Busy In July

It’s just over a month till the Prochoice Highway goes on the road, but there’s been a lot going on. Besides working on getting together all the stuff for the Highway stall (posters — watch this space; the Body Politics Calendar, Tee shirts, and everything else a good stall needs) there’s been an Auckland launch for Fighting to Choose (24 July), and an ALRANZ/Prochoice Highway stall at the CTU Women’s Conference in Wellington (26-27 July). Many thanks to everyone who helped out and came along for both. Pai mutunga! Here are a couple of pix:

Margaret and Annabel at the ALRANZ/Prochoice Highway stall in Wellington at the CTU Women's Conference.

Margaret and Annabel at the ALRANZ/Prochoice Highway stall in Wellington at the CTU Women’s Conference.

Laila Harré speaking at the Auckland launch of "Fighting to Choose".

Laila Harré speaking at the Auckland launch of “Fighting to Choose”.

Some of the items, including part of a "Double Standard" from the 1980s, at the Auckland book launch. (Watch for the Yellow Rabbit!)

Some of the items, including part of the Xmas Crossword special issue of the “Double Standard” from 1980, at the Auckland book launch. (Watch for the Yellow Rabbit!)

Donate

The Highway proper sets off in September — if you can help the Highway stay on the road, there are lots of ways to Donate, and they’re all listed here. Coming soon: calls for volunteers, from everywhere.

Events

For a list of what’s coming up, visit the Events Page.

Crow After Roe: Book Review and Author Q&A

Crow After Roe: How ‘Separate But Equal’ Has Become the New Standard in Women’s Health and How We Can Change That
By Robin Marty and Jessica Mason Pieklo. (IG Publishing, 2013)

Available for purchase from the Prochoice Highway for NZ$25 including shipping. (Donations welcome!) You can also visit  IG Publishing’s site for an excerpt. This is cross-posted at the ALRANZ blog.

Reviewed by Alison McCulloch

(See below for Q&A with one of the authors)

If you follow the reproductive rights debate in the United States even a little bit, you’ll be familiar with the relentless tide of legislation aimed at cracking down not just on access to abortion, but contraception, sex education and the rights of those who are pregnant.

The authors, left, Jessica Mason Pieklo and Robin Marty. (Source: Crow After Roe Facebook page)

The authors, left, Jessica Mason Pieklo and Robin Marty. (Source: Crow After Roe Facebook page)

The website RH Reality Check is one of the best sites around for keeping up to date with the bad news, and it can get a bit depressing. Two names you’ll see frequently there are those of Robin Marty, the site’s senior political reporter, and Jessica Mason Pieklo, RHRC’s senior legal analyst, writer and adjunct law professor in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Marty and Pieklo are also the authors of a new book that collects and analyses all that bad news titled Crow After Roe: How ‘Separate but Equal’ Has Become the New Standard in Women’s Health and How We Can Change That.

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