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Kelsea McLain

Deputy Director, Yellowhammer Fund

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Kelsea McLain is the Deputy Director of Yellowhammer Fund. She is an abortion rights activist who got her start in Texas ensuring access to stigma-free and inclusive sexual-health education. Her work pivoted when she herself needed access to care that she could not afford. Now based in the Carolinas, and working remotely to support Yellowhammer's efforts across the deep south, Kelsea’s work confronts the same barriers that impacted her own ability to get an abortion.

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Scheduled Appearances


The New Abortion Underground

Crosscut Festival 2023
Fri May 5, 2023 | 9:00am

After the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, abortion access has become increasingly restricted in many states — harkening back to the pre-Roe era, when groups like "the Janes" created an underground network to provide access. We sit down with a former Jane and with a provider working today to consider the future of the fight for abortion access.


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Judith Arcana
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Featuring: Megan Burbank, Judith Arcana, Kelsea McLain

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About the Festival

The Crosscut Ideas Festival is a celebration of big ideas and a gathering for bold thinkers. Newsmakers, changemakers and innovators come together to take a fresh look at the biggest issues of our time. Over one week, the Crosscut Ideas Festival hosts fireside conversations and panels, meetups, art installations, workshops, and interactive experiences.

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Celebrate the best of PNW community and culture while supporting public media. Enjoy a night of entertainment with a culinary tour of the region curated by premier chefs and restaurateurs, Hear from The Daily host Michael Barbaro, and bid on a unique items in a PBS and Northwest-themed auction.