All of us deserve to make our own decisions about our bodies, health, sexuality, and  whether and when to have children with dignity and autonomy and to raise the family we have in a safe, healthy environment. But communities of color face a unique set of barriers—not only to abortion and birth control access but also to the ability to raise their families in safe, healthy environments.

What’s at Stake Today

In order to achieve full equality for people of color we must address the intersecting forms of social, economic, and political oppression that shape the lives of individuals and communities. Reproductive justice affirms the right to decide if and when to have children, as well as the right to parent the children you already have in safe, healthy environments. The Reproductive Justice (RJ) movement was founded more than 20 years ago by a group of visionary Black women and centers the experiences and leadership of communities that are most affected by oppression.

 

What’s NWLC Doing?

We work in solidarity with the individuals and organizations at the forefront of the reproductive justice movement. We’re fighting laws—such as the Hyde Amendment—that disproportionately harm women of color in restricting reproductive freedom. And we champion policies that promote the well-being and economic security of women and families in all areas of their lives, from access to abortion and birth control to workplace protections for pregnant people, to affordable child care, to a higher federal minimum wage, to equal pay, to tax credits for working families.