Reproductive justice is in a tenuous state. The recent confirmation of anti-abortion Justice Amy Coney Barrett into the Supreme Court in the United States; allegations of forced sterilizations at ICE detention centres at the US southern border; the New Brunswick government's refusal to fund out-of-hospital abortions—these are just a few of the pressing reproductive justice issues at stake today. As more and more barriers are thrown up to block safe and free access to reproductive healthcare, activists continue to fight for reproductive justice, placing it squarely at the intersection of anti-colonial, anti-racist work.
This is everyone’s issue. The reading list below pulls on diverse voices in the fight for reproductive justice, from its history in Toronto to critical calls to action throughout North America.
Historian Ian Radforth brings to life an era in which abortion was illegal, criminal proceedings were a spectator sport, and coded advertisements for back-alley procedures ran in the margins of newspapers. Part gripping procedural, part meticulous autopsy, Jeannie’s Demise opens a rare window into the hidden history of a woman’s right to choose.
Fired Up about Reproductive Rights
Decades after abortion was legalized and decriminalized in Canada, the US, and the UK, why are we still fighting for reproductive rights? Shattering the myth that the battle for reproductive rights has already been won, Fired Up about Reproductive Rights shows us the many ways our reproductive lives remain subject to state control. Engaging with the reproductive justice framework advanced by women of colour, Jane Kirby presents the fight for reproductive rights as contingent with other social justice issues.
With women’s anger, empowerment, and the critical importance of intersectional feminism taking center stage in much of the dialogue happening in feminist spaces right now, an anthology like this has never been more important. This anthology is for seasoned feminists and young feminists alike—anyone looking to find inspiration in radical activism, creativity, healing, and more.
Following the U.S. Congress’s attempts to defund Planned Parenthood, the hashtag #ShoutYourAbortion became a viral conduit for abortion storytelling. Shout Your Abortion is a collection of photos, essays, and creative work inspired by the movement of the same name. This book illustrates the profound liberatory and political power of defying shame and claiming sole authorship of our experiences.
The right to parent is a pillar of the Reproductive Justice framework. This anthology places marginalized mothers of color at the center of a world of necessary transformation. Revolutionary Mothering is a movement-shifting anthology committed to birthing new worlds, full of faith and hope for what we can raise up together.
The Fight for Adoption Disclosure and the Search for My Son
Marilyn Churley, former member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, was engaged in the long and difficult battle to reform adoption disclosure laws in Ontario. Both a personal and political story, Shameless is a powerful memoir about a mother’s struggle with loss, love, secrets, and lies—and an adoption system shrouded in shame.