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Full-Spectrum Doula Support and Reproductive Justice

Full-Spectrum Doula Support and Reproductive Justice

 Emma O’Brien and Sarah Whedon will present the workshop Full-Spectrum Doula Support at the 21st Biennial Conference of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research at The Center for Women’s Health and Human Rights, June 4-6, 2015, Suffolk University, Boston Learn more about the Boston Doula Project. The cohort of abortion doulas who participated in the Boston Doula Project’s January...
Obvious Child: The Other Taboo

Obvious Child: The Other Taboo

 The recently released rom-com ‘Obvious Child’ has been discussed far and wide for its mature, sensitive and funny approach to the topic of abortion and yet I have not seen one comment on the fact that this movie also makes mainstream (and yes, funny) the topic of cervical mucus. In the opening scene stand-up comedian Donna (played by real-life comedian...
Do You Trust Women?

Do You Trust Women?

Do you see the connections between menstrual health awareness and reproductive justice? At re: Cycling, we sure do, because being critical of how menstruation is regarded (and managed)—from menarche forward—is one way we loosen the social control of women’s bodies. My body, my choice, my whole life long. And that’s exactly what reproductive justice is about—fighting for everyone’s access...

“Abortion is a matter of survival for women”

It was 37 years ago today that the U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, in which the Court held that a woman’s right to an abortion fell within the right to privacy protected by the Fourteenth Amendment. In commemoration of that decision and women’s right to autonomy over personal reproductive decisions, I’m posting some of the newly released...
Penelope Trunk: Telling the truth about women’s lives

Penelope Trunk: Telling the truth about women’s lives

I adore Penelope Trunk. I may not always agree with her, but I always read her column, and I’m glad she exists. Today, she wrote about the backlash she received for this recent tweet: She is a little stunned that there was such an uproar about her tweet: other bloggers wrote posts about the “disgustingness” of it all,...
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