To be pro-choice is to believe in the fundamental rights of women to be the deciders of their reproductive fates. From contraception to abortion to birth and parenting, reproductive justice is the radical notion that women are people who are entitled to the same rights to make decisions about their bodies as non-pregnant people. […]
The bloody scenes of women are always suspect. Our insides, the things our bodies expel – the mucous, the shedding, the clots and clumps of uterine lining and pre-formed babies. We must keep it neat. We must follow the rules. ………………………. “I can’t find you. For three days you’re consumed…. I don’t know where you […]
It’s no secret that no one really cares about women’s safety. Especially not when there’s a fetus at stake. One only needs to look at the current standards of care in birth to see how little we care about women’s health…
My friend, Katie, read a spoken word poem about being treated as a vessel at a pro-choice rally and vigil – I had no idea how powerful it was going to be. A few weeks later we made it to an open mic poetry reading, where she read it again, and this time we recorded […]
Last week, on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, I held a rally / memorial in my community in support of women’s rights to full bodily autonomy and choice. A friend and clergy member, Jill Terwilliger, wrote a truly beautiful prayer for the event. Jill feels especially called in her work to support feminist and […]
Men don’t get to be vocal about their disappointment about abortion, while women are still expected to sit in silence and in shame. Men don’t get to stake a claim in the abortion conversation, when the bodily burden of pregnancy or abortion will always be carried by those with a uterus.
Yesterday was an empowering day for many folks as the 1 in 3 Campaign hosted an eight-hour speak out, during which more than one hundred women shared their abortion stories, and countless more spoke out online about their own.
This piece is in collaboration with Blog Action Day. Thousands of bloggers are joining to write about the theme, #inequality. I read an allegory once in which a woman goes to see her OB-Gyn. She’s just found out she’s pregnant and is distressed because she already has a one year old and she is not […]
The SCOTUS decisions of last week, known as the Massachusetts Buffer Zone and Hobby Lobby, both sent a very clear message that free speech and oppressive religious beliefs trump a woman’s rights to bodily autonomy, privacy, and the right to exist without harassment and intrusion. Birth workers and activists have long maintained their separation from […]
On Wednesday of this past week, Arizona’s Senate Health and Human Services Committee passed a measure, that, if passed in the full Senate and the House, will severely restrict a woman’s right to choose where she gives birth. The bill bans midwives from attending women at home who have had a prior cesarean, among other restrictions. […]