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Reproductive Justice

Reproductive justice is an analytical framework or theory, a movement, and a practice that works to protect and guarantee women's rights and the full achievement of human rights. In 1994, a group of diverse women of color expanded the conversation about abortion access to encompass a broader understanding of the reproductive needs of women of color, and their connections to other community needs and lived experiences. Reproductive justice is defined as “the complete physical, mental, spiritual, political, economic, and social well-being of women and girls that will be achieved when women and girls have the economic, social, and political power and resources to make healthy decisions about their bodies, sexuality and reproduction for themselves, their families, and their communities" (Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice). Reproductive justice is not only about the act of reproducing, but expands the conversation about overall sexual health as it relates to the other complex and intersecting identities individuals may be living. This includes and centers the lives and experiences of people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and people with disabilities.

"One of the key problems addressed by Reproductive Justice is the isolation of abortion from other social justice issues that concern communities of color: issues of economic justice, the environment, immigrants’ rights, disability rights, discrimination based on race and sexual orientation, and a host of other community-centered concerns." - SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective

"Reproductive justice for HIV-positive women means upholding our full spectrum of sexual and reproductive rights, including our right to choose when and how to be sexual and when or whether to have children and the information to make an informed decision. Reproductive Justice also extends to parenting and custody rights, which are often taken away from women living with HIV." - Positive Women’s Network, USA