Jessica Arons is the Director of the Women's Health and Rights Program at the Center for American Progress and the author of More than a Choice: A Progressive Vision for Reproductive Health & Rights.
In the pro-choice community, we spend most of our time debating the options women should have when they are thinking about terminating a pregnancy. We rarely spend time, however, discussing what options women should have when giving birth. By the same token, maternal and birthing rights activists often do not address issues surrounding abortion in their own work.
The National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) has set out to change that. This past weekend in Atlanta, GA, pro-choice activists and maternal rights supporters came together—for the first time to my knowledge—for a National Summit to Ensure the Health and Humanity of Pregnant and Birthing Women.