Access to the Full Range of Reproductive Choices Is…

By Dana Walrath


This comic was set into motion, after the SCOTUS leak, when guest editor Rowena Richie sent Dana this quotation from Sima Belmar: “Miscarriage, abortion, fertility treatments, birth, motherhood, losing a child–we dance through all these experiences.”

Presented as a two-page spread that resembles a board game—a combination of chess, with alternating black and white squares, and a choose your own adventure map— with arrows that direct the reader down or across from a given square.

Sensitive Content: Visual and written references to reproductive rights, abortion, isolation and gun violence

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This article appeared in the Summer 2022 issue of In Dance.

Dana Walrath practices a border crossing blend of creative writing, comics, art, and anthropology. Her award-winning works include Aliceheimer’s, a graphic memoir about her mother’s dementia journey, Like Water on Stone, a verse novel about the Armenian genocide, and The Book of Genocides, an interactive art installation that uses artists books to counter dehumanization and genocide. Her comics, poetry, and essays have appeared in places such as The Lancet, Irish Times, Slate, Foreign Policy, and on Public Radio. She has shared her work on the healing power of story throughout North America and Eurasia including two TEDx talks. A Fulbright Scholar and Atlantic Fellow with work spanning the entire life cycle, other recent projects include the libretto for the Aliceheimer’s chamber opera, the picture book I Am a Bird, and a contribution to the anthology Menopause: A Comic Treatment a double Eisner Award winner and New York Times Best Graphic Novel of 2020.