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Lesson Plan March 31, 2021

Reproductive health, at home and abroad

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Warm-up: What are the laws and policies governing access to reproductive resources in your state/city?

Introducing the Lesson: What is reproductive health, and what barriers do people face when trying to access reproductive health resources around the world?

Analyzing the Reporting: Reading and evaluating 1-3 of the following Pulitzer Center-supported stories and using details from the articles to compare/contrast and make local connections:

  1. Kashmir's Tribal Women Fight the Stigma of Birth Control,” article by Safina Nabi, originally appeared in Nikkei Asia.
  2. How to Make Abortion Great Again,” article by Anna Louie Sussman, originally appeared in Harper’s Bazaar.
  3. Ecuador’s Crackdown on Abortion Is Putting Women in Jail,” article by Zoë Carpenter, originally published in The Nation.
  4. “The End of Babies,” article by Anna Louie Sussman, originally published in the New York Times.
  5. "Some Harsh Truths About the Life of a Black Abortion Doctor in the Deep South," story by Laura Bassett, originally published in the Huffington Post.
  6. “In Poland, Midwives Play a Significant Role in Childbirth. In Texas? Not so Much.” Article by Marissa Evans, originally published in The Texas Tribune.
  7. “Virginity Testing in Morocco: Assault on Dignity, or a Shield Against Assault?” Article by Samidha Shane, originally published in Global Health Now

Bonus reporting:

  1. The Coronavirus Vaccine Presents a Dilemma for Pregnant Women,” article by Anna Louie Sussman, originally published in the New Yorker.
  2. After COVID: Feminist Policies Save Lives and Uphold Rights,” article by Lina Abou-Habib, originally published in Daraj.

Extension Activities:

  1. Write a letter to a policymaker, activist, or judge.
  2. Online/social media research activity.
  3. Bonus: examine this issue in the context of COVID-19.

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