Reproductive Justice (RJ) is an important part of preventing sexual violence. It is a framework founded by Black women in 1994 who felt the current movement of reproductive choice failed to reflect the needs of women of color and other marginalized women and trans people. RJ is rooted in social justice in that it centers marginalized identities and their intersections, ensuring access to the resources. As well as the economic, social, and political power to make informed and healthy decisions about their bodies, sexuality, and reproduction.
RJ expanded the existing understanding of reproductive choice, which focused mostly on a white, cis woman’s ability to end an unintended pregnancy, to be more inclusive of anyone who can get pregnant, as well as support people with the families they already have. RJ is more than just about choice; it is about access. While choice is certainly an important part of reproductive justice, choice means little when someone has no access to abortion services. Due to the effects of racism and other forms of oppression, many women of color, and other marginalized people, are of low income and are unable to travel the potentially long distance for an abortion and other reproductive health care.
The women who founded the framework of RJ later named themselves Women of African Descent for Reproductive Justice, which three years later became SisterSong. SisterSong is the largest national, multi-ethnic reproductive justice organization.
SisterSong defines reproductive justice as “the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities”.
What Is Reproductive Justice? - Dr. Monica R. McLemore and Dr. Karen Scott
Queering Reproductive Justice: A Toolkit – The Task Force
Women of Color Issue Brief - Vawnet
Sex in the States - Sexetc.org
Choosing the Right Contraceptive – Planned Parenthood
Ensuring Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage in All U.S. Health Insurance Plans - Guttmacher Institute
How to get Emergency Contraception (In Person or Online) - Bedsider.org
Online Birth Control 2021 - The Strategist, nymag.com
LGBTQIA+ Safer Sex Guide: Pleasure, Preventive Care, Tips - Healthline.com
Healthy Sexuality & Young People - NSVRC
Sexual Behaviors in Childhood Guide - Sex Positive Families
Comprehensive Sex Education
Defining Comprehensive Sex Education - Guttmacher Institute
Sex Ed for Individuals with I/DD - NCIL.org
Sex and HIV Education - Guttmacher Institute
Health Educator Resource and Opportunities (HERO) Guide – Healthy Teen Network
Reproductive and Sexual Coercion: A Toolkit for Sexual & Domestic Violence Advocates - communitysolutionsva.org
Addressing IPV, Reproductive and Sexual Coercion - communitysolutionsva.org
Reproductive Justice Organizations / Websites
A New Vision for Advancing Our Movement for Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice – Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice