There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.Audre Lorde, civil rights activist
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What is the RJ Movement
Reproductive justice was founded and led by those pushed to the margins
Founded by Black women more than twenty years ago, reproductive justice (RJ) centers the engagement and leadership of those who experience the greatest reproductive health disparities and face the greatest barriers to reproductive freedom: women of color, low-income women, and transgender and gender-expansive people
The Reproductive Justice movement addresses the full spectrum of reproductive issues that impact people’s lives.
This includes the right to:
- access affordable and high-quality abortion, contraception, midwifery, doula care, and comprehensive sex education;
- be free from gender-based violence and criminal justice and immigration systems that disrupt the right to parent by tearing families apart; and
- live and work in an environment free of reproductive toxins.
How does it work?
Reproductive justice uses grassroots organizing, voter engagement, and community-based models to affect policy and systems change.
What is reproductive justice? The right to have a child, the right to not have a child, and the right to raise your children. Everyone should have that. It's not that hard to explain — it's just hard as hell to achieve.Loretta Ross, co-founder of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective
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