ISSN 0897-2613 • Vol. 18 #5
A CAll to Resist illegitimAte AuthoRity September-October 2009
The Struggle for Reproductive Justice
A growing movement emerges to create broad-based social change
by Marlene Gerber Fried and Mia Kim Sullivan children and
fter eight years of relentless at- continuously
tacks on reproductive rights, it been under
is impossible to overstate the attack, and
relief with which advocates welcomed place it, along
the election of Barack Obama. His ad- with abortion
ministration acted decisively to reverse rights, at the
some of the most damaging reproduc- center of the
tive policies of the Bush era. agenda.
Equally promising is the access this The emer-
administration has provided, not just gence of a
to traditional players, but to previously dynamic
marginalized voices from the reproduc- and growing
tive justice movement. Inviting represen- reproduc-
tatives from the National Latina Institute tive justice
for Reproductive Health, the National movement is
Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, the most sig-
Black Women for Reproductive Justice, nificant de-
Sistersong Women of Color Reproductive velopment in
Health Collective and the National Network reproductive
of Abortion Funds to meet with the transi- politics since
tion team and later, administration officials, the 1970s.
was significant practically and symbolically The repro-
in terms of legitimizing this movement. ductive jus-
These meetings placed a spotlight tice agenda
on the reproductive health and rights is the first to
needs of diverse, but too often ignored, prioritize the
constituencies – poor and low income experiences
women, immigrants, women in prison, and needs
women with HIV and AIDS. Although of the most
such needs are central to the ways in vulnerable.
which women of color think about repro- For example, Abuelita de mi Vida by Favianna Rodriguez, www.favianna.com
ductive rights, they have not traditionally the justice ap-
been part of the mainstream pro-choice proach to abortion advocacy focuses on prohibiting federal Medicaid funding for
agenda. Further, reproductive justice access, not just the legal right. Rescinding abortion – a back-burner issue for the pro-
advocates recognize that the right to have the Hyde Amendment, the legislation
continued on page three
Grantees Changing the World / p. 2 l Front Lines: South Dakota / p. 4 l Health Care Connects / p. 7 l Meet RESIST Grantees / p. 8
From the Editor’s Desk: Towards Justice
T he brutal murder of Kansas abor-
tion provider Dr. George Tiller has
brought the long-running controversy
physical, mental, and spiritual well-being
of women and girls.
South Dakota has been an abortion
Favianna Rodriguez’s painting, Abuel-
ita de mi Vida, anchors the front page of
this issue. Favianna created this piece
over reproductive and abortion rights battleground over the past few years, to commemorate the life of her grand-
back into the spotlight. In this issue of the as anti-choice activists have attempted mother, a single mother, woman of color
RESIST Newsletter, we look at a range of to use ballot measures to ban all abor- and immigrant, and to thank her for her
issues regarding reproductive justice and tions except in the most extreme circum- love and tenacity.
the role RESIST grantees and allies play stances. In 2006 and 2008 voters nar- May the spirit of Abuelita move us
in maintaining access to these important rowly defeated two bans at the ballot toward a stronger movement, one that
forms of health care. box. South Dakota NARAL, a RESIST ensures that women and girls have the
Mia Kim Sullivan and Marlene Gerber grantee, can take significant credit economic, social, and political power
Fried lay out an overview of the concept for those victories, as they have been and resources to make healthy deci-
of “reproduc- engaged in on-the-ground organizing sions about our bodies, sexuality and
tive justice” in the state for years. In “On the Front reproduction for our-
in their lead Lines in South Dakota” (page 4), Casey selves, our families and
article. There Murschel describes their work. our communities.
they provide Abortion access has played a role in
a framework the national conversation around health Christy Pardew is the
for looking at care reform, and in her article, “Health RESIST Newsletter Editor.
that these is- Care Reform and Abortion Rights” (page
sues in a way 7), Abby Scher reveals what one Wiscon-
This image by Taring Padi, the that envisions sin group is doing to ensure reproductive
radical Indonesian print collec-
the complete access stays on the table.
tive, celebrates women’s freedom.
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The Struggle for Reproductive Justice
Photo courtesy of SPARK
continued from page one
choice movement – is in the foreground for
reproductive justice advocates.
