What Is Reproductive Justice?

Becker Stevens, Angi

Date Written:  01/05/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX21590

Reproductive justice means having full control over all aspects of our sexual and reproductive lives, which means an end to all sexual violence.



Reproductive justice is a framework conceived of by women of color, defined by the core belief that every woman has the right to decide if and when she will have a baby, to decide if she will not have a baby, and to parent the children she already has in a safe environment and healthy community, without the threat of either interpersonal or state violence.

Reproductive justice means not only that abortion remains legal, but that all women - including poor women, who are disproportionately likely to also be women of color - actually have access to it. That means free abortion, available close to home and without barriers like mandatory waiting periods, invasive ultrasounds, or required parental consent.
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