Greetings! & Repro Round-up — #KatieSpeakShow Ep1 09/05/2015

In brief: WELCOME! In my inaugural episode I do a little background and introduction on what this space is going to be. I also kick off my weekly news/culture rant and talk with three of my favorite people working in reproductive justice. Thanks for stopping by!

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Enhanced audio: Greetings! & Repro Round-up — #KatieSpeakShow Ep1 09/05/2015


Welcome! I had thoughts on the BLM demonstration at Hillary’s campaign event and a reminder to support GetEQUAL’s “LGBTQ Bill of Rights,” Whole Woman’s Health taking HB2 to the Supreme Court, and good news out of CA — the Reproductive FACT Act is on the governor’s desk!

The co-founders of ReproAction, Erin Matson and Pamela Merritt joined me to discuss their new organization and the #HeyPopeFrancis campaign. We talked about the compartmentalization on the “left,” “Electionitis,” and how to get involved with ReproAction.

Full-spectrum OB/GYN and sexual health educator Dr. Leah Torres stopped by to discuss her op-ed for RH Reality Check on why she wasn’t offended by the “cold” language in the Planned Parenthood “exposé” videos and how communication matters. We also talked about the important of communication in sexual health and consent. Spoiler alert: we both think communication makes sex better and are cheering on the trend toward enthusiastic consent standards.

Quote of the Show: “If you lift up one part of me without standing in solidarity of the whole of me, then that is not anti-oppression work.” — Pamela Merritt, ReproAction

Links to on-air references:

My take…

“BLM and GetEQUAL Call on Clinton to Stand with Black Trans Women via GetEQUAL

“We Disrupted Hillary Clinton on Behalf of Black Trans Women – Here’s Why via Truthout


“Texas Doctors Ask SCOTUS to Stem Tide of Abortion Restrictions” via The Texas Observer

“Women’s Health Care Providers Ask U.S Supreme Court to Take On Texas Clinic Shutdown Law” via The Center For Reproductive Rights

SIGN: “Tell Governor Brown to Sign the Reproductive FACT Act”

Audre Lorde self-care quote via Know Your IX: “Dealing with Activist Burn-Out and Self-Care”


“Why We’re Losing the Planned Parenthood Debate, and How We Can Win”

#HeyPopeFrancis Campaign

”Ask Leah” — Dr. Leah Torres

“Exclusive: The Faces and Fake Names of People Behind Planned Parenthood Attack Videos”

“Planned Parenthood Doctors in Attack Videos Were Professional, Not ‘Cold’”

“‘Asking for It’: Why We Need to Get Angry About Rape Culture
“Asking For It” review”

Follow my guests…


Pamela Merritt, ReproAction

Erin Matson, ReproAction

Dr. Leah Torres

Blog Extras:


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