Although the reproductive justice
analysis has only been developed in
the last decade, women of color have
historically made the connections, tak-
ing as their starting point resistance to
oppressive policies and conditions which
have shaped their individual lives and
communities. Disproportionate rates of
poverty and unemployment, a lack of
access to health care services and infor-
mation, and high incidences of violence
create poor health outcomes and constrict
reproductive options. The activism of
women of color addresses such realities,
by redefining reproductive rights and
emphasizing the need to achieve the One in three women in the U.S. have abortions; although 1/3 rely on government-funded health
services for reproductive health care, 33 out of 50 states refuse to pay for abortions. Above, Mia
broad set of conditions necessary for
Mingus, Co-Executive Director of SPARK Reproductive Justice Now!, vigils in Georgia.
reproductive and sexual freedom.
The reproductive justice analysis pro- You could be pro-choice and against abortion rights. The opposition has built
vides an expansive understanding of re- government funding; you could be pro- a movement inspired by a holistic, con-
productive freedom in which race, class, choice and against abortion; you could be servative vision of gender roles, family
gender and cultural aspects of women’s/ pro-choice and against welfare; you could and sexuality. Countering the forces on
people’s lives are inextricably tied. This be pro-choice and for population control. the Right requires us to build a similarly
intersectional and holistic political ap- While in the short run this approach may broad-based movement. While “choice”
proach locates reproductive rights and have drawn allies from the Right, it has is not adequately compelling to mobilize
health as part of the struggle for human left a legacy of political division. such a movement, reproductive justice is.
rights and social justice. Reproductive Women of color and their radical We face formidable challenges, however,
justice is not a list; it is a lens through white allies have been in the forefront and not just from conservatives.
which we can look at all issues related to of the critique, arguing that the choice
our reproductive lives. Consequently, it is agenda reflects neither the diversity Current Political Obstacles
an expanding political agenda that allows of women’s reproductive experiences Galvanized by the elections, attacks
reproductive rights activists to continually nor the range of issues that comprise on abortion have escalated. In Congress
connect with new allies and incorporates reproductive freedom. They knew that opponents of abortion are determined to
new issues. The approach contrasts sharply “choice” does not speak to women who prohibit abortion coverage in health care
with traditional choice politics. must struggle to meet their basic survival reform and are mobilizing their forces.
needs, for whom, all too often, both moth- The anti-abortion movement continues
From Choice to Justice erhood and abortion are out of reach. to push for restrictive laws at the state
Since the late 1970s, the dominant Casting abortion as a matter of choice level to limit abortion access.
frame for reproductive rights has been only reinforces the disparity between the And despite the important gains noted
individual choice, and defending the predominantly white and middle class at the beginning of this article, we are not
legal right to abortion the sole priority. women who were seen as the champions of as far along as advocates had hoped after
The language and ideology of choice abortion rights and the low income women electing a pro-choice president and gain-
and privacy replaced women’s rights and women of color who bear the brunt ing a Democratic majority in both houses
and even abortion rights. This approach of restrictions. By perpetuating racial and of Congress. By not asking Congress to
was adopted in hopes that it would have class divisions in the movement, the choice rescind the prohibition on public funding
wider appeal and expand the base of framework weakened the ability to resist of abortion, and appearing to accept the
support for legal abortion, encompass- threats and secure rights never achieved. status quo, Obama perpetuates health care
ing even those who were conservative A singular focus on abortion is not disparities by failing to pursue access and
on issues of social and economic welfare. adequate even as a way of protecting continued on page six
RESIST Newsletter, September-October 2009 3
On the Front Lines in South Dakota
Attempts to criminalize nearly all abortions fail twice
By Casey Murschel the freedom to make personal reproduc- State legislators are not the only
tive choices have not been dissuaded by elected officials who ignore the message
I n 2006 and 2008, anti-choice activists
in South Dakota attempted to pass
legislation that would criminalize nearly
a vote of the people. Those who advance
an agenda that promotes abstinence-only,
“contraceptives are pesticides,” “we want
sent by the voters. Recently our office
received a call from a distraught father.
