Episode 7: United FOR Choice
As states in the US move to restrict abortion following the Roe v Wade overturn, pro-choice activists, are moving just as fast in designing creative ways to ensure access to abortion access for all people – regardless of what state they live in. Whether it be codifying abortion protections into law, passing decriminalization policy at the city level, or mobilizing communities to share resources — grassroots organizers are making waves. We follow organizers far and wide- from Kansas to Texas to Arizona – to see how they get the job done.
As states in the US move to restrict abortion following the overturn of Roe v Wade, pro-choice activists, are moving just as fast in designing creative ways to ensure abortion access for all. In the Rio Grande Valley, we follow local organizers as they package emergency contraception for residents and form new coalitions to guarantee access across a large state with few resources. In Arizona, we follow Natacha Chavez, who is working to codify abortion rights protections in her state. In Kansas, community leaders galvanize voters to oppose a ballot amendment that would ban abortion. Grassroots organizers across the country continue to mobilize by activating their communities in any way they can – pushing back against bans and innovating.
Special thanks to South Texans for Reproductive Justice; Frontera Fund, Rockie Gonzalez, and the R.E.D. Moon Project; Representative Sharice Davids, Kansans for Constitutional Freedom, Emily Wales and the team at Planned Parenthood Great Plains, Susan Martin and Adam Mclain, Natacha Chavez and Amelia; and Rachel Fey and the team at Power to Decide. Some names and voices were changed to protect identities. Special thanks to all those who have shared their stories with us. .
Go to AbortionFinder.org to get up-to-date information on where to access an abortion. Go to Plan C Pills to learn how to access abortion pills. Explore National Abortion Funds to inquire about funding support and Planned Parenthood’s Ban Off our Bodies to get involved.
This podcast is brought to you by Population Media Center. Executive Producers are Lisa Caruso and Alex Demyanenko, with Co-Producer Kathleen Bedoya and Associate Producer Dominica Ruelas. This episode was field produced by Ron Fent, Joanna Friedman, and Eric Vasquez. Edited by Bruno Falcon with production services provided by Pidge Productions. Production coordination is by June Neely. Charity Tooze leads impact strategy. The narration is read by Tatiana St. Phard. Original music is composed by Valeri Ortiz.