The pro-choice movement’s shift in attention, messaging, and resources away from a focus on family means that the anti-choice movement has been able to make the idea of family, specifically unborn children, central to its emotional power and success.
“Reproductive justice isn’t just a women’s issue; it’s a people issue.”
In response to the recent discussion about a “bro-choice” movement, I’d like to offer a defense of continuing to talk about abortion as a women’s issue, and pointers for how men can be supportive as allies within that frame.
Debate over a supposed generational divide in the fight for abortion access has flared up repeatedly in recent months. Working inter-generationally is vital to the success of a movement, yet these conversations have focused on what supposedly separates generations rather than on ways of working together to win reproductive freedom for all.
Nancy Keenan of NARAL Pro-Choice America addresses reactions to a Newsweek article and NARAL’s research on the role of younger voters and advocates in the pro-choice movement.
A recent Gallup Poll found that fewer men identify as pro-choice today than they did in 2008. The sexism that’s feeding the anti-choice side and why we need men to support women’s reproductive rights.
2009 ended with every writer under the sun reviewing the past decade: the best, the worst, the bizarre. Here’s my wish list of things the pro-choice movement should set out to achieve in the next 10 years…not just pay lip service to.
To keep attracting young people to the movement, relying on the fear of a return to a harrowing past isn’t enough. And it minimizes the essential work that is yet to be done in order to achieve true reproductive justice.
Pro-reproductive justice philosophy is grounded in empathy — the idea that we cannot judge another woman’s choice unless we’ve walked a mile in her shoes.