His 17-year-old daughter was pregnant
all abortions. Although right-wing orga- more babies” agenda and, after thoughtful
nizers from across the nation assumed continue to press for deliberation with her
South Dakota was a “pro-life” state and further restrictions on
One positive result of family, she made the
would be an easy target from which to women’s reproductive the successful abortion decision to terminate
launch their attacks on Roe v Wade, they rights, services and op- ban battles has been the pregnancy. Her fam-
failed both times. tions in South Dakota.
raised awareness for ily supported her and
Polling prior to the attempted abor- For example, within her father traveled with
tion bans in 2006 and 2008 indicated the three months of the de- some South Dakotans. her to Sioux Falls for the
need for extensive public education, and feat of the most recent Pe o p l e a r e s t a r t i n g procedure. The appoint-
groups like ours, NARAL Pro-Choice abortion ban, a bill was to question the anti- ment was only a few
South Dakota, have helped organize introduced that would days away when he was
visible and growing campaigns for re- have made the process
choice rhetoric. notified that the state’s
productive justice. That both bans were of obtaining an abor- attorney in their county
solidly defeated is evidence of a success- tion far more difficult than at present. As was attempting to intervene.
ful effort to inform South Dakotans about it is, there is only one clinic in South Da- This was clearly an effort to “stall”
the consequences of such intrusive public kota that offers abortion services. Doctors abortion services, since the young woman
policy efforts. In the privacy of the ballot fly in from out of state one day a week to was far enough along in her pregnancy
booth, fifty-five percent of South Dakotan provide patients with abortion care. The that any delay of her appointment would
voters rejected banning abortion in South new bill would have required doctors make it too late to receive abortion ser-
Dakota – twice. to provide two-hour consultations with vices in South Dakota. With only a couple
each patient scheduled for of hours before the hearing was to begin,
The fight continues an abortion the following we were able to reach those who could
– and it’s personal day– regardless assist with legal advice on this matter.
One would think that af- of whether This was a blatant attempt by one politi-
ter two decisive defeats at the patient cian to intervene in this young woman’s
the ballot box, oppres- would at- personal and private decision. Luckily,we
sors of women’s tend the were able to help in time and the state’s
reproductive consulta- attorney was not successful.
rights would tion. The
get the intent of Questions lead to action
message. the bill One positive result of the successful
South Da- was to ban abortion ban battles has been raised
kotans do abortion awareness for some South Dakotans.
not want in South People are starting to question the anti-
the state to Dakota by choice rhetoric.
interfere making People are questioning at the public
in person- it impos- level. For example, when the anti-abor-
al private sible for tion “Crisis Pregnancy Center” printed
reproduc- the clinic an ad in the Sioux Falls School District’s
tive health to bring Directory that was distributed to grades
decisions. in physi- K through 12 by the schools, concerned
Unfor- cians. The community members contacted their
t u n a t e l y, bill was Sioux Falls School Board members and
t h o s e defeated District personnel to voice their disap-
who seek in commit- proval. The ad announced “Abortion
to deny tee by just Hurts Women” across the page. Com-
women one vote. continued on page five
Image by Rini Templeton, www.riniart.org
4 RESIST Newsletter, September-October 2009
On the Front Lines in South Dakota rights climate in South Dakota requires
continued from page four action. To become a state in which all
reproductive choices are respected and
munity members opposed both the all reproductive choices are safe, afford-
sensitive nature of the subject matter able and accessible to all women, South
and the blatant political messaging. Dakotans have to speak up.
The School District responded that the Conversations can effect change. South
ad was at the publisher’s discretion to Dakota law allows pharmacists to refuse
print. People took the time to contact to dispense contraceptives, and attempts
the School Board members individually. to change the law have been unsuccess-
It made a difference: prior to the next ful. NARAL South Dakota’s project to im-
School Board meeting, the board issued prove access to emergency contraception,
a public statement apologizing for their however, has shown modest improve-
“lapse” and committing to “do better ment since we began two years ago. The
work in the future.” percentage of retail pharmacies in South
Photo courtesy of www.basetree.com
People are questioning the legality and Dakota that stock Plan B, a single dose
influence of certain private institutions as emergency contraception, has increased
well. Not unsually, a family mistakenly from 61% to 64%. One of the pharma-
contacted a “Crisis Pregnancy Center” in cists that previously didn’t stock Plan
Sioux Falls to inquire about abortion ser- B reported that it was NARAL’s survey
vices. The Center told call that caused him to
South Dakota attempted to enact arguably the
them that the woman Supporting women’s re- think more carefully
most severe abortion restrictions in all of the
was required by law about the women who
to receive counseling
productive rights is about might need access to United States, but bans in 2006 and 2008 failed at
the ballot box. Polls have shown that voters want
before an abortion more than rejecting abor- emergency contracep- the legislature to focus on pregnancy prevention.
