Abortion Is Our Right
3/15/19 - Abortion rights are under attack. And while many are scared, maybe for the first time, the push to control and criminalize women's health care is nothing new. For many Americans, access to abortion as promised after Roe v. Wade never really came. We discuss reproductive justice and ways to get involved in your community with activist Renee Bracey Sherman. And we learn how Chicago women took action to create safe, private ways to access abortion in the 1970s under the pseudonym JANE with one of the collective's members, Judith Arcana.
Don’t let Meghan McCain and Ben Sasse shape the narrative on abortion
Stillbirths in immigration detention
People across the gender spectrum need abortion care
Renee Bracey Sherman’s tips to get involved with the National Network of Abortion Funds and the movement for reproductive justice:
Join in this year’s Bowl-a-Thon
If there’s not a fund in your area, contact NNAF about creating one!
Tell your abortion story with We Testify
Contact your local abortion fund or clinic about volunteer training days
Offer support: money, answering hot lines, answering cold lines, practical support such as housing or transportation, clinic duties like escort or simple maintenance and cleanup. Follow the lead of clinic staff and volunteer coordinators on what is needed. Activism doesn’t always look like a protest.
Learn more about the history of abortion (and anti-abortion) policy:
Reputable facts and figures on abortion from the Guttmacher Institute
What is the domestic gag rule?
Some bad-news abortion restrictions:
Some good-news actions in support of abortion rights:
Killing The Black Body by Dorothy Roberts
Undivided Rights (essays by the founders of Reproductive Justice)
Radical Reproductive Justice by Loretta Ross (founded Reproductive Justice)
Reproductive Justice: An Introduction by Loretta Ross & Marlene Gerber Fried
Handbook for a Post-Roe America by Robin Marty
The Mothers by Brit Bennett (a novel)
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (a novel)