Renee’s Writing

Renee writes extensively on abortion, reproductive justice, health care disparities, and feminism, including personal narratives, pop culture references, access to care, and how it intersects with race, politics, and digital harassment. Below is a selection of her writing, and you can read all of her articles on Echoing Ida’s website.


“The crux of the issue is not whether you would have an abortion yourself. It’s whether you would stand in the way of someone else’s decision. Everyone loves someone who has had an abortion, though we may not know it.”

Who Should You Listen to on Abortion? People Who’ve Had Them, The New York Times

“Far too often, compassion for black lives doesn’t extend beyond the womb or to the black women carrying that womb. Too few tears are shed for the people killed by police violence. Reproductive justice is about the resolve to raise our families on our own terms, safely. This is the fight for the right to life.”

The Right to (Black) Life, The New York Times

It is paramount that we fight for reproductive justice and bodily autonomy at the same time we fight for Black liberation. As activists attempt to reverse the tide of abortion restrictions, it would be a mistake not to make racial and economic injustice central themes in the reproductive rights movement going forward. Lives depend on it.”

What the War on Reproductive Rights Has to do With Poverty and Race, Yes! Magazine. This article won the Salute to Excellence Award by the National Association of Black Journalists, 2017

We need the audacity of our ancestors now. We have too much knowledge and too many resources to continue to have the narrative reshaped and our realities ignored before our eyes. The black community has historically supported bodily autonomy and access to safe and legal abortion. Our history proves that we have led the way in the abortion and reproductive justice movement, and we are influential in policy now. It’s high time we ensure that our influence is accurately reflected and that we celebrate it.”

Whitewashing Reproductive Rights: How Black Activists Get Erased, Salon

Abortion is often framed as a woman’s issue, with many women stepping forward to share their own stories and try to change the stigmatizing narrative that dominates society; but more and more, men are sharing their experiences with abortion, too.”

— More Men Are Sharing Their Abortion Stories and Fighting for Reproductive Rights, Women’s Health Magazine

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As an avid television watcher, I am eager for complex and realistic portrayals of black women and the decisions we face every single day. Showing Pope’s support for the young ensign having an abortion and then seeking one herself tells viewers that people who have abortions deserve dignity, respect and compassion. “Scandal” models what the future of abortion could and should look like for everyone, fictional or not.”

Abortions Without Scandal, Al Jazeera America

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“We all face challenges in our lives. We all have that secret that we’re afraid our family and friends will judge us for, and we crave connection and acceptance. You’ll never know how many of the one in three women who’ve had abortions are in your family or circle of friends unless you open the space for conversation and show that you can Stop, Drop, and Listen. You’ll be surprised at what you hear. One story isn’t every story. And we all deserve to be heard in our own words. Take a moment to truly listen.”

How to Listen When a Loved One Says ‘I Had an Abortion’, EBONY.com

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When the media accurately reflects experiences of abortion, viewers are able to better understand the complexity and translate it to their own lives. Complex representations are key to shifting our culture. The centering of real experiences helps build understanding between the character, the audience, and our real-life interactions.”

The Second Lady’s Abortion: What ‘House of Cards’ Got Right…and Didn’t, Rewire.News

As a movement, we often ask people to share their stories to change policy and influence the hearts and minds of our country—but at what cost? We ask people to put themselves out there, but we do not really think about the possible impacts on their lives. We forget, just as our opposition often does, the real people behind the political debates.”  

What Happens When We Share Our Abortion Stories: Hate, Vitriol, But Also Love, Rewire.News

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