Reproductive Justice for Women of Color

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Reproductive justice is a battle women of color have been fighting for a significant amount of time.  In order to fight for these rights, women of color have created several different organizations and groups.  I recently came across one group in particular, Voice of Our Own, which is a Nationally recognized group whose agenda is fighting for and raising awareness for the reproductive justice for women of color.  This organization clearly reminded me of our reading of Jael Sillman’s “Women of Color and Their Struggle for Reproductive Justice”.  In this piece the struggle for women of color is summarized by saying, “the external challenges confronting communities of color and constraining their reproduction are — population control, sterilization abuse, unsafe contraceptive, welfare reform, the criminalization of women who use drugs and alcohol during pregnancy, and coercive and intrusive family planning programs and policies.”  The website for Voice of Our Own outlines their mission statement saying it is “to amplify and lift up the voices of Black women at the national and regional levels in our ongoing fight to secure Reproductive Justice for all women and girls.” They take pride in fighting for 4 rights in particular 1) Abortion Rights 2) Contraceptive Equity 3) Reproductive Justice 4) Comprehensive Sex Education.  I perused this website for awhile and loved the balance of fighting for equality, while also stressing education as another way to reach equality.  As a current student, I easily see the importance of education and the impact that it has on the way I think and the way I act.  I believe that this initiative to educate is not only unique, but incredibly important for the growth and success for reproductive justice for women of color.