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Reproductive Justice and ‘Choice': An Open Letter to Planned Parenthood

The recent exclusion of the long-term work of scores of reproductive justice organizations, activists, and researchers that have challenged the “pro-choice” label for 20 years, seen recently in New York Times and Huffington Post articles, is not only disheartening but, intentionally or not, continues the co-optation and erasure of the tremendously hard work done by Indigenous women and women of color for decades.

The recent exclusion of the long-term work of scores of reproductive justice organizations, activists, and researchers that have challenged the “pro-choice” label for 20 years, seen recently in New York Times and Huffington Post articles, is not only disheartening but, intentionally or not, continues the co-optation and erasure of the tremendously hard work done by Indigenous women and women of color for decades.

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It Takes a Village to Raise a Child—Especially for the Working Poor

Debra Harrell was jailed for "abandoning" her 9-year-old daughter while the young girl played at a park.

Many discussions of Debra Harrell, the South Carolina mother who was jailed for “abandoning” her 9-year-old daughter at a park, fail to mention how limited child-care options are for low-income parents, especially those who are single.

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Equal Pay Day for African-American Women, By the Numbers

Black women specifically face a larger wage gap than women overall, and their Equal Pay Day comes more than two months later than the day women's groups normally highlight.

Black women specifically face a larger wage gap than women overall, and their Equal Pay Day comes more than two months later than the day women’s groups normally highlight.

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What Kara Walker’s ‘Sugar Baby’ Showed Us

Kara Walker's Sugar Baby at the Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn, New York.

The controversial photos that some visitors took at the exhibit are not only troublesome because they disrespect the art, but because the mocking and dehumanization of the Black female body has a long history in our society.

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A Right to Contraception Without Access Is a Disaster for the Black Community

Black women already have low and inconsistent use of birth control due to access barriers, and Monday's Hobby Lobby decision is one more that puts effective care out of financial reach for many in need.

Black women already have low and inconsistent use of birth control due to access barriers, and Monday’s Hobby Lobby decision is one more that puts effective care out of financial reach for many in need.

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Report Debunks Conservative Case for Sex-Selection Abortion Bans

The report shines a light on the harmful racial stereotypes driving one of the right's latest anti-abortion efforts.

The report shines a light on the harmful racial stereotypes driving one of the right’s latest anti-abortion efforts.

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The 50th Anniversary of Mississippi’s Freedom Summer: Remembering What Fannie Lou Hamer Taught Us

Fannie Lou Hamer  used the power of storytelling to compel America to recognize the humanity of poor Black people in Mississippi.

Modern Mississippi freedom fighters must remain committed to Hamer’s legacy of bridging voting and reproductive rights into a comprehensive reproductive justice effort to protect Black women and other populations that are vulnerable to violations of both.

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And Still She Wrote: Remembering Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Dr. Maya Angelou’s life could not be contained by a single autobiography, so she wrote six, making the audacious claim that she—as a Black woman reared in the segregated South—was fully human and a worthy historical subject who needed no outside narrator to tell or validate her story.

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Standing Our Ground: Reproductive Justice for Marissa Alexander

Marissa Alexander

The over-policing and over-criminalization of pregnant women and mothers is becoming a major issue in this country, and the safety of mothers is at stake.

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Tennessee’s Pregnancy Criminalization Law Will Hit Black Women the Hardest

Texas' penal code explicitly exempts pregnant individuals from being punished for harming their own fetuses. But that hasn't stopped prosecutors from charging them with "reckless child endangerment" for using drugs while pregnant.

SB 1391 may not target Black women specifically, but history tells us that laws that do not specifically target people of color nevertheless tend to disparately affect people of color.

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