The Fight to Keep Access and Information Alive and Well

In Nyssa's weekly 'Need to Know' series, we recap the three most important stories related to reproductive health, sex education, and bodily autonomy.

Intersectional Sex Educator Defends Her Work

In June, Justine Ang Fonte, M.Ed, MPH, former director of health and wellness at Dalton, a prestigious K-12 school in New York City, resigned due to a lack of support after negative feedback on a pornography literacy and consent workshop she taught. Her work was thrown into the limelight and dissected by anyone with Internet access. This week, she set the record straight by sharing her story with the New York Times. In the feature, she details why K-12 students should be taught appropriate and truthful information about sexuality in order to become healthy adults. “We think, condom on a banana, and that’s enough, and then we’re confused as to why there’s a consent problem,” Ms. Fonte told the New York Times. “We’re still teaching the golden rule and we should be teaching the platinum rule: to treat others the way they want to be treated.”

2021 is Worst Year Ever for Abortion Rights

It’s only July and 2021 has already become the worst year for abortion rights since Roe v. Wade was established in 1973. State legislatures have passed 90 abortion restrictions, according to the Guttmacher Institute. That’s more restrictions passed in six months than in all of 2011. The new restrictions include abortion bans, including six-week bans which are unconstitutional based on viability; medication abortion restrictions, after a renewed focus on telemedicine; and targeted regulation of abortion providers (TRAP) laws. States are doubling down on all approaches as the Supreme Court prepares to hear Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health which couldand very likely willmake Roe obsolete.

Two Doulas Create a Children’s Book About Abortion

Full-spectrum doulas Carley Manes and Mar just released their new book ‘What’s an Abortion, Anyway?’ a medically accurate, non-judgemental, and gender-inclusive resource for young people about abortion care. According to the creators, there are no published books in the U.S. for children under the age of 13 that use the word abortion. The National Sex Education Standards recommend 13-14-year-old students understand and be able to articulate what abortion is as a concept. Research shows comprehensive sex education can help young people reduce risky sexual behavior and prevent childhood sexual abuse and intimate partner violence. More than ever, it’s time we give young people the tools they need to advocate for themselves.