Starting Date: 02-24-2017
Ending Date: 02-25-2017
Norman, Oklahoma 73019
United StatesWhy do we talk about poverty and race when we discuss abortion? Incarceration? Oil pipelines and toxic waste dumps?
The answer is simple: each of those issues, and many more, are the focus of the reproductive justice movement. Abortion services and other forms of reproductive health care are not isolated from social factors and histories that influence the access and discussion surrounding them. SisterSong, a reproductive justice collective made by women of color, first coined the term:
“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.
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.”
Geographical Scope: State