Fired Up about Reproductive Rights

Fired Up about Reproductive Rights

"series "Fired Up"" series

by Jane Kirby
  • english-from-canada
  • feminism
  • general-other-non-fiction
  • health
  • parenting

What is at stake in the fight for safe, legal, and accessible abortion services? And who benefits from our dark legacy of coercive sterilization, eugenics, and population control? Reproductive rights are rights that everyone should be fired up about! Decades after abortion was legalized and decriminalized in Canada, the US, and the UK, why are we still fighting for reproductive rights? Shattering the myth that the battle for reproductive rights has already been won, Fired Up about Reproductive Rights shows us the many ways our reproductive lives remain subject to state control. From the fight for safe, legal, and accessible abortion services to the fight against coercive sterilization, eugenics, and population control, threats to our reproductive control remain alive and well in our communities.

Engaging with the reproductive justice framework advanced by women of colour, the book presents the fight for reproductive rights as contingent with other social justice issues, and forces us to grapple with the weaknesses of the feminist and reproductive rights movement as it exists. Accessible and engaging, this book gives readers the tools to understand–and fight against–contemporary threats to our reproductive rights.


Jane Kirby, author

Jane Kirby is a writer and performing artist with a history of working with feminist and social justice organizations. She holds an MA in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University.


  • Fired Up about Reproductive Rights brilliantly untangles complexity and presents a clear and accessible primer on reproductive politics. This book is a must-read for young people. - Ardath Whynacht, youth advocate and professor of sociology
  • Kirby’s book explains in simple language the connection between reproduction and larger systems of oppression. It is an important contribution to literature on reproductive rights. - Boma Brown, founder, Support Network for Indigenous Women & Women of Colour (SNIWWOC)
  • Jane Kirby does a great job critically engaging historical and contemporary concerns of the reproductive rights movement in this primer, and shows that the next generation is interested in pushing the conversation forward in an intersectional way. - Karen Stote, author of An Act of Genocide: Colonialism and the Sterilization of Aboriginal Women in Canada
  • Kirby’s powerful writing will goad you into action and properly inform your fight. This book is a mobilizing force — a reminder that we’ve come a long way but work remains to be done. - Kaleigh Trace, author of Hot, Wet and Shaking: How I Learned to Talk about Sex
  • Fired Up about Reproductive Rights is well-written, powerful, and carefully integrates the reproductive justice framework Its easy accessibility and quick reading makes it stand out among books on reproductive rights. - Loretta Ross, co-founder, SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective

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rights available: World, excl. North America (English)

Additional Information

age range: 16-25

number of pages: 140

publication date: 05/01/2017

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book