Katie Stack is a writer, speaker and advocate with a background in community organizing, abortion care and reproductive health advocacy. She received an M.A. in 2012 in Gender and Women’s Studies and Nonprofit Leadership. In 2010 she shared her own abortion experience on MTV’s 16 and Pregnant special “No Easy Decision”. Her writing has been featured on countless online outlets and in 2011 she called out anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers in a controversial New York Times op-ed. Since then she has investigated anti-choice organizations nationwide through The Crisis Project, which was featured in an Al Jazeera English documentary in 2012. Katie speaks regularly on college campuses about the importance of reproductive freedom.




Stack is an Iowa native who currently resides in Ohio.

You can follow her on twitter at KatieMStack

14 responses to “Bio

  1. Hey, thanks for visiting my blog! Its great to connect with a fellow grad student in the same field as I am. My focus is on gender and sexuality in south asian literature. Your blog looks really promising. Looking forward to reading about grad experiences, that I can probably identify with.

  2. gaylon

    hey katie! thanks for speaking out! mtv actually contacted my organization but didn’t use any of the women they interviewed. the voices of women that are not ashamed need to be out there for the public to see. abortion is not a dirty word, it is a parenting decision and quite frankly not a political discussion.

    thanks for your blog!



  3. Esther Mokanyane

    I have a problem with a subject topic is based on abortion and i want you to help me to write an interview questions and introduction about abortion in general,i have tried my best but i cant be able to write a proper english my vocabulary is not good at all.

  4. jenny

    I have sat on either side of this coin of debate in my life, vehemently speaking on one side or the other. Little did I know, that in my years of letting everyone know exactly how (negative) I felt about elective abortions, that I was silencing any woman in my circle from ever discussing their firsthand experiences with having to be faced with such a decision to make. By making abortion a black and white topic, I was black-marking people I loved without even knowing their story.
    We are full of eggs! And many of us have many chances to be moms. And how and when it happens is as individual as we are and the situations we are in. Too many anti-abortion websites use wording that makes it seem as if women who opt for elective abortion won’t ever get pregnant again or don’t currently have any children. Many a woman would not have the children she has now, had she continued an earlier pregnancy to term.

    • seekup

      this is insane. how can you argue when life begins at conception? Your very life began at conception……the “black and white” statement is irrelevant. What is relevant is what is “true”….how do those who fail to accept the reality of what abortion does still ignore the facts and truth….that each human individual is precious and worthy, and that to terminate that individual is killing. I truly think “womans reproductive rights” revolves solely on ignoring facts to the very purpose and order of what a woman is, and how they were designed. Its truly anti-woman anti-reproductive-because to come up with every unjust excuse to call “terminating an individual’s life” (their very own child) a “right” is truly at the heart of dishonesty and condemnation of what women are by nature.

      • EDpeak

        The question is not “when life starts” and here is the proof: I can take a cell from your hand and keep that cell alive in a dish. It doesn’t matter how long, let’s say I can only keep it alive for one minute, still doesn’t matter. Is it wrong to kill that cell before that time is over? No, no sane person will say that killing that cell that we got from your hand or swabed from inside you cheek in your mouth, is “wrong”.

        Therefore, asking “is it alive” is the wrong question if your goal is to prove that killing it is wrong.

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  8. Jason

    Hi Katie,

    I’d love to hear your thoughts on this short video. Watch it and maybe you could write an article on what you think about it.

  9. EDpeak

    You are courageous for speaking about your experiences. I agree that “having an abortion is not uncommon–but talking about it publicly really is” I accidentally found your video about your experiences after your abortion, I lots the url, its’ the one in Q/A format, that ends with the Q “would you do it again if you found out you were pregnant today”

    There is one thing that I think would have been better if done differently in that video. I know that lots of people try to shame women for daring to have had an abortion, and I realize and respect if that is one reason for your general tone, un-ashamed, etc. There was also a tone of (and I speak as someone who is against criminalization of abortion) a bit too much cheerful or lightness or funiness , and I think you could improve on that aspect, since it only gives ammunition to the pro-criminalization crowd

    I have other thoughts on strategy and tactics. As you can see I’ve also snuck in a bit about terminology. The other side is not “pro life” but I would also not call them “Anti-abortion” since my side is not “pro” abortion…no one (no sane person) goes around saying oh goody, let me try to have an abortion, I love love abortions, so “pro abortion” is a misnomer but so is “anti abortion”. Also “anti choice” just shuts down the entire discussion, that will not convince the other side for pretty obvious reasons, so I avoid “Anti-choice” too (after all if I think X is murder, calling me “anti-choice” on X will not convince me) we need a broader dialoge and as you and others have said, to move beyond black-and-white. I propose anti-criminalization and pro-criminalization as one modest step forward in terminlogy. Some are close minded and we’ll never convince, but those who are even 1% open minded, using the above terms, we can discuss whether criminalization suits the values they (the other side) say they are for…and we can find common ground (“win” if you prefer negative language) based on that. Respectfully,

  10. Eggroll

    You’re brave. Thank you for your work.

  11. Steph

    I am pro-life, but i respect you because you are informed about your beliefs. With a masters in woman’s studies you are aware of the topics of reproductive justice. So i do indeed appreciate your knowledge and understanding of both sides of the table.

  12. Hey, come back to blogging!

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