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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

"No, Birth Control Isn’t Dangerous. But Guess Who Wants You to Think It Is."  (Jan 1, 2018)

"How to Talk with Your Kid about Abortion—Especially Your Abortion"  (Mar 25, 2017)

"Putin’s Puppets? How a Russian Information-Age Disinformation Campaign Trumped America’s"  (Dec 14, 2016)

"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)

Recent Multimedia
Recovering From Religion   2015-11-04

Catholic HealthCare Your Only Choice!   2013-06-11

Why The God Hypothesis is Obsolete   2013-04-11

How Beliefs Change - Christianity and Cognitive Science   2013-03-04

John Danaher is Top 2015 IEET Writer; Technoprogressivism is Top SubCategory (Dec 01, 2015)

Top Hitting Articles for November (Nov 29, 2012)

Past Appearances
Kuszewski, Tarico @ Eros Evolving: The Future of Love, Sex, Marriage and Beauty (Piedmont, CA - Apr 05, 2014)