July 13, 2022

EP. 273 — How Has White Supremacy F*cked With Reproductive Justice? with Professor Jacki Antonovich

Well, here we are. Roe v. Wade has been overturned, and it’s more urgent than ever to rally for reproductive rights across the country—and understand how we got to this point. This week, Professor Jacki Antonovich joins Jonathan to explore the history of abortion care and forced sterilization in the US, how white supremacy has shaped reproductive politics, and why Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman isn’t the historical fiction we may think it is.

CW: This episode includes descriptions of bodily harm and discussion of racist ideologies.

Jacqueline Antonovich is an Assistant Professor of History at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. She is the author of the article, “White Coats, White Hoods: The Medical Politics of the Ku Klux Klan in 1920s America,” and she is currently working on a book on the history of women physicians and medical imperialism in the American West. Jacqueline is the creator and co-founder of Nursing Clio, a collaborative blog project that examines the historical roots of present-day issues surrounding gender, health, and medicine.

Make sure to follow Professor Antonovich on Twitter @jackiantonovich and Nursing Clio on Twitter @NursingClio and at nursingclio.org

Looking for further reading? Here are some books Professor Antonovich recommends: 


Killing the Black Body by Dr. Dorothy Roberts

Medical Bondage by Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens

Medicalizing Blackness by Dr. Rana A. Hogarth


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Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness & Dr. Jacki Antonovich JVN [00:00:00] Welcome back to Getting Curious, I’m Jonathan Van Ness and every week I get to sit down for an incredible conversation with a brilliant expert to learn all about something that makes me curious. On today’s episode, I’m joined by Dr. Jacki Antonovich, where I ask her: What’s the history of reproductive healthcare in the United States? And before we dive in, I just want to say something really quickly. This was one of the eye-opening episodes of Getting Curious I’ve ever recorded – I learned so much. If you were ever going to share an episode of Getting Curious with someone, and if you were ever going to get passionate about a particular topic, this is one for me that really blew my mind. So let’s dive in! Welcome to Getting Curious. This is Jonathan Van Ness. This is a really important episode and we’re really excited to put it together. We’re going to jump

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