and that they needed tion bans. Reproductive tion, and he decided
to come to the Cen-
rights include the full range to go ahead and stock consistently positive. Participants gain
ter right away to re- and dispense Plan B. confidence in their ability to articulate
ceive their mandatory of reproductive choices, Changing attitudes their positions.
counseling. While in including accessible and one person at a time Supporting women’s reproductive
the car on their way to affordable contraception. may seem an impos- rights is about more than rejecting abor-
the Center, the family sible task, but not if tion bans. Reproductive rights include
decided to make one enough people are the full range of reproductive choices,
more call, this time to our office, to find having these conversations. Our “Talking including accessible and affordable
out if what they had been told was ac- about Choice” workshops provide infor- contraception. In addition to our work
curate. We told them it was not. mation and communication skills train- on emergency contraception, we have
Raising awareness is a start, but ing to help people find their voice. No two begun a program to educate the public
changing the oppressive reproductive groups are the same, but the feedback is about contraceptive equity. The majority
of families in South Dakota depend on
their employers for health insurance, and
Plan to Resist
a guarantee that their drug plan could not
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RESIST Newsletter, September-October 2009 5
The Struggle for Reproductive Justice and prevention instead of increasing namic and inclusive vision for moving us
continued from page three access further compounds the problem. forward. Because it is connected to other
The anti-abortion movement is standing health, human rights and social justice
justice for women who are low-income and its ground as it aggressively pursues its movements, this broad and inclusive vi-
poor, and all women who depend on the agenda. In the past, sion of reproductive
federal government for their healthcare. our side has not done freedom provides an
There has also been a recurrence of the same. Instead, it opportunity to bring
deadly political violence. This spring, Dr. has defined political new allies to the abor-
George Tiller became the eighth person goals by what was tion rights struggle.
involved in abortion care to be murdered winnable in the short We therefore hope
by an opponent of abortion. We are out- run, rather than by a that reproductive
raged and frightened not just by these long term vision. justice will become
acts, but also by the continuing use of T h e r e p r o d u c t i ve the central frame for
extremist language by those who claim justice movement reproductive rights
to be “pro-life.” And we are saddened makes a profound organizing in the U.S.,
that even among some supporters of legal political shift both in because it is the right
abortion, Dr. Tiller’s assassination has terms of power, but thing to do and the
spurred discussion on the strategic costs also in terms of vi- only way to win.
of protecting later term abortion. sion and strategies. On April 9-11,
When Dr. Tiller was shot and killed, Thinking of abor- 2010, our organiza-
some of our staff drafted a statement to tion as separate from tion, the Civil Liber-
ask our local community to reflect on the all the other repro- ties and Public Policy
place of abortion in our society; our own ductive health needs Chicano artist Juan R. Fuentes created this Program, will host
poster for the Alliance Against Women’s Oppres-
understandings, feelings and values; and of women and their sion and the 1985 World Women’s Conference. our 24th national con-
how as a community we could hope to families makes it and ference, “From Abor-
move together beyond fear even as our the women who seek abortions, and the tion Rights to Social Justice: Building the
individual judgments remain (and will doctors who provide them, vulnerable, Movement for Reproductive Freedom.”
remain) so polarized and divisive. too easily singled out for threats, in- In recent years, this event has brought
More than 36 years after Roe, abortion timidation and violence – “demonized,” over 1000 young and new activists in
rights remain an unfulfilled promise for like Dr. Tiller, as something outside our reproductive and sexual rights, peace and
thousands of women; and despite the community. In our small town, everyone security, youth liberation, environmental
fact that one in three women have abor- knows who and where the OBGYN and justice, disability rights, economic justice,
tions, women seeking services are still pediatrician practices are, the locations immigrant rights, freedom from violence
burdened by secrecy and shame. This is the for free condoms and needle exchanges. and other social justice causes together to
other side’s triumph: the legacy of the clinic But why don’t we know who provides strategize, celebrate, inspire and learn from
bombings, terror and rhetoric. But it is also abortion services? each other. Reconvening each year has fu-
a consequence of advocacy on our side that Building the reproductive justice eled new activism and reaffirmed our sense
has not affirmed abortion and women. movement is our best hope for restoring of the depth of our community and com-
Recent efforts by Obama and other what has been lost, meeting new attacks, mitment to each other – both critical when,
Democratic leaders to defuse the abortion and gaining the full array of reproductive as now, we see the political compromises
debate by focusing on abortion reduction freedoms we never had. It is the most dy- on the table, and who has put them there.
