Even a glance to the past from Hollywood can remind us that access to abortion and to reproductive health care in general should be the priority of the pro-choice movement.
My experience with health care in my native country led me to take health insurance for granted and consider health care as a human right. What a shocking experience to come to the U.S. as a penniless international student!
The widely-celebrated court decision striking down Proposition 8 is important for many reasons, not least because it underscores that reproductive and sexual rights are integrally and intimately linked.
Three Atlanta-based women of color organizations say that a billboard campaign in Atlanta lanched by anti-choice organizations, along with so-called “freedom rides” scheduled this summer are “no more than a ploy to turn back the clock on Black women’s right to reproductive freedom.”
The legal field, even within public interest law, and even within a subset of public interest law like reproductive rights, can be overwhelming. For non-lawyers, it can be hard to figure out where the law fits into your overall vision and strategy. But for lawyers, especially us young lawyers, it’s no less confusing; it’s hard to figure out where you as an individual fit into the social movements around you. To help current law students in this process, the National Women’s Law Center and Law Students for Reproductive Justice are teaming up for our annual training for law students on June 11th.
“I cannot imagine a place where one might stand and have a clearer view of concentrated disadvantage based on race, class, and gender inequality in the country then from inside the walls of women’s prisons.” Beth E. Richie
My mom prepared me to make good decisions for myself and my body. I’m sure she had no idea at the time that she was fostering at a reproductive justice advocate. But I thank her for it.
Sometimes the struggle for the reproductive justice and the dignity and freedom of women and girls takes on especially compelling and tragic dimensions. This is one of them.
I’ve pretty much devoted my college career to making a ruckus for reproductive justice. So imagine my surprise when I read Newsweek’s piece suggesting the next generation doesn’t think abortion rights need defending.
We have to put control back in the hands of women and girls. Abortion is an important tool for women seeking to shape their own destinies. Change someone’s life. Help her take care of her family, go to college, maintain her emotional health, keep her head above water, achieve the future she wants for herself. We may have lost on health care reform, but victories still happen every time one person helps another. Make it happen.