(Two of our bloggers recently interviewed Marcy Bloom and they had A LOT to say about it. Thus we will be publishing over the next two days their reflections of what they, as young reproductive justice activists, have to learn from a second-wave shero. Stay Tuned!)
“When something speaks to your life, it’s easy to get involved.” — Marcy Bloom
Tori: I am so glad we got to meet Marcy Bloom! I have wanted to meet her for some time. I first learned about her when I was researching reproductive rights activists in Seattle. Then, I found her on RH Reality Check and even read this great article from the Seattle Times that outlines her work at Aradia Women’s Health Center, a 30 year-old abortion clinic in Seattle which closed in January of 2007.
I love how unapologetic she is about abortion–then, when I found out that she was an abortion rights activist in Mexico, I knew I had to meet her! I have a real yearning to meet activists who have come before me: especially activists involved in the Pro-choice, Women’s Rights Movement.
It was such a great experience talking with her. What was it like for you to hear how Marcy came into the movement?
Sara: It was so inspiring to hear her first-hand accounts of Second-wave Feminism! Marcy identified from an early age that while she and her brother were both loved by their parents, they were treated very differently: he was encouraged to go to school and get a well-paying job because he would be expected to support a family someday. And she was not. This didn’t sit right with Marcy, so she dove head-first into the feminist movement and began to understand these issues and work towards changing them.
Tori: One of my favorite things Marcy said was, “When something speaks to your life, it’s easy to get involved.” She mentioned this while telling us the story of taking her friend in to get an abortion, before it became legal. They were both about sixteen and had to take a train from New York to Pennsylvania to find a doctor who would perform abortions. Marcy made it seem natural that she would accompany her friend on this journey, because she believed her friend should have access to abortion services. I can’t imagine being a teen and having to leave my own city to access medical care.
Stay tuned for the continuation of their discussion with a focus on intersectionality…