New York Coalition for Reproductive Justice

Shifting the narrative on how we speak, write & mobilize Reproductive Justice.

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Reproductive Justice

The framework, practice, and movement started by women of color (WoC) to ensure that people have the right to have a child/children in safe and sustainable environments. This WoC-centered movement both includes and moves beyond having the choice to have an abortion. It includes (among other things):

  • The natural environment is healthy to sustain people, from making sure that communities have access (financially, location-wise, transportation, etc.) to nutritious food for themselves and/or their families to making water rights stay in the public domain to holding governments and corporations accountable for air quality and land rights.
  • People and/or their families have the necessary societal support, from ensuring that abortion and birth control remain safe, legal, and affordable to those wanting them to paid family leave for those deciding to bring children into their lives (by birth, adoption, and/or other means) and jobs that pay a living wage to having full-spectrum healthcare and affordable childcare and schools with curricula designed to teach people to live in a polycultural world.
  • People have comprehensive, age-appropriate, and non-judgmental sex education, from the spectrum of sex and gender identity and expression to full explanations of all birth-control options, birthing options, family creations, and parenting.
  • Societies, their laws and policies, and their practices value people of (among others) all races/ethnicities; sexual and gender identities; socio-economic statuses; emotional, mental, and physical abilities; religious, spiritual, and/or philosophical practices; marital status; job/profession; so on. This entails ending racial/gender/religious profiling, housing and job discrimination and deportation (especially that tears apart families); ending media representations that center one dominant group’s stories and images to the exclusion/erasure/tokenization of others and/or consistently stereotypes marginalized peoples; ending the school-to-prison pipelines that disproportionately affects communities of color; ending violence against marginalized people, like trans women of color; extending the protections of the law, policies, and practices to families that do not conform to the heterosexual, cisgender couple-headed households.

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