What Every Woman Should Know

What Every Woman Should Know

by Susie Cagle

Graphic journalist Susie Cagle researched anti-abortion Crisis Pregnancy Centers by visiting several in the Bay Area “pretending to be naïve and knocked up.” What she found “wasn’t what I was expecting,” she says. “The brilliance and danger of First Resort and other clinics like them is that they do not fit the image of the ‘anti-abortion activist’… they are not screaming with pictures of dead babies.” Cagle adds, “For me, this version of reality is much more scary – false information delivered with a smile.” Cagle has written and drawn for the Awl, the Hairpin, Truthout, American Prospect, Campus Progress and others; this feature comes from Cartoon Movement.

Click below to see all 17 pages in Cagle’s story.

Also see: The Art Perspective: Guerrilla Girls curated by Linda Stein in this edition of On The Issues Magazine.

Also see: Heather Ault: Visualizing 4000 Years of Choice by Eleanor Bader in this edition of On The Issues Magazine.

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Merle Hoffman's Choices: A Post-Roe Abortion Rights Manifesto

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“Merle Hoffman has always known that in a democracy, we each have decision-making power over the fate of our own bodies. She is a national hero for us all.” —Gloria Steinem

In the wake of the Supreme Court overturning Roe V. Wade and a country divided, Merle Hoffman, a pioneer in the pro-choice movement and women’s healthcare, offers an unapologetic and authoritative take on abortion calling it “the front line and the bottom line of women’s freedom and liberty.” 

Merle Hoffman has been at the forefront of the reproductive freedom movement since the 1970s. Three years before the Supreme Court legalized abortion through Roe v. Wade, she helped to establish one of the United States’ first abortion centers in Flushing, Queens, and later went on to found Choices, one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive women’s medical facilities. For the last five decades, Hoffman has been a steadfast warrior and fierce advocate for every woman’s right to choose when and whether or not to be a mother.