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Valerie Tarico

Dr. Valerie Tarico is a psychologist with a passion for personal and social evolution.  In 2005, she co-founded the Progress Alliance of Washington, a collective of future-oriented donors investing in progressive change.  She also is the founder of, an interactive website that showcases humanity’s shared moral core via quotes, poetry, stories and essays from many traditions. Tarico’s book, Trusting Doubt:  A Former Evangelical Looks at Old Beliefs in a New Light, offers personal insight into how we can apply “constructive curiosity” to our most closely guarded beliefs. 

As a social commentator, Tarico writes and speaks on issues ranging from religious fundamentalism to gender roles, to reproductive rights and technologies. A primary focus is on improving access to top tier contraceptive technologies.  To that end, she serves on the board of Advocates for Youth, a D.C. based nonprofit with wide-ranging programs related to reproductive health and justice.  Tarico co-chairs of Washington Women for Choice, serves on the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest Board of Advocates, and is a Senior Writing Fellow at Sightline Institute, a think tank focused on sustainable prosperity. Her articles appear at sites including the Huffington Post, Jezebel, Salon, AlterNet, and the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and at her blog, AwayPoint


"Should Couples Who Want Healthy Babies Deliberately Expose Themselves to Zika"  Aug 31, 2016

"Liberalism’s Great Challenge: How Can We Critique Ideas while Protecting People?"  Aug 20, 2016

"Mens Health Week: One Doctor Thinks We Should Be Talking about Better Birth Control for Guys"  Jun 27, 2016

"Trading Modern Medicine for Cheap Meat"   Ethical Technology   Jun 3, 2016

"Better Birth Control for Men – How Would It Work? What’s in the Pipeline?"  Apr 25, 2016

"Why Woman-as-Abortion-Victim is Even Worse than Endorsing Punishment"  Apr 24, 2016

"Abortion Care as a Spiritual Ministry—An Interview with Dr. Willie Parker"  Apr 9, 2016

"FDA Thwarts Abortion Foes by Updating Medication Abortion Regimen"   Away Point  Apr 2, 2016

"Mosquito vs Monsignor: For Catholics, Zika Pits Tradition of Authority vs. Tradition of Conscience"  Feb 27, 2016

"MAD Men vs Zika – Can Marketers Save Pandemic Aflicted Families?"   Away Point  Feb 14, 2016

"Will Reproductive Rights Advocates Stand Up for Men?"   Away Point  Feb 10, 2016

"Apple Search Finally Stops Directing People Seeking Abortions to Adoption Centers"  Feb 9, 2016

"On 43rd Roe v Wade Anniversary, not Silence or Shame but Gratitude"   Away Point  Jan 27, 2016

"When American Debate About Abortion Was Sane and Why That Changed"   Away Point  Jan 4, 2016

"Will At-Home Therapeutic Miscarriage Make Abortion Clinics Obsolete?"   Valerie Tarico  Nov 14, 2015

"Birth Control for Men? Research is Promising but Frustrated by Lack of Funding"   Away Point  Oct 18, 2015

"Are #ShoutYourAbortion and #HayleysIUD the Next Phase of the Sexual Revolution?"   Away Point  Oct 13, 2015

"Manipulate Much? A Professional Video Editor Discusses Carly Fiorina’s Claims and the Campaign"   Away Point  Oct 2, 2015

"Anti-Abortion Group Touts Virtue of Suffering"   Away Point  Sep 27, 2015

"Eleven Inane and Insulting Anti-abortion Arguments (and How I Shed the Shamers)"   Away Point  Sep 22, 2015

"A Biblical Guide To Marriage Licenses (for Kentucky clerk Kim Davis)"   Away Point  Sep 17, 2015

"Claiming Abortion Care as a Positive Social Good—Four Steps to Change the Conversation and Win"   Away Point  Sep 10, 2015

"42 Splices and Counting: Nine Facts You Should Know About the Planned Parenthood Smear Campaign"   Away Point  Sep 2, 2015

"Why Are Conservative White Males Forcing More Abortions and Births on Poor Brown Women?"   AwayPoint  Aug 18, 2015

"America’s best-kept sex secret: lots of us don’t want it"  Jul 28, 2015

"The Yuck Factor — What Planned Parenthood Smears, Homophobia, & Middle School Have in Common"   Valerie Tarico  Jul 26, 2015

"Losing Your Religion in Sin City – An Interview with Sociologist Lori Fazzino"   Valerie Tarico  Jul 18, 2015

