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Learn More About Reproductive Justice

When many folks think about reproductive justice, they think about reproductive health care, specifically access to birth control and abortions. However, reproductive justice is about much more than that. The organization Forward Together defines it as “All people having the social, political, and economic power and resources to make healthy decisions about their gender, bodies, sexuality, and families for themselves and their communities.” And in this amazing article by KC Clements, the author writes, “It’s about the right to have access to safe, stigma-free reproductive health care and STI testing. It’s about the right to have a child if you wish to, and to be able to raise that child with adequate housing, funds, transportation, and health care. It’s about vulnerable populations, like the trans community and especially trans women of color, being able to live free from discrimination and violence including intimate partner violence. It’s about recognizing the long history of violence and forced sterilization against women of color that has been justified by a pro-birth control and pro-abortion agenda that centers white cisgender women.”

In short, reproductive justice isn’t just about reproductive health; it’s also about societal, cultural, and economic conditions, laws, systems, and norms that affect individuals and families - and their ability to thrive - in our communities.

While you're in the process of learning more about the domestic gag rule, consider taking some additional time to learn more about reproductive justice and all that it entails. Here are a few articles to get you started:



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