The Story that Took 10 Years to Tell

by Shanelle Matthews

Originally published at Crunk Feminist Collective.

“Are you in college?” The doctor could tell from my face I wasn’t at all interested in having a conversation. “You speak well. I mean, you’re articulate.” The wrinkles in my forehead deepened. I wrung my fingers tightly around the scratchy, blue exam gown and briefly thought about the woman who wore it before me; what was she like? I looked at him, desperately wanting to not have to actually speak, wishing he could just read my mind. “Yes. I’m in college,” I responded shortly. I was really thinking, “That’s none of your business and really, is this the time to make small talk? When your elbow is deep in my vagina?”
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The Story that Took 10 Years to Tell

by Shanelle Matthews

Originally published at Crunk Feminist Collective.

“Are you in college?” The doctor could tell from my face I wasn’t at all interested in having a conversation. “You speak well. I mean, you’re articulate.” The wrinkles in my forehead deepened. I wrung my fingers tightly around the scratchy, blue exam gown and briefly thought about the woman who wore it before me; what was she like? I looked at him, desperately wanting to not have to actually speak, wishing he could just read my mind. “Yes. I’m in college,” I responded shortly. I was really thinking, “That’s none of your business and really, is this the time to make small talk? When your elbow is deep in my vagina?”
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Masculine of Center Voices on Roe V. Wade

by Zerandrian Morris

“To expand the reproductive justice lens means increasing access to tools that keep our bodies and our families healthy and secure whether that is access to abortion, immigration reform and protection, disability justice, or transgender-specific resources. Moving beyond the sole focus of a woman’s body and abortion does not deny that Roe v. Wade was a watershed moment in our movement’s history and efforts.”
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Masculine of Center Voices on Roe V. Wade

by Zerandrian Morris

“To expand the reproductive justice lens means increasing access to tools that keep our bodies and our families healthy and secure whether that is access to abortion, immigration reform and protection, disability justice, or transgender-specific resources. Moving beyond the sole focus of a woman’s body and abortion does not deny that Roe v. Wade was a watershed moment in our movement’s history and efforts.”
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We Have Always Resisted

by Kortney Ryan Ziegler, Ph.D.

Originally published at the Huffington Post

“However, because this framework privileges a concept of “woman” concerned primarily with abortion access, it advances a dangerous narrative that erases the multiple ways that generations of trans women of color have also organized around similar issues of reproductive oppression. Specifically, the right of an individual to exercise control and fight for the safety of their bodies despite their gender and sexuality.”
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We Have Always Resisted

by Kortney Ryan Ziegler, Ph.D.

Originally published at the Huffington Post

“However, because this framework privileges a concept of “woman” concerned primarily with abortion access, it advances a dangerous narrative that erases the multiple ways that generations of trans women of color have also organized around similar issues of reproductive oppression. Specifically, the right of an individual to exercise control and fight for the safety of their bodies despite their gender and sexuality.”
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The Right’s Attack on Roe at 40: The Hyde and Helms Legacy

by Malika Redmond

Originally posted at Truthout.org

While celebrating the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we must also mourn the staying power of rhetoric demonizing women who seek reproductive autonomy – especially the young, the poor, rural women and women of color – and the legislation that blocks their ability to access abortion. Battles over the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act are only the latest example, following two earlier victories that targeted these vulnerable populations both at home and abroad: the Helms and Hyde amendments.
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The Right’s Attack on Roe at 40: The Hyde and Helms Legacy

by Malika Redmond

Originally posted at Truthout.org

While celebrating the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we must also mourn the staying power of rhetoric demonizing women who seek reproductive autonomy – especially the young, the poor, rural women and women of color – and the legislation that blocks their ability to access abortion. Battles over the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act are only the latest example, following two earlier victories that targeted these vulnerable populations both at home and abroad: the Helms and Hyde amendments.
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40 Aniversario del Caso Roe contra Wade

by Sylvia Barron

“A pesar de haber llegado a la edad de 7 años a este país, no fue hasta los 32 años que por azares del destino me vine enterando lo que esta ley tan significativa representa para las mujeres y/o parejas acerca del derecho a decidir sobre nuestro cuerpo.” Read more…

