UPDATE June 24, 2022. Like most of the rest of this country, I’m sickened by today’s Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade (and those other decisions too).
And though I’m lucky to live in a region that has vowed to continue access to safe surgical abortions, I’m concerned about people of all genders in parts of the country who are now at risk. Many will not have funds to travel, or vacation days to take off work, to come to California, Oregon, and Washington (and other states) for this form of health care.
Self-managed medical abortion isn’t for everyone, but it can be a good option for many. And there’s no substitute for political action (local, state, federal), donating to organizations, and doing what you can as you can. And let’s not forget #TransAbortionRights as well as women’s abortion rights.
And do learn about the history of the Reproductive Justice Movement, lead by activist Black women, women of color, LGBTQIA++ people, and youth.
Reproductive rights have been important to me since I was a teenager working as a pregnancy counselor in a free clinic in 1970s California. Roe v. Wade was passed during that time. And so, like many people, for most of my life I’ve taken Roe v. Wade for granted as a permanent foundation of equal rights policy and as an essential ingredient of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
I have so many thoughts and reactions to the recent news of Supreme Court intentions to reverse Roe v. Wade that I can’t express them all right now, as I’m operating in a haze of panic, heartsickness, and disgust. My own fertile years are far behind me now, but I am completely concerned for the younger people most at risk – including gender diverse people who are seldom acknowledged to have need for consideration in reproductive rights discussions, policies, and services.
I’m going to add pro-choice information and resources to this page, as I come across them. Please check back often for more info.
Donate to Pro-Choice Non-profit and Activist Organizations
Choose Pro-Choice Mid-term Election Candidates
NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC 2022 Endorsed Candidates page. You can donate directly to candidates from this page.
Today (May 5), I made donations to some pro-choice candidates for key elections in other states. I’ve also made sure to vote today in the Oregon primary, focusing on pro-choice candidates. Look for candidate endorsements by Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and other pro-choice organizations.
Political and Policy Background/History/Current Affairs
Listen to this episode of Gaslit Nation: The Assault on Reproductive Rights: An Interview with Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo, April 26, 2022. This is a deeply detailed political and historical analysis of right wing strategies to erode safe abortion access and other civil rights. Podcast hosts: Sarah Kendzior and Andrea Chalupa.
Will Safe Abortion Fall Victim to a Supremely Conservative Court? Amy Goodman & Dennis Moynihan, Democracy Now, May 5, 2022.
Michele Goodwin, Ph.D., author of Policing the Womb-Invisible Women and the Criminalization of Motherhood. Her essay, I Was Raped by My Father, An Abortion Saved My Life, was published in the New York Times, Nov. 30, 2021.
•Listen to her interview with Michael Moore on Rumble.
•Listen to her two part interview on Democracy Now, May 6, 2022. Here is Part 1. Professor Michele Goodwin and the new Jane Crow.
•Here is a link to Episode 58 of her podcast, On the Issues with Michele Goodwin, Everything You Need to Know About Getting an In-Home Abortion with Dr. Julie Amaon (re: abortion pills).
Supreme Court has drafted opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade: report. Patrick Reilly & Lee Brown. The NY Post. 5/2/22.
Self-Managed Medical Abortion: Abortion Pills
People are Getting Creative Obtaining Abortion Pills Online, Carrie N. Baker, Ms.Magazine, 2/27/22.
Abortion Rights for Transgender, Non-Binary, Other Gender Diverse People
Trans Lawyer Chase Strangio on Inclusivity: “People Like Me, Who Are Not Women, May Become Pregnant.” Democracy Now, May 9, 2022.
Transgender Advocates Say the End of Roe Would Have Dire Consequences. O. McCormack, The Washington Post, May 6, 2022.
How the reversal of Roe V. Wade could impact the transgender community. Ayen Bior, NPR, 5/5/2022.
Watch Trans Bodies, Trans Choices at TransLash.org.
Transgender People Tell Their Abortion Stories in Trans Bodies, Trans Choices. B. McNamara, Teen Vogue, March 14, 2022.
Moseson, H.M. et. al, Abortion experiences and preferences of transgender, nonbinary, and gender-expansive people in the United States. Gynecology, V. 224, Issue 4, April 2021.
Reproductive Justice for Black, Indigenous, and Other People of Color
Statement from In Our Own Voice: Black women call on Congress to protect reproductive rights and health.
Brief History of Black Americans Fighting for Reproductive Rights and Justice, Planned Parenthood of Delaware, 2019.
Black Organizers Lead Mass Rally Outside Jackson County Following Roe V. Wade Leak. Nasir Montalvo, Kansas City Defender, May 5, 2022.
11 Reproductive Organizations to Uplift, Power to Decide, 2021.
Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center, Reproductive Justice
Indigenous women face extra barriers when it comes to reproductive rights. Allison Herrara, High Country News, Feb. 14, 2020.
National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum – Reproductive Health and Rights
How Asian Pacific Women Are Resisting Reproductive Justice in the US, Sung Yeong Choimorrow, Truthout, March 6, 2018.
The Role of Asian-Americans Fighting for Reproductive Justice. Stephanie Peng, excerpt in Giving Compass, 8/4/2021. Full article, Making the Invisible, Visible, published in National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, 8/4/2021.
A Reproductive-Rights Activist Explains the Realities of Abortion For Latina Women. Lizzie Widdicombe, The New Yorker, 1/26/2022.
Religious & Spiritual Communities
US Muslim advocates weigh in on abortion rights battle. Dalia Hatuqa, Al Jazeera, 1/26/2022.
Wise Muslim Women: Protecting Women’s Reproductive Rights
Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality & Equality: Reproductive Rights.
Muslims for Progressive Values: MPV’s Stance on Women’s Rights Also, MPV Joins Lawsuit for Women’s Reproductive Rights (court brief, 7/12/2017).
JOFA Statement Regarding Leaked U.S. Supreme Court Draft Opinion Overturning Reproductive Rights. Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, 5/4/2022.
Jewish women are on the frontlines of the fight for abortion rights. We can’t give up hope now. Meredith Jacobs, The Jewish News of Northern California, 5/4/2022.
Jewish Women’s Archive: Reproductive Rights
Jewish Views on Women’s Rights and Reproductive Choice, ReformJudaism.org
Editorial: Dobbs v. Jackson is a threat to reproductive health. The Wild Hunt, 12/3/2021.
Editorial: Women’s health and reproductive rights are Pagan rights. Star Bustamante, The Wild Hunt, 5/31/2019.
General Abortion, Contraception, and Reproductive Health Information:
Legal help: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice, If When How. Includes helpline and legal defense funding.