"Conservatives Choose More Unwanted Pregnancy and Abortion over Better Birth Control for Teens"   Away Point  Jul 14, 2015

"Fox News Freaks Out Over Seattle Clinics that Give Teens Better Birth Control but not Coca-Cola"   Away Point  Jul 9, 2015

"Condoms are So Hundred Years Ago: Why Better Birth Control for Men Would Be Better for Everyone"   Away Point  Jul 3, 2015

"Sex, Slavery and the Black Body Count–An Interview with Theologian Kelly Brown Douglas"   Away Point  Jul 2, 2015

"Simple Intervention Cuts Unplanned Pregnancy by Half"   Away Point  Jun 29, 2015

"Churches Get Creepy Facial Recognition Software to Track Members"   Away Point  Jun 24, 2015

"Faith Leaders Seek Safe Abortion for Rape Victims in Conflict Zones"   Away Point  Jun 16, 2015

"Not Choice but Choices: An Interview with Abortion Counselor and Advocate Charlotte Taft"   Away Point  Jun 8, 2015

"Does the Biblical God Exist? - I Think We Can Do Better"   Away Point  May 25, 2015

"Why I am pro-Abortion, not Just Pro-Choice"   Away Point  May 21, 2015

"The Making of an Anti-Theist Mom"   Away Point  May 18, 2015

"Wary Christians Flee Nevada Church After Yoga “Miracle”"   Away Point  May 18, 2015

"American Family Association Posts then Deletes Explicit Theocratic Aspirations"   ValerieTarico   Apr 8, 2015

"Conservative Christians Pass the Plate for Anti-Gay Indiana Pizza Parlor, Raise $800,000 in Two Days"   ValerieTarico   Apr 4, 2015

"Unfettered Religious Freedom Really Does Mean the Freedom to Do Harm"   Valerie Tarico  Apr 1, 2015

"Children as Chattel–The Common Root of Religious Child Abuse and the Pro-Life Movement"   ValerieTarico   Mar 26, 2015

"How Did Jesus Get to be So Hot? Where Popular Images of Jesus Actually Came From"   ValerieTarico  Mar 17, 2015

"Will Unequal Access to New IUD’s and Implants Worsen America’s Economic Divide?"   ValerieTarico  Mar 15, 2015

"9 “Facts” You Know For Sure About Jesus That Are Probably Wrong"   ValerieTarico   Mar 1, 2015

"How Iron Age Literacy Spawned Modern Violent Extremism"  Feb 26, 2015

"The Junk Science and Bad Faith Behind Colorado’s IUD Controversy"   ValerieTarico   Feb 22, 2015

"Christianity’s Painfully Mixed Track Record on Slavery"   ValerieTarico   Feb 14, 2015

"The Risky Mix of Aging, Public Visibility and Social Media"   ValerieTarico  Feb 2, 2015

"10 Reasons Popular Versions of Christian Heaven Would be Hell"   Valerie Tarico  Jan 29, 2015

"Death With Dignity vs. “Redemptive Suffering” - The Legacy of Brittany Maynard"  Jan 26, 2015

"Religion’s Dirty Dozen—12 Really Bad Religious Ideas That Have Made the World Worse"  Jan 21, 2015

"How Religion Can Let Loose Humanity’s Most Violent Impulses"   ValerieTarico   Jan 18, 2015

"Who Aborts the Most Fertilized Eggs? Families Like the Duggars"   ValerieTarico  Jan 10, 2015

"Who, When, Why –10 Times the Bible Says Torture is OK"   ValerieTarico   Dec 30, 2014

"#14: It’s Time for Religion to Get Out of the Healthcare Business"   Ethical Technology  Dec 25, 2014

"It’s Not Rape if He’s a God–Or Thinks He Is"   ValerieTarico  Dec 23, 2014

"Ten Bonus Health Benefits of Birth Control"   ValerieTarico  Dec 15, 2014

"The Slut Shaming, Sex-Negative Message in the Christmas Story: It’s Worth a Family Conversation"  Dec 14, 2014

"The Not-So-Virgin Birth of the Christmas Story"   ValerieTarico   Dec 9, 2014

"How America’s Obsession With Bad Birth Control Hurts and Even Kills Women"   ValerieTarico   Nov 19, 2014

"Does Religion Cause More Harm than Good? Brits Say Yes. Here’s Why They May be Right."   ValerieTarico   Nov 18, 2014

"Sustain Between the Sheets!"   ValerieTarico  Nov 17, 2014

"Pastor-Turned-Atheist Coaches Secular Church Start-Ups"   ValerieTarico  Nov 11, 2014

