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Blogs comment on the intersection of economic, reproductive justice; celebrating Planned Parenthood's centennial and more

Read the week's best commentary from bloggers at Ms. Magazine blog, Our Bodies, Ourselves' "Our Bodies, Our Blog" and more.

REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE:

"We won't wait: Issues of economic justice are issues of reproductive justice," Michele Ko, Ms. Magazine blog: Ko, the government relations associate at Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNY), reflects on the We Won't Wait 2016 National Summit. The coalition of advocacy groups behind the summit "amplifies the power of women of color and low-income women to advance a new economic security agenda, which includes workplace protections such as paid family and sick leave, immigration reform, criminal justice reform, trans liberation, voting access and rights and reproductive justice," Ko writes. She highlights a few of the "inspiring initiatives and stories" shared at the summit "that illustrate the link between economic justice and reproductive health." For instance, Ko writes that "Neha Mahajan of 9to5 Association of Working Women, Colorado spoke to how women of color are disproportionately segregated into work sectors that are least likely to have access to paid family leave, paid sick leave and protections for pregnant women," while "Rosana Araujo of Women Working Together USA emphasized that when we talk about domestic abuse, we have to consider the experiences of undocumented people who do not report out of fear of deportation." Quoting Audre Lourde, who said, "'There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives,'" Ko concludes by noting that "PPNYC understands that the reproductive and sexual health and overall wellbeing of individuals is dependent on their ability to provide for themselves and their families" and "will continue to uplift and work alongside We Won't Wait and other economic justice organizations, activists and advocates for our community" (Ko, Ms. Magazine blog, 10/18).

ABORTION-RIGHTS MOVEMENT:

"5 reasons to celebrate Planned Parenthood on its 100th birthday," Amie Newman, Our Bodies, Ourselves' "Our Bodies, Our Blog": When Planned Parenthood opened 100 years ago, women "[f]or the first time in American history ... were allowed to receive 'organized instruction in birth control,'" Newman writes. "The clinic's doors were shut permanently ten days later, but the doors to women's contraception access had opened wide," Newman continues, noting that despite this "rocky start," Planned Parenthood "now runs 650 health clinics in all 50 states." In honor of the organization's anniversary, Newman shares "five reasons why we're grateful for the care and services Planned Parenthood provides." She writes that Planned Parenthood helps "people avoid unintended pregnancies," especially by providing affordable contraception for low-income patients; offers "safe abortion care" and "fights for access to safe and legal abortion on every level"; provides affordable access to other health services including "breast exams, prenatal care [and sexually transmitted infection] testing"; provides comprehensive sexuality education to "more than 1.5 million young people and their parents" every year; and provides supporters with "stories to share" about receiving necessary care from the organization (Newman, "Our Bodies, Our Blog," Our Bodies, Ourselves, 10/20).

What others are saying about the abortion-rights movement:

~ "It's 2016 and Kansas approvingly cited Dred Scott in an abortion case. It was not a good idea," P.R. Lockhart, Mother Jones.

~ "Court upholds California crisis pregnancy center counseling law," s.e. smith, Care2.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH:

"Philanthropy isn't always sexy: Why domestic violence organizations deserve your support anyway," Lori Day, Huffington Post blogs: "One in every four women is the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner at some point in her life," but organizations aimed at helping end domestic violence and treating victims often struggle for funding, Day writes. Day shares that she is a new member of the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center's board of directors, an organization that "offer[s] safety planning, legal assistance, counseling and various other supports to victims of domestic violence." She explains that "[d]oing domestic violence work is very expensive," noting that survivors require safe housing, childcare, food and access to clinicians and legal experts. However, "[f]undraising for domestic violence is not glamorous," Day writes, citing research showing that of the $39 billion given in charitable donations in 2012, "$33 billion was given to operas, art museums, symphonies, theaters, private schools and universities," and "only $6 billion -- or 15 percent -- of donations [went] to people who desperately need help -- the poor, the sick, the wounded, the abused." Day urges greater charitable donations for domestic violence organizations, noting that with "one in four women experienc[ing] violence in an intimate relationship during their lives, we all have mothers, sisters, daughters or friends who comprise that statistic, but many of them hide it well" (Day, Huffington Post blogs, 10/18).

What others are saying about domestic violence awareness month:

~ "How NYC is helping immigrant survivors of domestic violence," Cecile Noel and Nisha Agarwal, Huffington Post blogs.