We believe that bodily autonomy and empowerment are at the core of Black women’s rights to obtain safe and legal abortions. Trusting Black women to make their own decisions about their own bodies is critical to advancing Reproductive Justice. Pre-Roe configurations that place that decision in the hands of “a woman and her doctor,” or “a woman and her spouse” or “a woman and her minister” may have temporary political saliency, but they ignore the historical oppression associated with Black women’s lives when it comes to controlling our reproductive health.
Over eight in ten African Americans view contraceptives as part of women’s basic health care. And 94 percent believe that “publicly funded heath care should include birth control for low-income people if they want it.”
Reproductive Justice (RJ) means the human right to control our sexuality, our gender, our work, and our reproduction. That right can only be achieved when all women and girls have the complete economic, social, and political power and resources to make healthy decisions about our bodies, our families, and our communities in all areas of our lives.
Comprehensive Sex Education
Young Black women and men have the right to lead healthy lives. Providing them with honest, age appropriate comprehensive sexual health education is an important part in helping them take personal responsibility for their health and well-being.