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Mobilizing New YorkAIDS, Antipoverty, and Feminist Activism$
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Tamar W. Carroll

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469619880

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469619880.001.0001

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It Saved My Life

It Saved My Life

Creating Queer Politics

(p.162) Chapter Six It Saved My Life
Mobilizing New York

Tamar W. Carroll

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter explores coalition between two reproductive rights activist groups—ACT UP and WHAM!. The two work for improved prevention and treatment for HIV/AIDS, and support women's rights to bodily autonomy. In the early 1990s, Operation Rescue and other antiabortion groups barricaded women's health clinics in often successful attempts to close them. Just as ACT UP had rejected sexual shame in relation to the AIDS epidemic, WHAM! protested that women should not be made to feel ashamed for expressing their sexuality and controlling their reproduction, including via abortion. Through their demonstrations, WHAM! illustrated a different model for thinking about reproductive rights as a necessary part of health care for women and of access to high-quality health care as a human right.

Keywords:   ACT UP, WHAM!, AIDS, women's rights, reproductive rights

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