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Choice, Church and State: Poland, Ireland, the USA : Women Rising 37

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Women Rising 37

Abortion and women’s reproductive rights are hot button issues around the world. Women have a long way to go to obtain control over our own bodies, our family planning, our reproductive health. There are influential well-funded efforts to keep that control out of women’s hands.

Women Rising Radio visits with two key organizers in Europe whose work is advancing women’s reproductive rights. Marta Lempart, an organizer with the Polish Women’s Strike of 2016, and the annual International Women’s Strike, is battling ultra right-wing forces in Poland. Ailbhe Smyth is a feminist activist and organizer in Ireland’s successful Together for Yes campaign, which made abortion legal there in 2018. Sara Hutchinson Ratcliffe is an advocate with Catholics for Choice in the USA and abroad; and her colleague Sarah Flores is a youth organizer with Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. All these women are on the front lines of activism for women’s reproductive rights.

Image Credit: Strike 4 Repeal 2017 Protest

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  • Marta Lempart, Organizer with Polish Women’s Strike and  International Women’s Strike
  • Sara Hutchinson Ratcliffe, Advocate with Catholics for Choice
  • Sarah Flores, Youth Organizer with Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
  • Ailbhe Smyth, Key Organizer of the Irish Together for Yes pro-choice campaign


  • Producer and Executive of Women Rising: Lynn Feinerman, Women Rising Radio
  • Recording:  Lisa Rudman, WPFW, StudioToBe,TinPot Studios
  • Audio Editing: Stephanie Welch, Dylan Garven, Salima Hamirani
  • Host: Sandina Robbins

Making Contact Staff:

  • Producers: Anita Johnson, Salima Hamirani, Monica Lopez
  • Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
  • Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin 


  • Ani Difranco – Amendment, ¿Which Side Are You On? 2012Special thanks to Ani DiFranco for permission to use her song “Amendment”
  • Dylan Garven

Author: Radio Project

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