Monica Raye Simpson

Monica Raye Simpson is the executive director of SisterSong, the National Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective. She is also a singer, full circle Doula and was recently named a New Civil Rights Leader by Essence magazine.​

Recent Articles

Anti-Choice Activists Dishonor Black History, Co-Opting Language of #BlackLivesMatter

But do they join the protests around the country calling for an end to police brutality? Not so much.

(AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Chris Pietsch)
For decades, a great debate has raged in this country between those who believe in the human right to a safe and legal abortion and those who call themselves “pro-life” and consider abortion to be morally wrong. The anti-choice community has always used shaming tactics. Whether touting faulty and confusing statistics or showing, to women entering reproductive health clinics around the country, gruesome Photoshopped images of what they say are aborted fetuses, anti-choice activists have relied on strategies designed to inspire fear and shame in the women they target—essentially, anyone considering getting an abortion. In recent years, the anti-choice movement has begun to turn its attention to communities of color, more specifically targeting black women, and even going as far as to compare abortion to slavery. Talking about abortion at a 2013 Texas rally, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who now is considering a presidential run, asked if society could reject...