Dana Goldstein

Dana Goldstein, a former associate editor and writer at the Prospect and The Daily Beast, is a Spencer Fellow in education reporting at Columbia University. Her work on politics, women’s issues, and education has appeared in BusinessWeek, Slate, The New Republic, and The Nation.

Recent Articles


THE CW ON INFANT MORTALITY. It�s well known that the United States has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the developed world (about 6 per 1,000 births). Progressive health care wonks have long suspected that sub par Medicaid coverage for pregnant women and cuts to programs like the State Children�s Health Insurance Program are culprits. Last month, the counter-CW folks over at Slate announced that actually, babies die because wealthy American spend a lot of money on fertility drugs, prenatal care, and other newfangled treatments that save otherwise unviable pregnancies and lead to increased rates of prematurity and infant mortality. As Scott pointed out , yesterday a must-read article on infant mortality in the South appeared in The New York Times . On this issue, at least, it seems counter-intuition will only take us so far: American infant mortality is very much a byproduct of poverty, with all the usual disturbing implications for race and gender. In Mississippi, the...


THE FINE PRINT. Over at Feministing , Ann helpfully linked to Cynthia Gorney �s old Harper �s article on the politics of the SCOTUS-approved ban against dilation and extraction abortions. The article helps to clarify a few questions asked in comments here and elsewhere about yesterday's decision: Yesterday�s Gonzales v. Carhart ruling contains a provision protecting the life of the mother, but not her health . According to Doe v. Bolton , the little-known case decided on the same day as Roe , women�s "health" must be protected under any abortion ban after fetal viability. "Health" was defined as "all factors -- physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman's age -- relevant to the well-being of the patient." The Supreme Court eviscerated that precedent yesterday. Dilation and Extraction -- re-dubbed "partial-birth abortion" by anti-choicers -- does not equal "late term abortion." It is a procedure by which the fetus is removed intact from the womb instead of in pieces...


CHANGE THE SUBJECT, ALREADY . The Supreme Court made the historical (and very scary) decision this morning to uphold the Bush Administration 2003 �partial-birth� abortion ban, which affects certain abortion procedures as early as the 12th week of pregnancy and contains no exception at all for women�s health. This limiting of abortion rights is clearly unconstitutional as defined by Roe and Casey . I�ve been watching CNN all day and so far, it�s all Virginia Tech, all the time. Not even a mention of the Court�s decision. -- Dana Goldstein


THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT. As part of my day job at Campus Progress , I just heard a presentation from the Harvard Institute of Politics detailing the results of their most recent survey of 18 to 24-year olds. There was lots of encouraging news: Today�s young people are more likely than any other generation since the Vietnam era to vote and engage with politics, but are under-counted because exit polls tend to ignore campus polling places. On foreign policy, 75 percent of 18 to 24 year olds believe the United Nations, not the U.S., should take the lead in responding to international conflicts. And young people are positive about the cultural effects of globalization, but are more skeptical about its economic and environmental outcomes. Here are some other highlights from the survey: Young Democrats are more independent of their elders than young Republicans are. Like their older counterparts, 18-24 year old Republicans prefer Rudy Giuliani as the next president. But while older Democrats...


REMEMBER THE VALUES VOTERS? Was it really only two years ago that Democrats were beating themselves up over "values voters," those working class Americans who voted against their own economic interests because they were so grossed out by gay people and in love with fetuses? Back then, many progressives believed we could never again rise to the majority without making serious compromises on the key civil rights issues of choice and LGBT equality. But this week, in an article about Republicans' lack of faith in their own presidential aspirants, The New York Times ' Adam Nagourney and John M. Broder reported that it's now Republicans , not Democrats, who fear the grip divisive social issues have on their party's presidential prospects. Alan K. Simpson , a former Republican senator from Wyoming, said the party's presidential candidates were being whipsawed as they tried to appeal to conservative voters who have a history of strong views on issues like abortion and gay rights. "These tests...