Reproductive justice was coined by a group of Black women in 1994 in recognition that the Women’s Rights Movement, led by and representing white women, lacked a lens that could more equitably fight for the needs of Black, Indigenous, and women of color, and other marginalized people. Reproductive Justice looks at reproductive health and rights through a human rights and social justice framework.
Reproductive justice equally fights for:
- The right to have a child.
- The right not to have a child.
- The right to parent the children we have in safe and healthy conditions regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, immigration status, ability, or economic condition.
- The right to bodily autonomy.
A reproductive justice framework analyzes power systems, and addresses intersecting oppressions. Through a reproductive justice framework, we can begin to understand and dismantle the barriers that prevent people from being able to access health care, raise their families in safe communities, and make decisions about their health, their bodies, and their lives. Reproductive Justice cannot exist without self-determination.
Learn more in this video, Choice v. Access: Defining Reproductive Justice.