The RH Reality Check Gift Guide, Round Two

We're back with the second installment of RH Reality Check's holiday gift guide!

Want to spread the reproductive health love this holiday season? Below, find organizations, books, and movies that make reproductive justice their mission.



  • The Education of Shelby Knox. Set in Texas, this documentary follows a teen activist for comprehensive sexuality education as she struggles to reconcile her changing political views with her faith, family, and community. Worth it all for her heart-to-heart with her local pastor and abstinence advocate (Actual quote: "Well, Christianity isn't exactly a tolerant religion.")
  • From Danger to Dignity. This documentary highlights the networks of clergymen, feminists, and health care providers who were committed to ensuring women's access to safe abortion before Roe v. Wade.
  • Our Song. This coming-of-age story set in Crown Heights, Brooklyn follows three teenage girls as their paths diverge one summer. Killer marching band footage.


  • National Advocates for Pregnant Women seeks to protect the rights and human dignity of all women, particularly pregnant and parenting women and those who are most vulnerable, through litigation, litigation support and legal advocacy; local and national organizing; public policy development, and public education and outreach. Donate here.
  • SisterLove is the first and oldest community-based non-profit in Georgia to focus specifically upon the needs of women, particularly African American women and those of African descent, who are at risk for contracting HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases and infections. SisterLove does health education and advocacy, offers mentoring and leadership training, and provides housing and support services. Donate here.
  • The National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF) is an affiliation of over 100 community-based abortion funds throughout the United States that ensure low-income women's access to safe, legal abortion services at the community level. NNAF also engages in national advocacy linking economic justice and reproductive rights. Donate here.

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  • invalid-0

    What if you had a “Republican” father that you thought it might be great to expose to a “different” way of thinking about reproductive health than he might normally be used to, but you didn’t want to give him something “really” “liberal” or “feminist”? What should you give him?

    NB my excessive problematizing via quotation marks :)

  • invalid-0

    Thank you so much for including the National Network of Abortion Funds on your Gift Guide — it’s fantastic!

    I wanted to let you and your readers know that right now, NEW donors to the Network who contribute $50 or more will receive a gift from Katha Pollitt of The Nation. Katha has offered a personally signed copy of her new book “Learning to Drive: and Other Life Stories” to all new donors to the Network’s National Reproductive Justice Fund.

    If you donate via the link above, please just write “Katha Book” in the dedication/gift space. Katha will sign a book just for you and we’ll mail it over!

    Also, 100% of your donation will go directly to our National Reproductive Justice Fund.

    The Fund provides direct financial assistance to low-income women across the country who are facing extreme obstacles to abortion care. Over 70% of the women helped through this Fund are in their second-trimester and struggling to scrape together what often amounts to at least 1-2 thousand dollars. Also, oftentimes other serious circumstances are at play.

    Please consider becoming a new donor to the Network this holiday season!

    Thanks so much! Contact Megan @ the Network with any questions — or 617-524-6040.

  • andrea-lynch

    Oooh, GOOD question, ANP! I have been wracking my brain for a recommendation ever since you posted your comment (while simultaneously bemoaning the fact that several such gifts didn't immediately come to mind–we should get on that!!). I will keep looking & asking around, but in the mean time, here are the best suggestions I can come up with off the top of my head:


    1. It's not exactly something you can wrap up, but if you & your dad (like me & my dad) occasionally exchange links to articles we find interesting, here are a couple of particularly persuasive, non-polemic suggestions:

    Frances Kissling on the common ground of preventing the need for abortion: (also published by Salon)

    Elizabeth Wardle talks about her conversion to supporting safe & legal abortion:


    2. I find that some of the most persuasive arguments for safe & legal abortion challenge us to confront what always happens when abortion is illegal: women regularly risk their lives and often die seeking illegal abortions. To that end, this is an amazing book by two Chilean OB/GYNs who both became committed to ensuring women's reproductive rights when they were young medical students in Chile watching countless women be brought into the emergency room every day with complications from illegal, unsafe abortions:

    Also, From Danger to Dignity (featured above, you can actually watch
    the whole thing online here: is just about the most persuasive & enlightening thing I've ever seen about abortion in the U.S.–it breaks down the pre-Roe movement for reproductive rights, but most interestingly, it highlights a number of unlikely heroes in the struggle to make abortion legal in the U.S., including Republican legislators, clergy, and doctors. Might be an interesting holiday viewing choice??


    Sadly, though, I'm not sure any of these suggestions really answer your question–ideally, I'd like to recommend something that isn't overtly "about" reproductive health/rights but that might shift your dad's thinking on the topic. Let me do some more research and see what I can come up with…and meanwhile, if any other readers have any recommendations, please chime in!



  • amanda-marcotte

    Early to Bed is selling sex toy gift sets where part of the profits go to charities like abortion access funds, etc.

  • invalid-0

    Andrea, thanks for those fantastic suggestions.

    I’d also like to recommend:

    This coming Tuesday – December 18th – stay tuned for our feature post by writer, Anna Clark. You will find it in the upper left corner on our home page. I think it may provide you with some insight into how you might go about providing perspective on this issue to your father.

    Anna identified as “pro-life” for a long time and will write about not only her journey towards becoming pro-choice but other women’s journeys as well. Anna’s piece, I’m sure, will shine a bright light on what the impetus, and/or personal revelations were for her shift in thinking and she’ll tell the stories of other women’s shifts as well!

    I hope you check back next Tuesday, ANP! I think the article may provide just what you’re looking for :).


  • invalid-0

    Books- The Red Tent by Anita Diamant A moving fictionalized account of women from the Old Testamaent and their reproductive realities including infertility, obstructed labor, maternal mortality, gender-based violence and polygamy.

    DVDs: Citizen Ruth : In this dark comedy, Laura Dern portrays a aerosol can sniffing pregnant mother who is tossed between the “pro choice” and “pro life” movements.

    Organizations: One by One to support giving cirlces that fund Obstetric fisutla repair and prevention. They have a holiday appeal that is raising funds to replace the operating table at the Baganda hospital in Tanzania. The current table is being held together with duct tape – literally.
    As for Republican fathers – a box of chocolates and a copy of Caddie Woodlawn with the pages highlighted where Caddie’s father talks about why he raised his daughter to be strong and brave like a boy.