40 Aniversario del Caso Roe contra Wade

by Sylvia Barron

“A pesar de haber llegado a la edad de 7 años a este país, no fue hasta los 32 años que por azares del destino me vine enterando lo que esta ley tan significativa representa para las mujeres y/o parejas acerca del derecho a decidir sobre nuestro cuerpo.” Read more…

A Young Latina’s Reflection on “Choice”

by Anonymous

“While sitting in the doctor’s office after receiving the pregnancy results, I couldn’t help to think that there was more to what she asked me, “Do you think you’ll need counseling?” This question allowed me to imagine the very real situations in which states intervene in women’s bodies and decisions. Although I was able to access the critical services I needed, I know that my situation doesn’t always reflect the realities of other Latina women across California or the nation.” Read more…

A Young Latina’s Reflection on “Choice”

by Anonymous

“While sitting in the doctor’s office after receiving the pregnancy results, I couldn’t help to think that there was more to what she asked me, “Do you think you’ll need counseling?” This question allowed me to imagine the very real situations in which states intervene in women’s bodies and decisions. Although I was able to access the critical services I needed, I know that my situation doesn’t always reflect the realities of other Latina women across California or the nation.” Read more…

Reclaiming Spaces: Latinas and Abortion in the U.S.

by Myra Durán

“As one of those young women, I have been on many panels, radio shows and events reaffirming the existence of a generation of activists who are not only involved but integrate these issues into their everyday life. We don’t just limit our activism to abortion and birth control – we constantly have to push back on “apathetic” rhetoric that is used to describe us and our political work.” Read more…

Reclaiming Spaces: Latinas and Abortion in the U.S.

by Myra Durán

“As one of those young women, I have been on many panels, radio shows and events reaffirming the existence of a generation of activists who are not only involved but integrate these issues into their everyday life. We don’t just limit our activism to abortion and birth control – we constantly have to push back on “apathetic” rhetoric that is used to describe us and our political work.” Read more…

Real Access to Abortion Coverage

by Melissa Torres-Montoya, Esq.

“In seventh grade, I was assigned the anti-abortion side of a debate. The assignment gave me an opportunity to hone my debate skills and win an argument, but more importantly, my research convinced me of a woman’s right to choose abortion.” Read more…

Real Access to Abortion Coverage

by Melissa Torres-Montoya, Esq.

“In seventh grade, I was assigned the anti-abortion side of a debate. The assignment gave me an opportunity to hone my debate skills and win an argument, but more importantly, my research convinced me of a woman’s right to choose abortion.” Read more…

Remembering Those Still Waiting for the Promise of Roe

by Miriam Pérez

Each year the anniversary of Roe brings the reminder that people of color are disproportionately affected by the current state of access to safe abortion care, but often missing from the public dialogue about Roe and abortion. This year I worked with the reproductive justice organization Forward Together on a series of articles from people of color, as well as queer and trans folks, reflecting on this 40th anniversary. Read more…

Remembering Those Still Waiting for the Promise of Roe

by Miriam Pérez

Each year the anniversary of Roe brings the reminder that people of color are disproportionately affected by the current state of access to safe abortion care, but often missing from the public dialogue about Roe and abortion. This year I worked with the reproductive justice organization Forward Together on a series of articles from people of color, as well as queer and trans folks, reflecting on this 40th anniversary. Read more…

On Her Fortieth Birthday, What Does Roe Mean for Me and Mine?

by Shivana Jorowar

This year, we mark the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court case that legalized abortion in the United States. Reflecting on that important decision and what it means for me and mine, I feel conflicting emotions. As a woman with privilege who has depended on the law, I am grateful for it. As a queer, Indo-Caribbean from an immigrant family in the Bronx, I remember that laws often require less than justice does. If we are truly going to have justice for women, we are going to need more than Roe. Read more…

On Her Fortieth Birthday, What Does Roe Mean for Me and Mine?

by Shivana Jorowar

This year, we mark the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court case that legalized abortion in the United States. Reflecting on that important decision and what it means for me and mine, I feel conflicting emotions. As a woman with privilege who has depended on the law, I am grateful for it. As a queer, Indo-Caribbean from an immigrant family in the Bronx, I remember that laws often require less than justice does. If we are truly going to have justice for women, we are going to need more than Roe. Read more…