In this new series, The more you know, the better you do, our summer intern Amber Byrd will look at different concepts that impact the fight for reproductive freedom in Ohio. First off, we’re going to look at a topic near and dear to our mission: Reproductive Justice.
What is Reproductive Justice?
The Reproductive Justice movement was founded in 1994 by Black women activists to focus on political, social, and economic inequalities that hinder the ability to access proper reproductive healthcare.
It’s not just about choice, but it’s about access.
Reproductive Justice is intersectional. This means it focuses on the issues of race, socioeconomic status, and gender identity in relation to access to care.
Why it matters
Racism and discrimination have continued to disadvantage Black and POC, creating income inequality, fueling discrimination, and underfunding areas that minority populations inhabit.
This is most apparent in health disparities. Black women are 3 to 4 times more likely die from pregnancy complications. Race is not a risk factor, but racist practices in the healthcare system are.
This is a systemic issue. In 2019, over 300 abortion restrictions were introduced across the United States. Restrictions further harm communities impacted by systemic racism. Everyone deserves access.
- National Women’s Law Center
- The Open Society Foundations
- Pregnancy-related deaths, Centers for Disease Control
In the next step in the series, we will look at intersectionality!
About the author
My name is Amber Byrd. I am a second-year doctoral student studying Sociology (Medical Sociology and Social Inequality) at Case Western Reserve University. I am a summer intern at NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio. I will be presenting a series of information about reproductive justice and issues facing the Black body. In the age of Black Lives Matter, it is important to understand the lasting effects of systemic racism and how it pertains to reproductive justice and reproductive health. I will present this information through a series of fact sheets that will be published once a week. I hope you will join me in learning more about this extremely important topic. It is important that we all work together to create a more equitable future for the current and future generations.