Decades after abortion was legalized and decriminalized in Canada, the US, and the UK, why are we still fighting for reproductive rights? What is at stake in the fight for safe, legal, and accessible abortion services? And who benefits from our dark legacy of coercive sterilization, eugenics, and population control? Reproductive rights are rights that everyone should be fired up about!
Shattering the myth that the battle for reproductive rights has already been won, Fired Up about Reproductive Rights shows us the many ways our reproductive lives remain subject to state control. Engaging with the reproductive justice framework advanced by women of colour, the book presents the fight for reproductive rights as contingent with other social justice issues, and forces us to grapple with the weaknesses of the feminist and reproductive rights movement as it exists.
Accessible and engaging, this book gives readers the tools to understand—and fight against—contemporary threats to our reproductive rights. Part of the Fired Up series for young adults.
Jane Kirby is a writer and performing artist with a history of working with feminist and social justice organizations. She holds an MA in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University.
“Fired Up about Reproductive Rights brilliantly untangles complexity and presents a clear and accessible primer on reproductive politics. This book is a must-read for young people.” — Ardath Whynacht, youth advocate and professor of sociology, Mount Allison University
“Fired Up about Reproductive Rights is well-written, powerful, and carefully integrates the reproductive justice framework Its easy accessibility and quick reading makes it stand out among books on reproductive rights.” — Loretta Ross, co-founder, SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective
“Kirby’s powerful writing will goad you into action and properly inform your fight. This book is a mobilizing force—a reminder that we’ve come a long way but work remains to be done.” — Kaleigh Trace, author of Hot, Wet and Shaking: How I Learned to Talk about Sex