Seeking participants for Histories of Choice: Stories of Abortion and Reproductive Rights

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I am one of three professors working on a faculty-led, student-driven oral history project that intends to document the narratives of women and men who have been affected by abortion, or who have been involved in abortion provision, both pre- and post-Roe vs. Wade. We are particularly interested in the experiences of women who had abortions prior to Roe vs. Wade, as those are the most time-sensitive.  We are looking to expand our base of narrators, and would appreciate any leads list members could offer.

If you know of individuals that might be interested in talking with us about their relevant experiences, please share the project description below with them, and encourage them to contact our Graduate Research Assistant, Ingrid Fernandez at ifernandez@fgcu.edu.

Histories of Choice: Stories of Abortion and Reproductive Rights

This student-driven, faculty led project at Florida Gulf Coast University will explore the historical context and aftermath of Roe v. Wade.  Roe v. Wade was one of the most important Supreme Court decisions in modern American history, and this project will explore what it has meant to women and men of different generations. Students will collect oral histories of those involved in the (pro-choice) reproductive rights movement both before and after Roe by focusing on women and men of three generations. The first generation experienced the consequences of the pre-Roe illegality of abortion, including women who had “back-alley” abortions and women or men who witnessed the consequences of these first-hand. The second generation navigated a post-Roe world in which safe and effective abortion facilities and services were still developing. The third generation includes those who never knew a world where abortion was illegal, but who are grappling with an issue increasingly under attack. Interviews can be conducted on the FGCU campus, in another location convenient for interviewees, by Skype, or phone.

Audio and transcripts of the interviews will be archived in a university collection. We also plan to develop and edit this collection of oral histories to be published by an academic press. 

If you are interested in telling your story please contact Ingrid Fernandez, Graduate Research Assistant, at ifernandez@fgcu.edu.

If you have suggestions or questions, please contact any one of us off-list:

Nicola Foote, Associate Professor of History

Florida Gulf Coast University

Fort Myers, FL

nfoote@fgcu.edu

 

Kris De Welde, Associate Professor of Sociology

Florida Gulf Coast University

Fort Myers, FL

kdewelde@fgcu.edu

 

Frances Davey, Assistant Professor of History

Florida Gulf Coast University

Fort Myers, FL

fdavey@fgcu.edu