Lady Parts Justice League is a team of comedians, writers, and producers that uses humor to destigmatize abortion and expose the extremist anti-choice forces working to destroy access to reproductive rights in all 50 states. We do the job the media doesn't, creating provocative and hilarious videos and social media content that educates people about the pervasive, discriminatory abortion laws that profoundly and disproportionately impact poor women and women of color.
Another crucial part of the League's mission is to support and raise awareness about independent abortion providers. These clinics bear the brunt of anti-abortion legislation and harassment. Several times a year, we take our talents on the road to perform comedy shows in a USO format that brings entertainment, elbow grease, and love to these clinics and their communities. When the media fails to cover important stories about reproductive rights, and when providers ask for support, Lady Parts Justice League is proud to say that #WeShowUp.
We create a fresh space for people to take action who haven't necessarily seen a place for themselves before in political or reproductive rights movements. Lady Parts Justice League fosters a multicultural, multi-ethnic, gender fluid team of creative activists who understand how important and rewarding it is to create content that comes from and speaks to a diversity of life experience.
2018 Intern Reflection:
Working at Lady Parts Justice League has been an amazing way to take part in reproductive rights activism at a time when the fight for repro rights in the US is getting more and more intense by the day. For example, since the day I started in June, the whole office had been waiting with bated breath for NIFLA v. Becerra to come down. When it finally did we all sprung into action: I read the Court’s decision and took notes for Lady Parts Justice League’s official statement (thanks, Constitutional Law freshman seminar!), wrote a blog post breaking it down for one of our websites, exposefakeclinics.com, and then left with the whole office and volunteers from all over NYC to become part of a “Human Fake Clinic” in Washington Square Park in protest.
As the Programs intern, on a normal day I work on a combination of small projects and large ones, including but not limited to writing blog posts, curating a database and interactive map of fake abortion clinics in the US, and ordering artwork to decorate independent abortion clinics we visit on our tour. Recently I helped coordinate volunteers on the ground for our Human Fake Clinic action in Detroit. Though working on repro rights at a time when the government seems intent on stripping them away can be stressful, luckily the office itself is a casual and fun working environment-- it even has kombucha on tap!
Rachel Kahn '20
2017 Intern Reflection:
I've absolutely loved time working for the Lady Parts Justice League! I spent the first month of my internship in LPJL's Brooklyn offices. It's been an incredible opportunity to work with hilarious and passionate feminists trying to fight for abortion access. I have been able to continue my academic interests while researching the history of abortion in the United States, getting informed on state politics - which I was fairly unfamiliar with before - and be involved in the process of making politics, policies, and activism accessible to all. The work LPJL has been doing has been a lesson in making information accessible and expanding activist networks.
For the second part of my internship, I joined the LPJL on their Vagical Mystery Tour. I've had the opportunity to travel to Indianapolis, Detroit, and Cleveland, putting on a feminist comedy show and volunteering at local independent abortion providers. It's a great opportunity to move beyond what I've learned in the classroom and see what struggles abortion providers face on the daily.
Solange Azor '18