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Movies and Documentaries
The Janes is a documentary by Tia Lessin and Emma Pildes. It spotlights the members of the Jane Collective, an underground network based in Chicago that facilitated illegal abortions between 1969 and 1973.
Call Jane is directed by Phyllis Nagy, the screenwriter of ‘Carol.’ Call Jane follows a traditional housewife, Joy, as she seeks out an abortion and later joins the women of the Jane Collective.
Vera Drake is a fictional British film about a working-class woman who provides abortions to other women like her – and she is eventually arrested.
Plan B follows a straight-laced high school student and her slacker best friend who, after a regrettable first sexual encounter, have 24 hours to hunt down a Plan B pill in America’s heartland.
America’s War on Abortion is a 2020 documentary film by Deeyah Khan. In this documentary timed to coincide with the US Presidential elections, Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Deeyah Khan investigates one of the most divisive issues in American politics – abortion.
Stonewall Uprising: The Year That Changed America. When police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in the Greenwich Village section of New York City on June 28, 1969, the street erupted into violent protests that lasted for the next six days. The Stonewall riots, as they came to be known, marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement in the United States and around the world.
The Education of Shelby Knox (links to the trailer). What is bright 15-year-old Shelby Knox to do when confronted by the reality that abstinence can’t solve all the problems of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases — especially in Lubbock, Texas, which has some of the country’s highest incidences of both? The answer: She and her fellow students try to get sex education taught in city schools, which leads to clashes between Shelby and her conservative family, as her personal politics gradually diverge from those she grew up with.
Articles, Podcasts, and Recordings
The Effort to Punish Women for Having Abortions on The Daily. Even as the anti-abortion movement celebrates victories at the Supreme Court and in many states across the country, there is debate about where to go next. A hard-edge faction is pursuing “abortion abolition,” a move to criminalize abortion from conception, targeting not only the providers but also the women who have the procedure.
Legalizing Abortion – Argentina on Words To Win By. At 4 a.m. on December 30th 2020, as crowds gathered in front of Congress awaiting the final vote, Argentina legalized abortion. This realized the hopes and validated the hard work of organizers and lawyers, politicians and medical providers, veteran feminist leaders and newly engaged teenage activists. Words to Win By also produced a Spanish-language version of this episode: Legalizando el aborto – Argentina.
Mobilizing for Reproductive Freedom in the Battle Over Bodily Sovereignty, A Roundtable Discussion hosted by Political Research Associates.
We Are BRAVE: Race, money, and abortion access is a political education curriculum, developed by Forward Together and Western States Center, to support social justice organizations to build a shared understanding of abortion as one aspect of reproductive and sexual health; explore abortion access through the lens of racial, economic and immigrant justice; and find pathways to action in support of abortion rights.
All Above All Resource Database has pages and pages of great resources!
Political Research Associates have a ton of excellent resources on their website!
Reproductive Justice: An Introduction by Loretta Ross and Rickie Solinger.
9 Informative Books About Stonewall from Book Riot.
Books on Reproductive Justice from the Seattle Public Library.
Transformation: Towards a People’s Democracy by Suzanne Pharr. Check out Chapter 10 “Deregulating Women’s Lives and Regulating Greed: An Open Letter to the Conservative Right (1990)” and Chapter 11 “Rightwing/Whitewing Christians: Hel-lo Operation Rescue (1991).”
Reproductive Rights as Human Rights: Women of Color and the Fight for Reproductive Justice by Zakiya Luna reveals both the promise and the pitfalls associated with a human rights approach to the women of color-focused reproductive rights activism of SisterSong.
Comics, Zines, and Other Resources
We Testify Abortion Comics: We Testify is an organization dedicated to the leadership and representation of people who have abortions, increasing the spectrum of abortion storytellers in the public sphere, and shifting the way the media understands the context and complexity of accessing abortion care. To change the conversation, the We Testify abortion storytellers partnered with artists who’ve had abortions to illustrate their stories.
This country-wide map shows where abortion is legal by state.
SMAshing Stigma is a zine by Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity (URGE) about self-managed abortions.
How to Ensure a Safe Abortion with Pills is a Youtube video series developed by Doctors Without Borders
@holistic.abortions is an instagram account offering inclusive, comprehensive reproductive knowledge from herbalists and abortion doulas.
Euki is a free sexual health (and more!) app that doesn’t track your data.
Other Organizing Tools
Sample announcement and messaging from a Grant County July 2022 reproductive justice rally:
- Please join your friends and neighbors for this peaceful, stationary demonstration to build positive community awareness of the loss of rights.
- We will meet at the corners of the John Day stoplight Friday, July 15th, 4-6 PM.
- A few reminders:
- Stay on the sidewalks and do not block pedestrians from getting through.
- The Blue Mountain Eagle is the only certified media coverage at this peaceful event.
- If you have questions or concerns during the demonstration, please contact a member of our safety team – Ashley Stevick, Adele and Mark Cerny, Susan Church, Beth and Jim Spell.
- Please spread the word and encourage friends, family, and significant others to join us.
- We are building community with friends and neighbors – be courteous!
- Do you need ideas for a sign? Check out the following. Positive Sign Ideas for WWGB:
- We Won’t Go Back!
- Every baby wanted, every mother willing – Pro-choice
- Proudly Pro-choice
- Our Bodies, our Choice
- Organize, Vote, Defend Choice
- Having a Child should be a Choice!
- I was a Choice.
- Pro-choice – Pro-Family – Pro-child
- If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention!
- My Body, My Choice – Her Body, Her Choice – His Body, His Choice –Get It??
- Our Bodies, Our Choice, Our Rights Can’t be Taken Away. This is America – Land of the Free.
- We won’t go back! Religion has no place in government!
