Reproductive Justice sheds light on how race, gender, class, sexuality and institutions work together to either uplift or oppress a woman’s ability with reproductive life decision making. By using a justice framework we acknowledge and make known that racial, gender and class oppression cannot be viewed as single or separate entities or incidents but must be considered together as multi-layered contributors to our personal and community health.
Reproductive Justice creates space to build a movement that is inclusive of social justice, environmental justice, critical public policy, and addresses social determinants to health as well the intersections for decision making by women and girls. It brings into conversation the empowerment process, influences of history, media bias and controlled resource distribution that impede our access to health care services and treatment. A key factor in achieving positive non-coerced reproductive decision-making is the respect that comes with quality culturally competent gender and age appropriate affordable care.
Reproductive Justice brings focus to a complete woman and girl, not as silos isolated by funding streams or special interest. Reproductive Justice insists that justice will only be achieved when women and girls have the power and resources to make healthy, informed, non-coerced decisions about our bodies,
sexuality and families.