"Psychological Harms of Bible-Believing Christianity"   Away Point  Nov 2, 2014

"Birth Control? There’s an App for That"   Away Point  Oct 23, 2014

"Smut in Jesusland: Why Bible Belt States are the Biggest Consumers of Online Porn"   Away Point  Oct 17, 2014

"Pediatricians Give Thumbs Up to Game Changing Birth Control for Sexually Active Teens"   Away Point  Oct 14, 2014

"Dementia Care? No Thanks!"   Away Point  Oct 9, 2014

"Why Right Wing Christians Think They are America’s Most Persecuted"   Away Point  Oct 8, 2014

"Has the Christian Doctrine of Hell Become an Awkward Liability?"   Away Point  Oct 6, 2014

"The Obvious Relationship Between Climate and Family Planning—and Why We Don’t Talk About"   Away Point  Sep 26, 2014

"Biblical “Spare the Rod” Parenting Tied to PTSD and Chilling Revenge"   Away Point   Sep 23, 2014

"Party Time! Excellent! Educators and Health Professionals Celebrate a Drop in Teen Pregnancy"   Away Point   Aug 7, 2014

"Where the Wild Things Are–Family Planning Conversations on Teen Turf"   Away Point   Aug 5, 2014

"Back to the Future — Modernizing Sexual Health Care, Regulations, and Reimbursement for Teens"   Away Point   Aug 4, 2014

"Bring It On! — Why It’s Tme For Over the Counter Oral Contraceptives."   Away Point  Jul 31, 2014

"Dazed and Confused — The Case for Comprehensive Sexual Education"   Away Point  Jul 30, 2014

"Why We’ll Still Be Fighting About Religious Freedom 200 Years From Now!"   Away Point  Jul 24, 2014

"Why “Fetal Personhood” is a Dangerous Word Game"   Away Point  Jun 25, 2014

"Ten Commandments That Would Have Changed the World"   Away Point   Jun 20, 2014

"Changing the Abortion Conversation – An Aikido Strategy"   Away Point  May 20, 2014

"Beyond Homophobia: The Even Bigger Reason to Avoid World Vision"     Mar 31, 2014

"Why Religious Leaders are Speaking Up in Support of Universal Contraceptive Access"   Away Point  Mar 26, 2014

"Conscience Creep: How “Religious Freedom” Spiraled Out of Control"   Away Point   Mar 21, 2014

"It’s Time for Religion to Get Out of the Healthcare Business"   Ethical Technology  Feb 20, 2014

"What Getting Thin Taught Me About Being Fat"   Away Point  Jan 31, 2014

"Protesting Students Joined by Alumni: “Change the Church”"   Away Point  Jan 6, 2014

"10 Reasons Freethinkers Can Look Forward to a Bright 2014"   Away Point  Dec 31, 2013

"Ancient Mythic Origins of the Christmas Story"   Away Point  Dec 25, 2013

"#12 Religious Trauma Syndrome: How Some Organized Religion Leads to Mental Health Problems"   Away Point  Dec 18, 2013

"#18 Abortion As a Blessing, Grace, or Gift–A Renewed Conversation about Reproductive Rights"   Ethical Technology  Dec 12, 2013

"5 Ways Conservatives Promote Shirking and Freeloading"   Away Point  Dec 12, 2013

"Thanksgiving Message from Toys R Us Reveals More than Miley Cyrus"   Away Point  Nov 28, 2013

"What World War Z and Washington State Have in Common"   Away Point  Nov 26, 2013

"Right Wing Finally Notices That Women Vote"   Away Point  Nov 7, 2013

"Intrauterine Bling — 2000 years of IUD’s, from Camel Contraceptives to Body Mod"     Oct 29, 2013

"The Male Pill–Are We Ready?"   Away Point  Sep 27, 2013

"Beyond the Wallet Condom"   Sightline Daily  Sep 25, 2013

"No Boys Allowed"   Sightline Daily  Sep 22, 2013

"Ten Reasons I Love my Leaf"   Away Point  Sep 9, 2013

"America: Where Women and Doctors Need Bulletproof Vests"   Away Point  Jul 30, 2013

"Why a 20-week Abortion Ban is Unthinkable–One Woman’s Near Death Experience"   Away Point  Jun 30, 2013

"One Woman’s War on Teen Pregnancy and Poverty in Memphis"     Jun 26, 2013

"Do Religious Restrictions Force Doctors to Commit Malpractice?"   Away Point  Jun 7, 2013