Marlene Gerber Fried and Mia Kim Sulli-
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Health Care Reform and Abortion Rights
Grassroots groups mobilize to keep access on the national agenda
By Abby Scher we encouraged our activists to write let- So what does she do? “Saturate the
ters to their papers. We arranged a visit message of truth out there.” That means
B ecause the national press and health
care reformers were initially silent
about whether the new health care
with [Senator] Herb Kohl at his Madison
office and we also did outreach to folks
in [Congressman] Dave Obey’s district,“
firing up multiple information streams
at once – through new tools like Twitter
and Facebook, but also with letters to the
program would cover abortions, prolife said Executive Director Lisa Subeck. editor and legislator contact.
and Christian Right groups had a blank “We have lots of single payer groups “It’s something for someone in your
slate on which to write their warnings out here, so we’ve worked with them to town, whose kids go to school with your
that people’s tax money would pay for put out a ‘women’s health matters’ mes- kids, to say it over and over and get a let-
abortions. Their campaign against the sage at the rallies,” she said. ter in the local paper. This is something
plan because it would (hopefully) cover Subeck comes from a background as the Right has done very well.
abortions was as vigorous as the cam- an anti-poverty organizer, and working “Even in towns where there is a strong
paign against “death panels” promoting with the grassroots is the favorite part of her right-wing presence, there is a strong
euthanasia of the elderly. job as executive director. (“ That’s a glamor- left-wing presence. Liberals don’t sit back
The anti-abortion Right has succeeded ous title for the only paid staffperson!”) and say, ‘I live in a conservative city’ and
since the 1970s in blocking Medicaid Wisconsin is a particular challenge shut up. They are out there. Some of that
funding of abortions for poor women, because it is a very polarized state politi- polarization makes for a great debate.”
Native American women using the Indian cally. Madison is known for its progres- We’ll see whether Wisconsin Right
Health Service and women in federal pris- sive politics, but it is also home to the anti-im- to Life, with its message “Stop Rationed
ons – before the Hyde Amendment of 1976 migrant Congressman James Sensenbrenner Care & Taxpayer Funded Abortion” or
Medicaid paid for one third of all abortions and a very vigorous anti-abortion Right. NARAL Wisconsin wins the last word.
– so the activists know their power to disen- “Their tactics are based on fear monger-
franchise women from this procedure. ing. They’ve mastered the art of trying to scare Abby Scher is a sociologist and editor
The plan as it unfolds has as many folks who believe strongly in something,” she of The Public Eye, Political Research
contortions as an acrobat and at this said. “When the other side is totally distorting Associate’s quarterly on the U.S. Right.
point allows people to opt into a plan the truth, it gives us a tough fight.” She serves on RESIST’s Advisory Board.
that covers abortions but have it paid
for by premiums rather than tax money.
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are poor, homeless or at-risk, working, fect long-term social change in Missouri. Tennessee, where the Y12 Plant manufac-
unemployed and people who have been tures thermonuclear secondaries for the
pushed to the side by society. They or- Bring urban Recycling to W76 warhead—the secondary is the highly
ganize around voting rights, housing, Nashville today (BuRNt) explosive part that turns an atomic bomb
homelessness, health care, family rights 217 Silo Court, Nashville, Tennessee into a thermonuclear bomb. OREPA uses
and criminal injustice, while they work to 37221. www.burnt-tn.org nonviolent action and education to work to
promote self-esteem, leadership develop- end nuclear weapons production.
ment and systemic social change. BURNT works to promote a toxic-free A $2,500 grant from RESIST will enable
A grant of $3,000 will aid Arise for environment for Nashville and the sur- OREPA to step up its work in the face of De-
Social Justice’s work to build the political rounding areas by promoting recycling, partment of Energy plans to build a new, $3
power to impact the systems that influ- pesticide reform and citizen activism billion bomb plant at Y12 that will produce
ence and control people’s lives. within the governmental process. BURNT nuclear weapons for another century.
8 RESIST Newsletter, September-October 2009