Jessica DelBalzo

Jessica DelBalzo
Flemington, New Jersey, United States
January 27
I'm a mother, writer, and activist born and raised in New Jersey. When it comes to writing, my passions are social justice, family preservation, reproductive rights, and politics. I'm an avid reader, and I enjoy going to the movies and knitting in my spare time.

Last week, I wrote a short blurb in my LiveJournal reacting to a female celebrity who told an interviewer that she didn’t identify as a feminist.  The more I read about #YesAllWomen, the more I feel compelled to write more publicly about feminism today, and why I don’t fault anyone f… Read full post »


In two weeks, a grassroots organization called We Are Woman will bring thousands of women, men, and children from across the United States to Washington for a national rally in support of women’s rights, illustrating the power of women and their allies to fight back agai… Read full post »


2012 has been a good year for an international community of mothers seeking redress for millions of forced adoptions that took place in the 1950s, '60s, and '70s. In February, Australian legislators announced a plan to apologize for the coercive practices that unnecessarily separated thousandRead full post »

Sometimes, I choose books that are a thousand pages worth of complicated stories, complex mathematics, and involved discussions of genetics.  No matter how much I love the tales in these books, it takes me awhile to read them.  There are only so many hours in a day, and I still haveRead full post »

After years of tireless organizing, lobbying, and raising awareness, natural mothers whose children were forcibly adopted away from them decades ago are finally beginning to receive the acknowledgement and apologies they deserve. However, this week's news articles state that unethical adoption practiRead full post »

I read The Hunger Games trilogy last summer, but with the movie coming out soon, I can't get away from people talking about the books. Even my co-worker is listening to Catching Fire as an audiobook in the office this week. Katniss and her cohorts are everywhere!

I find that I'veRead full post »

Love her or hate her, it cannot be denied that Ayn Rand was a vocal ally in the fight for reproductive rights. She spoke without reservation in favor of abortion access, and even in her later years, she actively discouraged her followers from supporting Ronald Reagan's presidential candidacy specifi… Read full post »

It's such a liberal thing to suggest that what people do in their personal lives should have no bearing on the way they do their political jobs. Their parenting choices, their religious proclivities, their marital failings, all should be free from the prying eyes of the public – or so… Read full post »

This year, on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, NARAL poses the important question:  What will you do to help elect pro-choice candidates in 2012?

In addition to making financial donations whenever I can afford them and volunteering to do phone banking locally (a big sacrifice f0r someonRead full post »

Every so often, I manage to hear, far in advance, about a new book that’s coming out from one of my favorite authors.  In addition to pre-ordering a copy on Amazon, I also spend months looking forward to having this new tome in my hands and savoring each page.  Though IRead full post »

Editor’s Pick
JULY 23, 2011 12:17PM

Hypocrisy Goes to the Movies

For a person who always strives to be consistent in character, committing an act of treason against one's moral code results in a truly unpleasant sense of dissonance. Unfortunately, even the painful sting of hypocrisy isn't enough to detract from how absolutely wonderful it feels to sit in the giant… Read full post »

I was finishing college and working full time at the mall when the world was shaken by the September 11th terrorist attacks. I did not love my country. In fact, I was almost a year out of a relationship with a stereotypical racist, homophobic flag-waver, disillusioned by the election/… Read full post »

Late last week, my cheerful abortion story was featured on RH Reality Check. I am extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to talk about my abortion in a widespread, positive way. In fact, I consider that to be a responsibility of mine. I have a bit/… Read full post »

MAY 25, 2011 8:02AM

Redefining "Failed" Relationships

For some of us – the more competitive types, I suppose – the thought of failing at anything is difficult to reconcile. When that something is as intensely personal and as multi-faceted as a relationship, the pressure not to fail becomes even heavier.

As for myself, when I became pregnant… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
MAY 10, 2011 8:01AM

Fight Club for the Woman's Soul

Two years ago, I went on a Palahniuk bender and read his collection of novels one right after another. When I got to Fight Club, I remembered bits and pieces from seeing the movie a decade earlier, but what I remembered was the fighting. I wasn't prepared for the/… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
MAY 3, 2011 9:53PM

The Trouble with Boys

Phrases like "lock up your daughters," and "you're going to have your hands full when she's a teenager."  Visuals of fathers cleaning their guns when their daughters' dates come over for the first time.  Parents losing sleep over their teen daughter's virtue.  It all adds up to a comm

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