"How the Catholic Bishops Outsmarted Washington Voters"   Away Point  May 24, 2013

"Will the Catholic Bishops Decide How You Die?"   Away Point   May 17, 2013

"Imagine No Religion. On Facebook."   Away Point  May 4, 2013

"What’s Wrong with the FDA’s Plan B Compromise? Almost Everything."   Away Point  May 1, 2013

"Plan B Ruling: Fox and Family Research Council Seize Chance to Spread Misinformation"   Away Point  Apr 22, 2013

"The Freedom to Die in Peace"   Away Point   Apr 16, 2013

"Thanks for Dirty Dishes. And Taxes."   Away Point  Apr 14, 2013

"Religious Trauma Syndrome: How Some Organized Religion Leads to Mental Health Problems"   Away Point  Mar 26, 2013

"Stupidest Budget Cuts Ever – or, Why Cutting Contraception Is Not Conservative"   Away Point  Mar 25, 2013

"My Shockingly Ordinary Rape Story— and What I Want to Tell my Daughters"   Away Point  Mar 23, 2013

"A Contraceptive Revolution: Lowering remaining barriers"   Away Point  Mar 19, 2013

"Exorcising the Dalkon Shield – Time to get over a bad (contraceptive) romance."   Away Point  Mar 15, 2013

"The Pill is 1965 Technology"   Away Point  Mar 12, 2013

"New Contraceptives for Cascadia: The lesson of St. Louis"   Away Point  Mar 6, 2013

"If the Dalai Lama were Pope"   Awaypoint   Mar 3, 2013

"Waitress-Stiffing Pastor Simply Said What Many Christians Think and Do"   Ethical Technology  Feb 9, 2013

"Which Contraceptive Is Best for Your Weight?"   Ethical Technology  Jan 26, 2013

"Religion May Not Survive the Internet"   Ethical Technology  Jan 22, 2013

"Abortion As a Blessing, Grace, or Gift–A Renewed Conversation about Reproductive Rights"   Ethical Technology  Jan 12, 2013

"Can Legal Weed Save Pizza and Ice Cream Parlors?"   Ethical Technology  Dec 27, 2012

"Celebrating Love and Light: 10 Holiday Tips for the Post-Religious"   Ethical Technology  Dec 20, 2012

"Celebrating Love and Light: 10 Holiday Tips for the Post-Religious"   Ethical Technology  Dec 14, 2012

"The Big Lie about Plan B–What You Really Should Be Telling Your Friends."   Ethical Technology  Dec 13, 2012

"Hey, Ladies! Thinking About Ditching Your Period? A Doctor Answers 12 Puzzling and Hopeful Questions"   Ethical Technology  Dec 8, 2012

"The Difference Between a Dying Fetus and a Dying Woman"   Ethical Technology  Nov 28, 2012

"When God was Pro-Choice and Why He Changed His Mind"   Ethical Technology  Nov 19, 2012

"Dramatic Drop In Teen Pregnancy Really a Technology Tipping Point"   Ethical Technology  Nov 9, 2012

"Why I Hope Conservatives Will Fight Gay Marriage Tooth and Nail Till Their Teeth and Nails Fall Out"   Away Point  Oct 31, 2012

"Does Romney’s Religious Devotion Make Him More or Less Trustworthy?"   Awaypoint  Oct 25, 2012

"Serious plus Correct—a Rwandan Formula for Hope"   Awaypoint  Oct 19, 2012

"Jesus Loves ME! He CAN’T have a wife!!"   Awaypoint  Oct 7, 2012

"Why Do the Craziest Religious People Get the Most Attention?"   Awaypoint  Oct 2, 2012

"Ten Proofs That There is No God"   Awaypoint  Sep 25, 2012

"Is Prayer Selfish?"   Awaypoint  Sep 18, 2012

"India to Africa: Living in Hand-Me-Downs"   Awaypoint  Sep 10, 2012

"My Abortion Was Different: Why Women Shame and Blame Each Other"   Awaypoint  Sep 3, 2012

"Sixteen Wives, Twenty Children: The Role of Machismo in Overpopulation"   Awaypoint  Aug 30, 2012

"When Science Teachers Don’t Believe in Evolution"   Awaypoint  Aug 26, 2012

"The Atheist Visibility Movement: Should Atheists Slam Religion or Show Respect?"   Awaypoint  Aug 18, 2012

"Morality, Spirituality, and Communications Technology"   Wisdom Commons  Aug 12, 2012

"Picture a Technology Revolution. In Contraception. It’s Here."   Awaypoint  Aug 3, 2012

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