I’ve been watching Call the Midwife on PBS. It’s a fictional series based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth about her work as a midwife. So first off, anyone who was born after Roe v. Wade needs to watch this and then talk to their foremothers about it. It’s obvious that the generation who fought the battles in the 60’s and 70’s are very concerned that we are forgetting what life was like for women before legalized contraceptives and abortion. Let’s listen to their stories.
Second, this series is all about maternal health outcomes and is a big part of why NARAL Pro-Choice Washington has the mission statement it does: To develop and sustain a constituency that uses the political process to guarantee every woman the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion.
This series is a crash course in how a mission statement like that would unite a network of activists for as long as it has. There’s the nun who wishes for “some magic potion” that can put an end to the unending childbearing the women in the series are subject to. Then there’s the young woman who runs away from the house of prostitution where she works when she is threatened with abortion only to have her baby taken away and adopted out by those who run the home for unwed mothers that she turns to for help. And I’ve only seen the first two episodes so I can only imagine the other aspects of reproductive health that this series will explore in the future.
Check it out and let us know what you think.