Week 2: Richmond, Roanoke, and Records (that were sealed)

What a week this has been. A good 15 hours on the road and many hundreds of miles later, I have interviewed two physicians, a Planned Parenthood administrator, a nurse practitioner, and a grassroots rep, spanning from Richmond to Roanoke to right here in Arlington.

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Week 1: Library of Congress, The Law, and Lots of Voicemails

Today marks the end of my first week of research, and also one of the most educational weeks of my life. I knew that self-guided research would take a lot of organization, self-motivation, and tenacity, but I was unprepared for the learning curve I was up against, and the amount of patience it would take to overcome. No matter how organized you might be on your own, community engagement requires that others be on their game as well, and that is often not the case. Thus, many voicemails, a lot of phone tag, and repeated explanations that, no, you are not a member of the press.

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TRAPped: The History on and Effects of Reproductive Health Legislation in Virginia

Hi, everyone! My name is Lillian Singer, and as of this blog post, I am a rising junior at William & Mary. I am a public health major and music minor, and I hope that through this blog, I am able to document research that is just as much a hybrid of my interests as my academic pursuits are.

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