What to do about a declining birth rate? Banning abortion, doing away with sex ed, and making birth control difficult to access is one approach. But stripping women of their reproductive autonomy is the very worst response to population concerns.
Women, children and communities thrive when parenthood is a choice that is made freely, and not forcibly.
Shortly after her murder, Heyer was heinously criticized on a neo-Nazi site as a childless waste of life. Here, fellow childless and childfree women mourn Heather’s loss with the hope of magnifying her message against injustice and celebrating her heroism.
15 percent of women in the U.S. will reach their 40th birthdays without ever having given birth—but they have given to the children in their lives in significant ways.
For women in politics, motherhood is too often used as an indicator of compassion and concern for the future. These are laudable qualities, but motherhood is not a necessary condition for inhabiting them—and when we assume that it is, everybody loses.