Erin Matson and Pamela Merritt are the co-founders and co-directors of Reproaction, a new direct action group working to increase access to abortion and advance reproductive justice. They offer unique and bold voices to hold American leaders accountable for attacks on access to reproductive health.
Erin Matson writes and organizes for full reproductive justice and women’s human rights in the United States. A nationally sought speaker, Erin has appeared frequently on television, including MSNBC, CSPAN, Al-Jazeera English, ABC World News, BBC World News and PBS’ To the Contrary. An organizer and strategist, she has led local, state, and national advocacy campaigns on areas including abortion rights, contraceptive access, and cultural representations of women. In addition to her role at Reproaction, Erin has served as an editor at large for RH Reality Check, a daily publication providing news, analysis, and commentary on sexual and reproductive health and justice issues and as a vice president at the National Organization for Women. Her recent “edit” of a Washington Post story on “Subway Guy” Jared Fogle received significant media attention. Her online voice, heard at erintothemax.com, is provocative and relevant and has been quoted in Salon and the New Yorker. Erin is also the creator of the popular tumblr page, white guys doing it by themselves and a contributor to the new book, The Feminist Utopia Project.
Pamela Merritt is a longtime writer, progressive activist, and blogger at AngryBlackBitch.com. Her site was named one of the world’s 50 most powerful blogs by The Guardian in 2008. A featured contributor on National Public Radio (NPR), her writing has also been published in the Chicago Sun-Times, the Guardian UK, Rolling Stone and Salon. She is a member of the Women’s Health Leadership Network at the Center for American Progress and a founding member of the Trust Black Women Partnership. She served as the online manager for the Mississippians for Healthy Families campaign that successfully defeated an initiative for a statewide personhood amendment in 2011. In addition to her personal blog, Merritt is a contributor to RH Reality Check.