Amid a global pandemic, anti-choice protesters continue harassing people outside of health centers
James Marion Sims is credited for his pioneering tools, such as the modern-day speculum and surgical techniques, that significantly advanced reproductive health care. The medical community has celebrated Sims for 170 years, yet most books fail to mention the torture he forced enslaved black women to endure.
A quick Google search for ‘menstrual pad’ credits its invention to Benjamin Franklin. But don’t believe everything you read; this revolutionary advancement in reproductive healthcare was actually developed by a Black woman by the name of Mary Beatrice Davidson Kenner.
“It [Reproductive justice] enabled us to center ourselves and talk about our lived experiences in ways that the reproductive health and reproductive rights movement didn't allow us to do, and so what you had was black women and other women of color create their own movement.” - Toni Bond Leonard