Reproductive justice gives people control over all aspects of life
As Reproductive Justice (RJ) organizations, we operate under a human rights frame that all people have the right to control their bodies, sexuality, gender, work and reproduction. Reproductive Justice will only be achieved when all people, of all immigration statuses, have the agency, economic, social, and political power and resources to define and make decisions about our bodies, health, sexuality, families, and communities in all areas of our lives with dignity and self-determination. We center the needs, perspectives and solutions of people of color.
In March 2019, Intersections of Our Lives released new polling data that demonstrates the growing power of Black, Latina, Asian American and Pacific Islander women voters. This new research follows the 2018 midterm election where women of color voted at historic levels.
The poll demonstrates that women of color voters overwhelmingly concerned about the state of the country (75 percent) and believe that the stakes were to high not to vote in the 2018 election (88 percent). Importantly, a majority of women of color are paying close attention to the actions of their elected officials and want to see progress made on the issues they care about – including access to clean water, access to affordable health care and ending racial discrimination.
Women of color are the backbone of the economy of the United States. As 22% of the labor force, women of color do the critical work that allows out our country to thrive. However, many barriers to our economic security remain and vast numbers of women of color have yet to receive the promise of shared prosperity. These disparities impact women of color themselves, their families and their communities.
The hopes of immigrant women are reproductive justice hopes. Whether to seek a better life for themselves and their families, or whether to escape violence and other crises, over 20 million immigrant women and girls live in the United States today, five million of whom are undocumented.