On March 30th 2011, the Reproductive Health Access Project (RHAP) brought together four feminist bloggers in a panel discussion about young women's attitudes concerning abortion, reproductive health and activism. More than 70 people attended the free event at Beth Israel - Phillips Ambulatory Care Center in New York City. RHAP board member Rebecca Hart moderated as panelists Jasmine Burnett, Shelby Knox, Amanda Marcotte and Aimee Thorne-Thomsen took turns providing insight and responding to audience questions.
Among the topics discussed were the intersection of abortion issues with other social issues, internet activism, health care and effective ways to bring generations of feminists together for a common cause. All four panelists are well-known feminists who regularly blog about social justice, current events and activism. Utilizing the internet as a productive and effective way to share their knowledge as well as personal experiences, they reach thousands of readers. These bloggers are truly the spokespeople for a new generation of women.
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Audio files of panel discussion
RHAP's Executive Director, Lisa Maldonado, discusses RHAP's mission and introduces Rebecca Hart, RHAP board member and panel moderator. Rebecca makes opening remarks and introduces all four panelists.
Aimee Thorne-Thomsen talks about what “young” means to her, the differences between reproductive health and reproductive justice, and how abortion issues intersect with many other issues young people are facing.
Amanda Marcotte discusses health care reform with regard to a younger generation of feminists, the impact of Planned Parenthood, and the intersection of abortion issues with economic issues.
Jasmine Burnett breaks down Senate Bill 429, the race and sex selection bill introduced in Georgia in October 2009, and what Trust Black Women and SisterSong are doing to fight against it. She also provides insight into recent anti-choice billboard campaigns.
Shelby Knox addresses power, identity and privilege in relation to activism. She stresses the importance of legitimizing online activism and bridging intergenerational gaps within reproductive justice organizations. She makes a strong case in defense of young women's involvement in reproductive health issues.