Reclaiming Control: The History and Future of Choice in Our Health
Monday, May 27th, 2024

This five-part series, Reclaiming Control: The History and Future of Choice in Our Health, examines how healthcare in the US has been built on the principle of imposing control over body, mind, and expression. The Supreme Court’s overturn of Roe v. Wade—which stripped millions of people with uteruses of bodily autonomy—is just the latest knot in a historical thread that includes experimentation on the enslaved, forced sterilization, and stolen stem cells. However, that legacy stands alongside another: that of organizers, healers, and careworkers reclaiming control over health at both the individual and systems levels. Published in five monthly installments from July to November 2022, this series aims to spark imagination amongst NPQ‘s readers and practitioners by speaking to both histories, combining research with examples of health liberation efforts.