What is Choice?
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Reproductive Justice is the complete physical, mental, spiritual, political, economic, and social well-being of women and girls. It will be achieved when every person has the economic, social, and political power and resources to make healthy decisions about their bodies, sexuality and reproduction, families, and communities in all areas of their lives.
Championed by young women and women of color, the reproductive justice framework is based upon the right to have children, to not have children, and to parent the children we have in safe and healthy environments.
Reproductive justice broadens our understanding of choice. It represents "a shift for women advocating for control of their bodies, from a narrower focus on legal access and individual choice to a broader analysis of racial, economic, cultural, and structural constraints on our power” (SisterSong). It goes beyond an individual woman’s legal right to reproductive health care services and addresses issues such as economic justice, the environment, immigrants’ rights, disability rights, and discrimination based on race and sexual orientation.
NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon can no longer look at choice as an isolated issue. If we are to truly guarantee every woman the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, we must consider the factors that impact, affect, and shape choice.
Please visit SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective’s website to learn more about the folks who started the RJ movement, and the incredible work they are doing in our communities.
Also, be sure to check out our Equity Statement!