What is Choice?
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Because of economic and social factors, many women do not have equal access to quality reproductive health care or the ability to exercise their rights and make the best decisions for themselves and their families. Policies that make it more difficult and costly to obtain abortion, birth control, prenatal care, or quality reproductive health care in general have a much greater impact on low-income or otherwise disadvantaged women. When anti-choice politicians can't take away all women's reproductive rights, they attack the rights and health of the most vulnerable women and families first -- and often they succeed. That's wrong.
Reproductive justice is a framework that links reproductive health and freedom with social justice and human rights, and puts reproductive rights in the context of other issues that affect women's mental, spiritual, political, economic, and social well-being and their ability to control and determine their reproductive lives.
NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia embraces a reproductive justice framework in our efforts to protect and expand the full range of reproductive rights for all Virginians, regardless of their race, income, age, ability, gender identity or sexual orientation, or other factors. We strive to work in coalition with other allied organizations and activists at the intersection of these issues.
Please visit these organizations' websites to learn more:
- SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective
- Trust Black Women
- Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice
- National Organization for Women's Reproductive Justice Page
- Law Students for Reproductive Justice
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