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

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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

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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

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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…


by Maggie Marsh

Courtesy of Maryland Matters

Reproductive justice is intrinsically linked to environmental justice because the effects of climate change and environmental pollution limit pregnant people’s freedom to choose if and when to become pregnant and their rights to be pregnant and raise families in a safe and healthy environment. Low-income communities, communities of color, and immigrants are most adversely impacted by irresponsible and harmful environmental policies and often reside in areas which are more vulnerable to the effects of climate change.


by Brittney Ehlers

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The Title X program has been an essential federal program providing contraceptive and reproductive health services for over 50 years. It is the only federally funded family planning program in the United States and provides essential, low-cost contraceptive methods and reproductive health care to millions of people nationwide.

However, in recent years the Title X program has been under attack. The Trump Administration finalized the 2019 Final Rule initially promulgated under the Reagan Administration that placed tighter restrictions on all grantees under the program. This “gag rule” prohibited providers from offering resources or referrals to abortion-related services…


by Shay Upadhyay

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Before joining the intern team at the NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland Fund, I had no idea how deceptive crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) could be. CPCs are often masked behind the word “clinic” to give the impression that they are authorized to provide legitimate medical services and advice. In reality, most CPCs are nonprofit organizations with the primary mission to dissuade people from having abortions and certain forms of contraceptives. As the vast majority of these centers are not legitimate healthcare facilities, CPCs are exempt from the regulatory, licensure, and credentialing oversight that applies to real health care facilities…


by Manuela Reveiz

Credit: Teen Vogue

Important distinction: While both sex work and sex trafficking involve prostitution by definition, sex work entails a willing engagement in commercial sex, while sex trafficking involves force, coercion, or deceit. Some enter the industry willingly as sex workers, but may eventually become victims of trafficking. Maryland is no exception, and is uniquely situated to be a hot spot for human trafficking due to its population density; access to domestic, interstate, and international travel; and socioeconomic diversity.

Recent events have made me look back and reassess my thoughts on sex work. On March 16, 2021, eight people, Daoyou…

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