Filling the entire legislature with politicians who support reproductive rights may be a a huge task, but there is one position to focus on first. The lieutenant governor.
Unintended pregnancies, especially teen pregnancies, are a large contributor to the many other challenges that plague the families in Mississippi, such as high rates of maternal and child mortality, a broader health crisis, and skyrocketing poverty levels.
Every year when the anniversary of Roe v. Wade rolls around, I am troubled by the loud silences in our triumphant tales of struggle. As a history doctoral student who researches African Americans and abortion, the story I tell is quite different.
The afternoon may have literally turned into a circus, but the morning was mostly calm and full of supporters at the only public clinic in Mississippi.
Ever since I arrived, I’ve been trying to find the magic key to beginning a conversation around abortion. Can a professor of religion help me find it?
Pregnant from your rapist? Too bad. Have that baby anyway.
Despite attempts to provoke a confrontation, clinic defenders refused to rise to the bait.
When only one side feels comfortable discussing abortion, the issue will inevitably seem settled.
On my first day in Mississippi, I was schooled in reproductive rights by an unlikely source.
Sure, you can still get an abortion… if you are lucky.