Reproductive Justice is a framework in which the right to have an abortion is one piece of a much larger struggle for justice and rights. Created for and by women of color two decades ago, it is based on the Universal Declaration Of Human Rights.
SisterSong, a Women Of Color Reproductive Justice Coalition, first articulated the concept of RJ “at a Black women’s caucus in 1994 that merged the concepts of reproductive rights + social justice = reproductive justice.”
The reproductive justice framework – the right to have children, not have children, and to parent the children we have in safe and healthy environments — is based on the human right to make personal decisions about one’s life, and the obligation of government and society to ensure that the conditions are suitable for implementing one’s decisions is important for women of color. […]
Reproductive justice emerged as an intersectional theory highlighting the lived experience of reproductive oppression in communities of color. It represents a shift for women advocating for control of their bodies, from a narrower focus on legal access and individual choice (the focus of mainstream organizations) to a broader analysis of racial, economic, cultural, and structural constraints on our power.
We encourage you to read the entire SisterSong page about the history and definition of the concept of reproductive justice.
WE WILL NOT YIELD is a night to highlight and give a Texas-sized platform to the many different reproductive justice organizations doing the hard, on-the-ground work right at this moment.