Reproductive justice as a framework and practice was developed by Black women, but it is a movement that everyone should be engaged in.
Discussions like this demonstrate how issues usually considered separate are outcomes of the same systems of domination and oppression.
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In October, the Black Studies department at the University of Missouri - Columbia held its annual conference. Participants included scholars, advocates, community organizers, doulas, midwives, and nurses.
On average, Black women are 3 to 4 times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than white women, regardless of wealth or education; Black babies are twice as likely to die in their first year of life than white babies. Missouri’s average maternal and infant mortality rates are on par with this national average.
On April 4, Reproaction was invited by Lincoln University’s STEM Alliance and Sociology Club to continue our Black Women in Activism series discussion on addressing racial health disparities as part of their Brown Bag Lecture series.
Improvements in pregnancy-related health must include those not being cared for adequately by our medical system. Essentially: if you want to understand what’s going wrong with pregnancy in Arkansas, listen to Black women.
We launched our #WeLoveAbortion photo campaign on Valentine’s Day, and we continue promoting the images on our social media platforms.
Black Women in Activism is Reproaction’s new event series centering the reproductive justice work of Black women in Missouri.
The best thing that came out of the screening was an expressed desire by all attendees to further the conversation of how local barriers to access to reproductive health could be addressed.
Diane Burkholder is a cisgender, queer, mixed race, Black feminist community organizer. She’s a non-profit professional with more than 15 years experience in building the capacity of grassroots organizations and social service agencies.
Over a dozen attendees showed up in good spirits, excited to engage in a discussion centered on the importance of access to contraception and abortion for women who want or need them.