Blog Watch: Abortion Gang


This is awesome. A group of kick-ass folks in the reproductive justice movement have created a new blog, Abortion Gang, and I think it looks incredible. More info:

We are unapologetic activists for reproductive justice.
We are Jewish, Christian, atheist, Muslim, Wiccan, secular. We are mixed race, African-American, Latina, White, bi-racial. We are completing a graduate degree, we didn’t finish high school. We have had abortions, children, miscarriages. We have IUDs and we use rhythm beads. We work in reproductive health and we twitter about being #prochoice. We call ourselves feminists, womanists, womyn, wimmin, grrls, women. We are cis gender, we are trans women, we’re gender queer. We have sex with anything that moves, we are abstinent, we are poly amorous.
And we stand for choice.
This is our space to talk about what drives, inspires, and challenges us, what renews our passion for reproductive justice, what makes us outraged, and our ideas to keep the movement going forward.

Make sure to check it out.

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6 Comments

  1. firstripegrapes
    Posted March 19, 2010 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the shout out! If anyone wants to participate, feel free to email me at info [AT] iamdrtiller [DOT] com.

  2. EAMD
    Posted March 19, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    A million thanks for sharing this.

  3. LN80
    Posted March 20, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Whatever I see the phrase “reproductive justice” sprinkled into articles/analyses/etc. that are really all about abortion, I think of this passage from Sistersong’s foundational document on “Understanding Reproductive Justice:”
    “[O]ur fear is that they will not fully integrate the intersectional, human rights based approach Sistersong promotes, but merely substitute the phrase ‘reproductive justice’ where previously they said ‘pro-choice.’ If this is allowed to happen, this will be a significant setback because reproductive justice will be watered down to where it is conflated with the previous pro-choice paradigm and lose its potential for building new movement.”
    You can read the document in full, here (opens into pdf): http://www.sistersong.net/publications_and_articles/Understanding_RJ.pdf
    I hope that founders of the “abortion gang” will re-think using the language of reproductive justice when the language seems to reflect that this site is about being “pro-choice” on abortion.

  4. southern students for choice
    Posted March 20, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    We got in today action alerts from several national pro-choice groups regarding health care reform, basically that the House leadership will very soon (it’s implied maybe today) make a a deal with anti-choice Democrats, possibly allowing them to add highly restrictive anti-choice (abortion related) language to the health reform bill.
    Please check with your favorite national pro-choice group for specifics, but a great deal can be gleaned from these articles and others in these papers (all are articles from today):
    House Democrats seeking executive order on abortion funding
    By Lori Montgomery, Paul Kane and Ben Pershing
    Washington Post Staff Writers
    Obama Rallies Democrats in Final Push for Health Bill
    By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN and CARL HULSE
    New York Times
    House leaders shift strategy on healthcare vote
    By Noam N. Levey and Michael Muskal
    Los Angeles Times
    Frenzied push for health care bill
    Abortion one issue as House vote nears
    By Susan Milligan, Boston Globe staff
    Focus should be on the following:
    House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer
    (202) 225-4131
    http://hoyer.house.gov
    House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn
    (202)225-3315
    http://clyburn.house.gov
    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
    (202) 225-0100
    http://speaker.house.gov/
    Thanks should go to the Pro-Choice Caucus chairs for their help in trying to stall or prevent anti-choice language from being incorporated in the bill:
    U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette
    (202) 225-4431
    http://degette.house.gov
    Rep. Louise M. Slaugher
    (202) 225-3615
    http://www.louise.house.gov
    And also President Obama, to encourage him to back House Democrats who are trying to keep anti-choice language out of the bill:
    President Barack Obama
    (202) 456-1111
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact
    For details on what you might say, check with your favorite national pro-choice group with a bigger budget than we have to follow all the details:
    National Organization for Women
    NARAL Pro-Choice America
    Planned Parenthood Public Affairs / Action Center
    Thanks!

  5. Abortioneers
    Posted March 22, 2010 at 12:07 am | Permalink

    I’m so glad you said this! I often feel the same way and worry that the term is going to be simply find&replaced to no real effect.
    However!
    I do think it’s possible to have a blog that’s “all about abortion” but do so from a RJ framework. Very frequently individuals have expertise in one area of the RJ spectrum — birth advocates are another example, or sex educators, or people who work to get drug-addicted parents healthy and parenting again — and should not be expected to be experts on all the other pieces of the puzzle as well. Rather, their responsibility is to contextualize their specific field in RJ, and vice versa. So I wouldn’t dismiss an effort out of hand simply because it talks about reproductive justice but focuses on abortion!
    Of course I speak from writing for one such blog, but I don’t think that makes it less valid. Let’s wait and see how abortiongang works with RJ!
    -placenta sandwich, of the abortioneers (tried to sign in but it’s not working tonight)

  6. Abortioneers
    Posted March 22, 2010 at 12:11 am | Permalink

    Hi y’all – would you like to add our blog to the linklist? The Abortioneers is another group blog, written by people who’ve worked in various aspects of direct service in abortion care – counseling, procedures, funding, etc. It’s sometimes hard to strike a balance between “informing / dispelling myths” and “safe space for colleagues,” but we try.
    The ranks of abortiony bloggers seem to be growing this past year or so, and we’re super excited to have the company :) Thank you for spreading the word!

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