Self-Reflection Syllabus to Decolonize Your Feminism

Resources compiled by The National Network of Abortion Funds

It is important to recognize the connections between systems of oppression as we're shifting the conversation about abortion, and ensuring it’s a real option, accessible without shame or judgment and framed within the broader context of life. Whether carrying a pregnancy to term, having an abortion or parenting the children one already has, seeking abortion is one of those moments where folks who are experiencing racism and economic injustices see those forms of oppression magnified.

Communities of color face racial discrimination, and families are fearful for the lives of children harmed and killed by state violence. Schools and housing are divided unjustly, and not all children have the resources to get the comprehensive health care they need, especially as our federal government decimates access to health care for the most vulnerable in our communities. When many of us are not being paid a living wage, when we don’t have paid time off to spend taking care of our well-being and our family’s health, and when we are struggling to make ends meet around every paycheck, we are less able to make pregnancy decisions free from coercion. When families are fully cared for and networks can help care for all, we will be stronger. That’s why it’s so important for a comprehensive vision of justice to include working towards economic, racial, gender, and reproductive justice.

Reproductive justice is a framework and approach started and led by women of color, specifically Black women, because abortion rights or pro-choice framework doesn’t nearly account for the many ways in which institutions, cultural norms, and systems of oppression form an apparatus of control over people’s bodies and decisions, especially for people of color and people affected by economic injustice. We look to SisterSong and other reproductive justice organizations for leadership.

Explore these links, and the multimedia syllabus, below.

 

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Join Us! We're Now Hiring a Paid Intern!

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Women Have Options is seeking a part-time community outreach and practical support intern who will work closely with our Executive Director to help launch our new practical support program, research and implement efficient processes and help with the day to day workings of our small non-profit organization. The Intern will have the opportunity to learn from staff and board members across the organization and have the opportunity to make a real impact on our organization and those we serve.

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Speaking Out Against the 6-Week Abortion Ban

The Ohio House hearings began YET AGAIN on the so-called Heartbeat Bill that would ban abortions at the first detectable fetal heartbeat, typically around 6-weeks. Remember that bait and switch bill Kasich vetoed in December of 2016? Well, Women Have Options testified in strong opposition to this bill (perhaps "strong" isn't a strong enough word...) 

We're flippin' mad. Below is the nicest words we had for the committee.

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Visit Our NEW Online Swag Store

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Proudly show-off your support for abortion access and fund abortion!

Now available at our NEW online swag store- Men of St James Tavern calendars, Feminist Flag Corps "Don't Tread" Uterus flags, buttons, t-shirts, and more! Order by December 14th for holiday delivery and give sweet, sweet #abortionaccess. All orders #fundabortion by supporting Ohio's independent #abortionfund! Visit bit.ly/whoostore to get your swag on!

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Start a FUNdraiser for WHO/O on Giving Tuesday

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Creating a Facebook fundraiser on #GivingTuesday is a great way to raise awareness and funds for WHO/O (and potentially access some sweet, sweet Bill and Melinda Gates matching funds.) Also, all fees are being waved so 100% raised that day goes to WHO/O.

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Celebrating the Life and Legacy of our Friend, Adrienne Gavula

"Adrienne was a waymaker, a visionary, a peacemaker, a warrior. She was fierce.  With her quiet demeanor and loud actions. She was amazing."

- Linda Freeman Walker, Board Member

We are deeply saddened to share with you the unexpected death of our friend Adrienne Gavula, on Saturday, September 2nd, 2017.  Adrienne was an active and vital fundraising volunteer with Women Have Options and from 2012-2016 fiercely served as a member of our board of directors and then as our board chair.  She was so full of life and love for justice. Adrienne dedicated her life to making the world a more just place and will be deeply missed.

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Handmade Handmaids

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We've been asked for a template and instructions for our Handmaid's Tale protest costumes. While the capes are store bought, we designed and handmade each of the bonnets (also called wings) ourselves. Here are the instructions and a template for personal and/or activist use. 

Learn more about #OHhandmaids and what we're protesting here.

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We won't stand idly by.

In case you haven't seen on social media, Women Have Options made international news with a powerful and silent coalition protest at the Ohio State House, as yet another dangerous abortion ban was introduced. This video from Al Jazeera has gone viral with over 600,000 views on Facebook. While lawmakers try and pass legislation to effectively ban abortion after 13 weeks, WHO/O, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio and Planned Parenthood Advocates, were there together to protect Ohioans.

We won't stand idly by; We are continuing to fight. This morning legislators met to hear testimony and vote on Senate Bill 145, which, if passed, would essentially criminalize the dilation and evacuation method (D&E) — the most common and safest method used during most second trimester abortions between 13 and 24 weeks and occasionally after miscarriages. 

Folks seeking abortion care are already being forced to wait longer to get access to care or some forced to travel out of state. If you don't have the resources to travel out of state, or travel two hours to a clinic, you're already kind of like in The Handmaid's Tale — forced to give birth without your consent.

Today we spoke out and shared testimony (below) in opposition to this dangerous bill. We can't continue this fight and our work to make abortion accessible to all who need it without your support. Please consider giving or volunteering.

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Our Statement on Juneteenth

As an abortion fund, our staff and board members understand that racial justice is central to a vision of reproductive justice. We affirm Black humanity and celebrate Black freedom. Thus, we observe the celebration of Juneteenth, which recognizes the day in 1865 when enslaved Blacks in Galveston, Texas learned of their emancipation, two and one-half years after it had been decreed.

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Join us at Comfest

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Do you enjoy local music & food, tie-dye, and progressive politics? This is YOUR opportunity to help us and the Freedom of Choice Ohio Coalition educate our community and community festival attendees about the attacks to reproductive freedom Ohio politicians are considering at the Statehouse.

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