People don’t like to talk about abortion. It’s too impolite or too political. Too full of partisan talking points or too divisive.
But if we want things to change, that’s got to change. If abortion access is going to be left to the political process, those of us who care about reproductive freedom have to get engaged. We have to start talking.
Will you help us get the conversation started?
To help spark some ideas, take a look at our handy reference guide that’s full of quick, crucial facts on abortion rights. I know there’s a lot of incorrect information, misinformation, and even disinformation about abortion out there – politicians and anti-abortion activists use this misinformation to twist the narrative. This should help you set the record straight.
Another great way to get the conversation started is to host a movie night. This is a casual, fun way to engage your friends and to get them thinking about abortion access and the freedom to make our own medical decisions. Select a movie from our suggestions below, offer to host the movie night at your house, and have each friend bring a snack or beverage to share.
- “Motherhood By Choice, Not Chance” (Available on Vimeo). This documentary looks at the reproductive justice movement in the US in a historical context while looking at ways in which reproductive justice rights are continually being suppressed.
- “Unpregnant” (Available on Amazon). A 17-year old Missouri teen discovers she has gotten pregnant, a development that threatens to end her dreams of matriculating at an Ivy League college, and the career that will follow.
- “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” (Available on Amazon). After learning that she is unable to get an abortion in Pennsylvania without parental consent, Autumn and her cousin travel across state lines to New York City.
- “The Janes” (Available on HBO Max). This documentary tells the story of how in the pre-Roe v. Wade era, female activists build an underground network for women with unwanted pregnancies and provide low-cost and free illegal abortions to an estimated 11,000 women.
- “Reversing Roe” (Available on Netflix). A look at the decades-long political campaign to try to overturn Roe v. Wade with interviews from abortion rights supporters and opponent.
- “The Abortion Diaries” (Available on Vimeo). In this documentary, 12 women from different backgrounds ranging between the ages of 19 and 54 share their experiences with abortion, sexuality, love, and spirituality.
It takes more than one conversation to change the political landscape around abortion, but a real-life, two-way conversation is the best place to start. Keep talking!
If you’re hosting a movie party, snap some pics and share on them social media. Don’t forget to tag us! We’d love to see what you’re doing – and you could inspire others to take action, too.
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