BADP at the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Conference

Earlier this month, several members of the Bay Area Doula Project had the opportunity to attend and present at the 27th annual Civil Liberties and Public Policy conference “From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom.” Held in Amherst, Massachusetts at Hampshire College the conference is an amazing place to network and learn from other folks working in the reproductive justice movement from all over the country and the world.

BADP’s co-director Poonam spoke about abortion storytelling in the presentation “Centering Justice, Centering Our Lives” while BADP volunteer Gretchen spoke on a panel titled “The Other A-Word: Adoption and Reproductive Justice.”

Practicing manual vacuum aspiration on papayas in a workshop lead by the Reproductive Health Access Project, learning about cervical self-exam, and connecting with other full spectrum doulas were just some of the things we did at the conference.

Check out some of our pictures from the conference; watch for Poonam’s write-up of full-spectrum doulas at the conference that we’ll post tomorrow; and we’ll see you there next year!

Our very own Renee uses a papaya in a first trimester abortion simulation.

Poonam presenting on abortion storytelling

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Doula swag at CLPP!! They say it’s available on Etsy!



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