We’re Gonna talk about it Podcast
Episode 5: Get your laws off my body
State legislatures have introduced 516 abortion restrictions, compared to 304 by mid-March 2019. Reproductive rights are ignored time and time again. There has always been a vendetta against women’s bodies to control and maintain power within society. Reproductive rights are human rights, simple as that. Actively including reproductive rights within healthcare plans is vital to the basic living necessities of women.
You guessed it, episode five of “We’re Gonna Talk About It” speaks about the issues of reproductive rights with special guests Leah Montgomery and BreAnna Bemboom from Planned Parenthood, North Central States. Throughout the dialogue, Montgomery and Bemboom will give you a deeper understanding to what reproductive rights entail, opportunities for change, and significantly, how YOU can support this cause.
Guest Spotlight: Leah Montgomery, Director of Government Affairs & Health Finance for Planned Parenthood North Central States (MN, ND, SD).
BreAnna Bemboom, Field Manager for Planned Parenthood North Central States (MN, ND, SD).
Buffie Blesi, Carolyn Pool, and Shanan Custer at Planned Parenthood’s Solidarity Day March
What Can YOU Do?
What are reproductive rights? The International Conference on Population & Development (ICPD) Programme of Action broadly defines reproductive health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, in all matters relating to the reproductive system and to its functions and processes.” Altogether this implies that people should have a safe and satisfying sex life in accordance with making their own decisions for their life in terms of reproduction.
In the words of the PPFA president and CEO, Alexis McGill Johnson, the legislation made in recent years show that this is “about power and control over our bodies…”
Are you fed up with it? You can make your voice heard by writing letters or making calls to your state representatives, voting, hosting a town hall meeting to report where in your community education is needed on this topic, and so much more!
Now, the big question is, why is reproductive health important to you? What part of this pisses you off the most? Let us know in the comments down below! Together, we can continue the fight for reproductive rights and gender equity! Together, we DARE!