Making Contact

Intersections of Faith and Reproductive Justice

Faith and reproductive justice: we rarely hear these words in the same sentence.  Instead, we associate faith with the belligerent protester outside an abortion clinic or sex ed curriculums that shame young women for their sexuality.


But what if faith could fuel a movement that supports women and families in having real choices over their lives and their bodies?


On this week’s Making Contact, we head to the crossroads of faith and the struggle for reproductive justice.  We’ll hear from people like Dr. Willie Parker, Toni Bond Leonard, and Katie Zeh, who are making these visions a reality.



  • Dr. Willie Parker, OB-GYN, author, Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice
  • Toni Bond Leonard, Consultant, and Founding Mother of Reproductive Justice
  • Katey Zeh, Writer, Strategist, and Educator
  • LaShawn Warren, vice president, Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative, Center for American Progress


Host: Vera Tykulsker

Episode Producer: Vera Tykulsker

Producers: Monica Lopez, Marie Choi, RJ Lozada, Anita Johnson

Executive Director: Lisa Rudman

Web Editor and Audience Engagement Director: Sabine Blaizin

Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker


Special thanks to Center for American Progress for allowing us to broadcast excerpts of the “At the Intersection of Faith and Reproductive Justice”, a panel that took place in Washington D.C. July 2017.

Thanks also to the Mary Wohlford Foundation.


More information

VIDEO: At the Intersection of Faith and Reproductive Justice, panel by the Center for American Progress in Washington D.C. July 2017

Dr. Willie Parker

ReWire articles by Toni Bond Leonard

Katey Zeh

Making Contact, Beyond Choice: Organizing for Reproductive Justice

Making Contact, The Light Inside: Giving Birth Behind Bars

Making Contact, Our Bodies, Our Stories: Reproductive Health Behind Bars

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