosie Jimenez Award from the Women’s Medical Fund for her use of social media in destigmatizing abortion. She has been named one of the top 15 young feminists by Campus Progress and was a 2011 New Leaders Council Fellow in New York City. She was called “the web’s most vocal (and sensible!) reproductive rights activist” by Jewcy.
Photo by Jaime Chung for Time magazine.