Making Contact

Making Contact – Who Controls Black Women’s Bodies?

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 While overall access to contraception and other reproductive health services have increased over the last 20 years, access for low-income women and women of color has dropped.

Since the 2010 elections, anti-abortionists have grown more emboldened in their attempts to restrict not only abortion services, but also to basic reproductive care.  

African-American women have been especially targeted in a series of anti-abortion billboards posted across the country. Enraged by this finger-pointing, reproductive justice activist of all colors got together to fight for every woman’s right to health care. On this edition, the fight for access to reproductive health care.

This program was funded in part by the Mary Wohlford Foundation.



Dorothy Roberts, Northwestern University law professor; Loretta Ross, Founder and National Coordinator of SisterSong; Susan Cohen, Director of Government Affairs at Guttmacher Institute; Nicole Gross, single mom; Chloe Heintz, rape survivor; Nicole Safar, Public Policy Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin; Heidi Williamson, National Advocacy Policy Coordinator for SisterSong; Walter B. Hoye II, Founder and President of Issues 4 Life.

 Special thanks to Alicia Walters and production intern Lisa Bartfai.

For More Information:
Trust Black Women




Guttmacher Institute


Dorothy Roberts


Planned Parenthood


Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice


California Latina Reproductive Justice


National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health


Black Women for Wellness


The Radiance Foundation


Issues 4 Life