"A wonderful book—informative, moving, engaging, inspiring. I loved it."Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community
"Since Roe v. Wade was decided by the US Supreme Court in 1973, maintaining the right to abortion has been hard fought. In a time when reproductive rights are under attack, Comics for Choice is a truthful narration of what often gets lost—the history of abortion and the lived experiences of women and people who need abortion."President of Planned Parenthood
Comics for Choice is anthology of comics about abortion. As this fundamental reproductive right continues to be stigmatized and jeopardized, over sixty artists and writers have created comics that boldly share their own experiences, and educate readers on the history of abortion, current political struggles, activism, and more. Lawyers, activists, medical professionals, historians, and abortion fund volunteers have teamed up with cartoonists and illustrators to share their knowledge in accessible comics form.
The stories in Comics for Choice showcase a wide range of abortion experiences from a diverse array of voices: trans voices, older voices, activist voices—relatable voices. With passionate pen strokes, artists share highly personal, moving, and even funny stories that defy stigma and stereotypes. From the days of illegal abortion services, to nationwide legalization, to modern-day struggles of clinic closures and unequal access, contributors give an entertaining primer on the history of abortion in America, and how far we still have to go. Readers will be encouraged to get involved—standing up for abortion rights, fighting abortion stigma, making links between intersecting forms of oppression, and learning about reproductive justice.
Comics for Choice is published by Hazel Newlevant (Chainmail Bikini: The Anthology of Women Gamers) and co-edited by Hazel, Whit Taylor (Madtown High, Subcultures Anthology, The Nib), and Ø.K. Fox (Paper Jazz Small Press Fest and Disclaimer Gallery at The Silent Barn), and contains comics from exciting cartoonists like Sophia Foster-Dimino (Sex Fantasy), Leah Hayes (Not Funny Ha-Ha), Anna Bongiovanni (Grease Bats), Jennifer Camper (Rude Girls and Dangerous Women), Ally Shwed (Sex Bomb Strikes Again) and Kat Fajardo (Gringa!, La Raza Anthology), and reproductive justice scholars like Rickie Solinger, (Reproductive Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know) Renee Bracey Sherman (Program Director, We Testify), and Dr. Cynthia Greenlee (Senior Editor, Rewire).
C4C was originally published through an IndieGoGo campaign which raised over $30,000 in donations for the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF), a charity that helps to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access, so that everyone can have full reproductive choice. Future sales of the anthology benefit the editors and contributors.
C4C has also partnered with We Testify, a group of women, trans and nonbinary folks who tell their own abortion stories, to fight stigma and push back against the continuing attacks on abortion care.