Eleven Romance Authors are taking on Abortion Advocacy in the only way they know how!
We write books. Books with happy endings.
But for many women, satisfying endings to health care are longer the case, and in many preventable instances, will result in death. Either by suicide, health reasons, or some other dire circumstance. It’s atrocious. So, as part of the eleven authors I’m thrilled to be a part of are pulling together, each writing her story that touches on something to do with reproductive rights. A diverse group , some whom have never met before, are coming together to share what we do: write stories, in which all proceeds will be donated to the National Network of Abortion Funds.
The start is exciting. See this 9/23/22 article by Sophia Loren out of Pittsburgh, PA on By women, for women: The romance genre takes on abortion advocacy
Read ahead for the official press release.
Romance Authors Raise Tens of Thousands of Dollars for Reproductive Rights
Seven upcoming romance anthologies are donating 100% of their royalties to abortion access groups.
Pittsburgh, Penn.—Romance novels (and the women who write them) have never fit the fluffy, unserious stereotype that they’re often tagged with—and this is especially true as reproductive rights are being gutted around the country.
In the wake of the June 24 SCOTUS decision overturning Roe v Wade, hundreds of romance authors, editors and designers have joined forces to produce seven anthologies, all committed to donating 100% of their royalties to organizations supporting reproductive justice. These anthologies have already raised tens of thousands of dollars in presales, with $30,000 from the Dissent anthology alone.
These anthologies include all-new stories of characters finding love. They’re emotional, funny, steamy, heartfelt, and at-times angry, but all of them are committed to the promise at the heart of every romance novel: a happy ending.
The romance community is deeply engaged in societal issues that impact women and marginalized people. In 2020, for instance, Romancelandia raised $400,000 to help Stacey Abrams get people to the polls in Georgia.
Romance and reproductive rights are part of the same story. Romance has always been about bodily autonomy and choice. Romance novels center women and their pleasure–a radical concept today. Romance imagines agency for marginalized people through love, meaning these characters make a choice to take a lover (or multiple lovers!), and our characters make choices about intimacy, sex, and partnership.
These authors believe that everyone deserves the happily ever after of their choice, not one that another person (or the courts) choose for them. Each anthology’s organizer is available for interviews and other media availability.
They are, in order of publication:
Romance for Roe: 36 authors supporting NARAL and Planned Parenthood (contact Jackie Barbosa at email@example.com)
Not Well Behaved Women: 18 authors supporting the Center for Reproductive Rights (contact AC James at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Liberate: 17 authors supporting reproductive equality (contact BBB publishing at BBBpublishings@gmail.com)
Dissent: 150 authors supporting Planned Parenthood, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice (contact Nicole French at email@example.com)
Girls Just Wanna Have Fundamental Rights: 35 authors supporting abortionfunds.org (contact Shannon O’Connor at Shannon@shanoconnor.com)
Hell Hath No Fury: 40 authors supporting charities fighting for reproductive rights (contact Anne Malcolm at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Resolve: 11 authors supporting the National Network of Abortion Funds (contact Lainey Davis at email@example.com)
Read more about our cause at the National Network of Abortion Funds.
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