What does it mean to be “pro-choice?” “Pro-choice” is a political worldview in which women are equal actors and full participants in society and every born child is a wanted, loved, cared-for child.
My generation of feminists took abortion from the back alleys and made it legal for women; today’s generation of feminists will make it affordable, accessible and viable for <strong>all</strong> women – not just the privileged or the comfortably employed middle-classed, or those with supportive families, friends, or partners who support their right to have an option or make a decision to have an abortion. To my fellow pre-Roe feminists, let’s pass the torch without fear or apprehension!
As a worker in social and Reproductive Justice movements I am held by benchmarks of the number of people who come to an event, how policy changes, of dollars raised and other quantifiable records.
When my best friend faced an unintended and unwanted pregnancy, I made the choice to stand with her, and I have been an advocate for reproductive justice ever since.
This year, we asked members of the community of RH Reality Check to share with us–and you–their heroines and heroes for 2010… those people who have worked to promote sexual and reproductive justice, environmental justice, women’s human rights and the rights of LGBT persons. Just to be clear: This was not a contest and we did not intend to “choose” among these amazing people; rather we intended to recognize them all, as they were submitted by their colleagues.
Below are brief profiles of the people recognized by our colleagues, and the names of those who submitted them. The names appear in alphabetical order.
We give a special thanks to all the heroines and heroes working for rights and justice everywhere, and thank each of them, whether named here or not.
Claims that birth control pills are the sole or primary source of synthetic estrogen in water and therefore the cause of reproductive problems in fish or people misrepresent the science, plain and simple.
Pro-choice groups work strenuously to protect our rights and provide affordable, essential care. But when it comes to choosing where and with which kind of provider to give birth, they are silent. Why?
Given the consensus that shackling pregnant women is not only unnecessary but also degrading, it was a shock to find out this morning that Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill passed by the California Legislature to end shackling of pregnant women in his state.
Third in a series about leaders in the Latino community whose work centers on sexuality, ethnicity, racial classification, and social justice.
On Women’s Equality Day we should consider the potential for jumpstarting climate negotiations and the green economy by strengthening women’s leadership in these areas.