Reproductive Justice is Survivor Justice
As the rights of our communities may be erased or overturned, we are reminded that every fight for reproductive justice, gender justice, trans rights, and fundamental human rights is a fight for survivor justice.
Reproductive justice, as defined by SisterSong, is the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, and plan and raise families in safe and sustainable communities. The potential overturn of Roe v. Wade isn’t just about denying legal and safe abortions. This decision, if made final, will open the door to more rollbacks on reproductive and gender-affirming care, including birth control, family planning, and privacy rights. Its rippling effects will be to the detriment of all groups and sectors, and will most deeply impact LGBTQ+, trans, Black and Brown communities, and working-class communities.
Survivor justice imagines a world where survivors are believed and resourced to heal. Survivor justice imagines a world free from sexual violence through the consistent commitment to agency, autonomy and consent. The fight for reproductive justice and survivor justice are intricately interconnected as both are working to advance a world abundant with care, resources, and choices.
Reproductive Justice is Survivor Justice Teach-In
me too. International hosted a virtual Teach-In via Zoom to discuss the connection between reproductive justice and survivor justice. Watch below!
On Juneteenth weekend, we took to the streets of Washington D.C. to attend Black Bodies for Black Power, a mass mobilization to express our collective outrage and shared commitment to the fight for abortion access with Black Feminist Future, SisterSong: Women of Color Collective, and many cross movement partners. We are committed to following the leadership of Black-led reproductive justice organizations in this moment, and are thankful for their brave visions towards collective freedom.