In early June, I had the privilege of traveling to Austin, TX to facilitate a Pregnancy Options Workshop with some incredible activists and providers from Texas abortion funds, clinics, and allied organizations. More than 20 people spent their Saturday learning about abortion, adoption, and … [Read more...] about An Inside Look at Our Pregnancy Options Workshops
Ever wonder what it's like at our All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center? Check out this short film by director Yoruba Richen, featured on New York Magazine's The Cut! … [Read more...] about All-Options: the first full-spectrum pregnancy center in the U.S.!
by Gretchen Sisson The reproductive justice movement has never just been about abortion – indeed, one of the biggest contributions of reproductive justice is to push the pro-choice movement beyond abortion, to remind all of us that people's reproductive lives have been denied to them, controlled, … [Read more...] about “I want in”: Bringing adoption into reproductive justice
This post is the third in a three-part discussion of adoption research featured at the Adoption Initiative’s conference. (Check out Part I and Part II) After the plenary sessions, the conference had some surprising moments. For example, one panelist spoke passionately from her personal experience … [Read more...] about Race, Religion, and Rescue in Adoption (Part III: Surprises and Takeaways)
What do we mean when we say “birth mother”? The answer might seem very self-evident: it means we’re talking about a woman whose child was placed for adoption. Yet, language is a very important tool, not just in conveying truths, but in constructing them – and this is part of the reason why the … [Read more...] about What do we mean when we say “birth mother”?
This post is the second in a three-part discussion of adoption research featured at the Adoption Initiative’s conference. The second plenary speaker, Jae Ran Kim (social worker, researcher, and blogger formerly known as Harlow's Monkey), opened with the story of her adoption. Or, as she called it, … [Read more...] about Race, Religion, and Rescue in Adoption (Part II: Starfish and Dragons)
by Natasha Dear Daughter, I never gave you up. I gave you a chance at better life than what I could provide for you, as your mother. I have always loved you, even before I knew you, I savored our time together in pregnancy. And ever since, it has been a personal joy for me to spend time with … [Read more...] about Dear Daughter
I recently attended the Adoption Initiative’s biennial conference, “Race, Religion, and Rescue in Adoption.” Even as a committed reproductive justice advocate, adoption is a fairly new topic to me. I fully acknowledge that I knew little about adoption beyond the broad stereotypes about who places … [Read more...] about Race, Religion, and Rescue in Adoption: Thoughts on the Adoption Initiative’s 7th Biennial Conference (Part I)