By Diana Philip

Montgomery County Media

Anyone who has taken a road trip understands and appreciates the benefit of cruise control. When confronted with an open road and many miles to cross, putting a car in an autopilot of sorts eases travel-related tension. One can comfortably take in the sights, enjoy the company of traveling companions, or the harmony of music. While cruise control is a requirement for many drivers, it is disastrous when it comes to politics and organizing.

But unfortunately, whenever the White House is controlled by a Democrat, there is a tendency by those on the left, including donors and…


by Jordan Jenkins

www.marylandmythbusters.com

Due to historical defamation of contraception and abortion, there still remains unfounded misconceptions about long–term birth control use, as well as abortion care. I’m sure you’ve heard some outlandish story about why someone refuses to take birth control or why they are anti-choice. An individual’s decision to take or not to take a form of birth control or to have or not to have an abortion is entirely their own and should come with no judgment. That said, the absurd discussions surrounding the supposed dangers of birth control and abortion are destructive to reproductive health care. …


by Shay Upadhyay

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All people, regardless of body shapes and types, deserve non-judgmental medical treatment and care that compassionately supports their life decisions. Unfortunately, this is not the reality for many people who identify as fat or obese. Stories of medical discrimination against people who are considered fat, obese, and/or overweight are widespread in the United States. Patients who are overweight may be subjected to condescending lectures from their doctors about losing weight, no matter the type of medical screening. People who identify as fat or obese are more reluctant to go to the doctor for these reasons.

One-third of…


by Riya Seth

Dreamstime

Reproductive justice cannot be achieved without comprehensive health education programs. The reproductive justice movement advocates for rights to create a spectrum of reproductive decisions free of coercion and financial or social barriers. Education, particularly health and sex education, is essential in order for people to make informed decisions about their reproductive choices.

Currently, many K-12 students lack access to comprehensive health and sex education, which is necessary to make informed health and reproductive choices. LGBTQ+ students have even less access to relevant information. …


by Jordan Jenkins

Penguin Random House

For centuries, Black women have been fighting for the right to give or not to give birth, as well as defending their literal wombs against defamation and harm. In 1997, this fight was given a new name: reproductive justice, a term coined by SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective. The procreative liberties of poor Black women have historically been neglected by the reproductive rights movement. This neglect began with the control of Black bodies during slavery and is evident even today through its long lasting effects. …


by Sofia Soraci

Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Although it is only July, 2021 will go on record as the worst legislative year for abortion rights since the U.S. Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade. Within the past 7 months, 90 state restrictions have been enacted. In a few months, the constitutional right to an abortion will once again face a major challenge at the Supreme Court level. This fall, we will learn more from the oral argument of Dobbs v. Mississippi , which calls into question the constitutionality of a pre-viability abortion ban, directly undermining the decision outlined in Roe.

Antiabortion state legislation is…


The Intersection between Disability Rights and Reproductive Justice

by Shay Upadhyay

Getty Images

Pop icon Britney Spears has been subject to a court-imposed conservatorship since 2008. According to the California courts, where Spears resides, a conservatorship is defined as a “court case where a judge appoints a responsible person or organization (called the “conservator”) to care for another adult (called the “conservatee”) who cannot care for himself or herself or manage his or her own finances.” Conservatorships (also referred to as guardianships in some states) can trigger disability rights issues.

Conservatorships are only assigned to people who have been identified by the…


by Shay Upadhyay

The following books, documentaries, and movies have been recommended by NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland Fund staff and interns. Please note that some of the documentaries and movies require a subscription to a streaming service while others remain free to watch online. We encourage you to shop local if purchasing books. Enjoy!

Documentaries

  1. 12th and Delaware
HBO Films

Available on: Amazon Prime, HBO Now (Subscription), HBO Max (Subscription)

Rated: 16+

Runtime: 1 hr 20 min

“One street corner in Fort Pierce, Fla., is home to both a for-profit abortion clinic and a Roman Catholic Church-supported pregnancy clinic whose mission is to prevent…


by Shea Roodberg

John Moore/Getty Images

Reproductive justice is about deciding if and when to have children, having access to quality healthcare and childcare services, parenting with dignity, and being able to exist in safe and supportive communities. Fleeing from one’s home and living as a noncitizen in the United States can cause circumstances that involve several reproductive justice obstacles.

It can be extremely difficult to parent with dignity if a parent or child is detained in an immigration facility. Children who are detained often wait several weeks to be permitted to call to their parents.[1] Family separation can inflict long-term trauma and…


by Isabella Sansanelli

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NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland fights for the reproductive health, rights and justice for all Marylanders, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship status, economic status or any other subsection or group. This work includes ensuring that all immigrants living or staying in Maryland can be pregnant, not be pregnant, and/or parent in safety, good health, and dignity. In the United States, immigrants make up approximately 14% of the population (4.4 million people), and account for 17% of women of reproductive age, as well as 23% of births in the U.S.

Immigrants, regardless of legal status or documentation, face…

NARAL Pro-Choice MD

The political leader of the pro-choice movement in Maryland.

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