We Won’t Go Back: Five FP Books about Reproductive Freedom


FP ED Jamia Wilson (yes, that's her 👉🏽 at a 2002 Planned Parenthood protest) has five books for you to read on the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Each has a unique perspective on RJ, from a guidebook from a group of full-spectrum doulas to the memoir of the lawyer who argued #RoeVWade herself.

Read on.

(Photo via getty images.)

(Photo via getty images.)

Radical Reproductive Justice

Edited by Loretta J. Ross, Lynn Roberts, Erika Derkas, Whitney Peoples, and Pamela Bridgewater Toure
Foundations, Theory, Practice, Critique

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The book is as revolutionary and revelatory as it is vast.
— Rewire
Eye-opening… Throughout, the authors’ stories are vivid, absorbing, and informative. A gripping chronicle that will be especially useful for expectant or aspirational mothers.
— Kirkus
The Doulas

Mary Mahoney and Lauren Mitchell
Full spectrum doulas provide support for those confronting life, death, and the sticky in-between.

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A Question of Choice

Sarah Weddington
A powerful memoir about how a twenty-seven-year-old lawyer won Roe v. Wade.

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A milestone. . . . Here she recounts with clarity and fervor the remarkable story of how she, her husband and a few other lawyers, supported by a handful of doctors and pro-choice advocates, researched and prepared briefs invoking the ‘right of privacy’ defense as a main argument to challenge the Texas anti-abortion law.
— Publishers Weekly
Intimate Wars is a fascinating personal narrative told from the epicenter of abortion politics and service delivery. Hoffman illustrates her unwavering commitment to the heart of the issue: the power of every woman to make her own childbearing decisions.
— Gloria Feldt
Intimate Wars

Merle Hoffman 
The Life and Times of the Woman Who Brought Abortion from the Back Alley to the Board Room

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Complaints & Disorders (Second Edition)

Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English
The Sexual Politics of Sickness

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The point here is that medicine is not an objective, unbiased science; rather, it reflects and supports the prevailing social attitudes. In their quest for better healthcare, women need to address not only access to care, but also the prejudices which affect that care.
— WomanSource Catalog & Review: Tools for Connecting the Community for Women

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Lucia Brown