Black Women’s Health Networks
Before Roe v. Wade, Black Women’s Health Networks were community-led, intimate spaces for people to receive abortions and other forms of reproductive care. While the police went to great lengths to try and dissolve these networks, community members offered support and strived to protect the identities of abortion providers. These networks were crucial for Black women, given that their sexual choices were associated with deviance, whereas the sexual choices of white women were linked to exploration and choice.
Authors: Madeleine Ware, Cara Delay and Beth Sundstrom