Next year, CHOICES Memphis Center for Reproductive Health will open the first non-profit clinic in the U.S. providing both birth and abortion services under the same roof.
I used a fake name. I created a fake identity. I even wore one of those red shirts—emblazoned with the Massachusetts Citizens for Life logo alongside a crudely drawn fetus.
Barbara Smith is one of the most influential Black feminists of our time. In this exclusive interview, she looks back on her activist career—and forward to what must come next.
If your gift-giving goal is simply to mask any stress, guilt or even inequality in mom’s life, I suggest a strong scented candle. But if you want to gift her with solidarity and support this year, consider these ideas instead.
#5: Seriously, Nothing is Impossible.
I was driving home from work in June of 2015 when I received the kind of phone call no parent ever wants to get.
Gen Z and Millennials have every right to be angry—and Boomers need to get mad as hell again.
I’ve got a big family and lots of friends, so every year I send tons of holiday greetings. But two weeks ago, I spent most of the day writing cards to people I’ve never met—and these messages felt as special as any that I’ve ever written. That’s because they were for some of the most marginalized people in society: incarcerated survivors of rape.
Before Roe v. Wade, an uncounted army of women dedicated ourselves to helping our sisters make decisions and take action about their unwanted pregnancies and other reproductive issues. We listened to their stories, counseled them about options and helped them find the services they needed. We often accompanied them to appointments and procedures.
This past summer, I sat in an eight-hour mediation circle with the man who raped me. It was one of the first instances in the legal system in North America in which a sexual assault case concluded with an exercise in restorative justice.