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Fired Up about Reproductive Rights

By Jane Kirby  

Fired Up about Reproductive Rights

$19.95 – Available for purchase on May 10th, 2017

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. From the fight for safe, legal, and accessible abortion services to the fight against coercive sterilization, eugenics, and population control, threats to our reproductive control remain alive and well in our communities. Engaging with the reproductive justice framework advanced by women of colour, the book presents the fight for reproductive rights as contingent with other social justice issues, and forces us to grapple with the weaknesses of the feminist and reproductive rights movement as it exists. Accessible and engaging, this book gives readers the tools to understand–and fight against–contemporary threats to our reproductive rights.

Part of the Fired Up series.

  • Paperback / softback, 140 pages
  • ISBN 9781771132091
  • Coming May 2017


Jane Kirby does a great job critically engaging historical and contemporary concerns of the reproductive rights movement in this primer and shows that the next generation is interested in pushing the conversation forward in an intersectional way.

– Karen Stote, author of An Act of Genocide: Colonialism and the Sterilization of Aboriginal Women in Canada

A fascinating exploration of the myths and facts surrounding reproductive justice and abortion in Canada. Something every activist needs to have in their back pocket.

– Colleen MacQuarrie, University of Prince Edward Island

Kirby helps to move us beyond the privileged concept of being “pro-choice” by framing access to contraception and abortion as human rights issues that are deeply connected to poverty, racism, cissexism, and heterosexism.

– Jessica Shaw, professor of social work and abortion researcher

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Defining Reproductive Issues
Chapter 2 Fighting Illegal Abortion
Chapter 3 Barriers to Abortion Access
Chapter 4 Eugenics and the History of Coercive Sterilization
Chapter 5 Coercive Sterilization Practices Today
Chapter 6 Taking Action: Towards Reproductive Justice

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