- I’m Pro-choice and I Vote!
- Forced birth in a country with no universal healthcare, no universal childcare, no paid family and medical leave, highest rates of maternal mortality. This is not about life. It is about control.”
- Protect and support a woman’s right to choose.
- “Seriously?! My mom already marched for this!! We will not go back!”
- I can’t believe I still have to protest this baloney!
- “This is not democracy.”
- Preserve our Democracy –Separation of Church and State
- Honk and Wave for Choice
- Abortion Saves Lives
- Gay/Trans Rights are Human rights
- Government of, by, and for the people – not of, by, and for unelected judges!
- Freedom of Choice = Democracy
- Roe, Roe, Roe – Your Vote!
- My Daughters and Granddaughters should not have less rights than I did!
Birth Justice Bill of Rights: This is a tool from the Southern Birth Justice Network to know your rights and advocate for the respectful care you deserve. Adapted from Black Midwives Care. Check out the full tool on the Southern Birth Justice Network page, or read the list of rights here:
As a Black pre-conception, pregnant, birthing or postpartum person, I have the right to:
- STAND AGAINST RACISM.
- KNOW MY HISTORY AND RESIST INSTITUTIONAL RACISM.
- HONOR MY VALUES.
- EXPRESS MY CULTURE.
- DEVELOP A NETWORK OF SAFETY AND SUPPORT.
- REPRESENT MY BLACKNESS.
- CARE FOR ALL MY IDENTITIES.
- PROTECTION FROM VIOLENCE.
- UNDERSTAND HOW RACISM IMPACTS MY HEALTH.
- RESPECT MY FAMILY STRUCTURE.
- COMPREHENSIVE CARE AFTER I GIVE BIRTH.
- SUPPORT FROM MY DOULA.
- ACCESS TO EVERYTHING I NEED TO BE HEALTHY.
- SUPPORT IN REDUCING STRESS.
- INCLUSION IN THE DECISIONS THAT AFFECT ME.
- ENSURE ACCESS TO ALL BIRTH CARE OPTIONS.
- HONOR THE NATURAL BIRTH PROCESS.
- SUPPORT MY BABY’S RIGHT TO HUMAN MILK.
- GET A SECOND OPINION.
- ADVOCATE FOR MY RIGHTS.
- TIME TO HEAL AND BOND.
- RECOGNIZE THAT MY BODY IS ALWAYS MINE.
Reproductive Justice Organizations
SisterSong is a Southern-based, national membership organization. SisterSong’s mission is to strengthen and amplify the collective voices of indigenous women and women of color to achieve reproductive justice by eradicating reproductive oppression and securing human rights. “Our purpose is to build an effective network of individuals and organizations to improve institutional policies and systems that impact the reproductive lives of marginalized communities.”
Black Feminist Future (BFF) is a member-centered organization and our members help inform our work, campaigns, and initiatives. “At BFF, we’re centering leadership development, community care, and joy in order to build the political and social power that we need to win concrete changes in our lives, community, and beyond. BFF envisions a world where all Black women, girls, and gender-expansive folks are: safe, joyful, cared for, powerful, self-determining, and thriving. We envision a world where freedom is our birthright and we are in abundant, nurturing, and interdependent relationships with our communities and the earth. BFF is a political hub focused on the dynamic possibilities of galvanizing the social and political power of Black women, girls, and gender-expansive people towards liberation. We do this by building and nourishing the leadership of fierce Black feminists, fortifying aligned organizations and movements, and shifting cultural norms.”
Abortion Access Front “We are a coven of hilarious badass feminists who use humor and pop culture to expose the haters fighting against reproductive rights.”
Liberate Abortion is an effort comprised of more than 150 reproductive justice and rights organizations, groups, and abortion providers working in coalition to fight for abortion that is available, affordable, accessible, and stigma-free for anyone who needs it. Liberate Abortion is about more than just protecting the legal right to an abortion. Roe v. Wade alone has never been enough to ensure people, especially Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and people working to make ends meet, can get the care they need when they need it.
Northwest Abortion Access Fund is an abortion fund serving Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska. Trained, compassionate volunteer advocates run our toll-free hotline. We help people pay for their abortion care by sending funding directly to the clinic. We also help people get to and from the clinic. And we make sure people traveling for care have a safe place to stay
California Latinas for Reproductive Justice “CLRJ is a statewide organization committed to honoring the experiences of Latinas/xs to uphold our dignity, our bodies, sexuality, and families. We build Latinas’/xs’ power and cultivate leadership through community education, policy advocacy, and community-informed research to achieve reproductive justice.”
Indigenous Women Rising is committed to honoring Native & Indigenous People’s inherent right to equitable and culturally safe health options through accessible health education, resources, and advocacy. IWR has an abortion fund that is open to all Indigenous people in the United States and Canada who have the capacity to become pregnant and are seeking an abortion in the United States.
We Testify is an organization dedicated to the leadership and representation of people who have abortions, increasing the spectrum of abortion storytellers in the public sphere, and shifting the way the media understands the context and complexity of accessing abortion care. We Testify invests in abortion storytellers to elevate their voices and expertise, particularly those of color, those from rural and conservative communities, those who are queer-identified, those with varying abilities and citizenship statuses, and those who needed support when navigating barriers while accessing abortion care.
If When How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice envisions a transformation of the legal systems and institutions that perpetuate oppression into structures that realize justice, and a future when all people can self-determine their reproductive lives free from discrimination, coercion, or violence. They offer a repro legal helpline, a Repro Legal Defense Fund, and resources for health care providers.
National Network of Abortion Funds builds power with members to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access by centering people who have abortions and organizing at the intersections of racial, economic, and reproductive justice.
Plan C provides up-to-date information on how people in the U.S. are accessing at-home abortion pill options online.