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Black Women were the Founders of the Reproductive Justice Movement

Did you know that the term Reproductive Justice was coined by Women of Color in the 1990s?

Reproductive Justice is the right to have children, not to have children, and to parent children in healthy and safe environments. The Women of African Descent for Reproductive Justice created this term because they were dissatisfied with the limited focus on “choice” that characterized reproductive rights activism (mainly led by middle and upper-class white women). The women drafted a statement, addressed to “members of Congr