Reproductive Justice


While reproductive rights are often defined as a narrow set of issues related mostly to family planning and for or against abortion, the issues are in fact much broader. As an example, the Women Donors Network and the Communications Consortium Media Center, in their Moving Forward Initiative – an effort to reframe reproductive rights in ways consistent with the stated values and interests of a majority of voters – identified a variety of issues central to reproductive rights along with a particular set of policy goals: “access to comprehensive health care for women across the life-span; inclusion of a broad definition of material health and rights within the debates over health care reform and related policy; and full access to quality, affordable contraception and reproductive health services.”

And, as is true for many issues, the consequences of restrictive reproductive rights are unequally distributed by race/ethnicity. A recent infographic from the Guttmacher Institute describes ways in which reproductive health outcomes “reflect broader social and economic disparities.” The Institute also points out ways in which growing restrictions on reproductive rights disproportionately disadvantage women of color in the U.S., particularly by making contraception harder to access.

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