There are two public health issues that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was evidently trying to address: the dangers of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and the high number of unplanned pregnancies in this country. By not keeping them separate, the agency effectively reduced all women to nothing more than fetus-vessels-in-waiting.
Viewers might expect Trapped to be a grim, national montage—but it’s not. Instead, it’s something much more powerful: an intimate portrait of a handful of providers in Texas and Alabama who are fighting not only to keep their doors open, but to reduce the stigma against abortion propagated by the religious right.
“Protecting the sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls in crisis settings is essential and a matter of human rights, but it is also complicated and unsustainable without a change in the way humanitarian assistance is provided and funded,” states a recently published report from the UN Population Fund.
The Zika virus, in addition to being a widespread medical crisis, has effectively drawn attention to elected leaders’ neglect of women’s reproductive rights in many of the affected countries.
These anti-government groups, quite a few of whom have deep ideological ties with white supremacist organizations and individuals, should alarm the left. Their philosophies often have foundations of racism, colonialism, and restriction of reproductive rights—and their numbers are growing.
As I was reading The Diversity Advantage: Fixing Gender Inequality In the Workplace, I saw my nontraditional life and needs represented by the policies the author advocates for and realized these are fights I need to be more involved in, for reasons beyond rounding out my reproductive justice advocacy.
Although individual states have attempted to ban abortions that are supposedly motivated by diagnoses of fetal disabilities, the latest move by the Americans United for Life represents a push to expand that strategy to legislatures nationwide.
Evangelical support for Black Lives Matter activism in Missouri has been virtually nonexistent, so it was exciting to find out that a full-throated challenge to that lack of support was thrown down at the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s recent student mission conference in St. Louis last month.
As of this writing, the 2016 #Spawn4Good gaming fundraiser has raised $2,155 for abortions.
The women sharing their abortion stories in the Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole briefs owe much to the women lawyers who filed a 1970 landmark case challenging New York’s abortion ban.