Disability rights are a critical reproductive justice issue, and yet reproductive rights movements often fall short in acknowledging the lived experiences and basic human needs of people with disabilities. The disability rights and reproductive movements are inextricably intertwined – we are all working for autonomy, dignity, and justice.
Too often disability rights issues are only considered as something in opposition to abortion, as with the spate of Down Syndrome-specific abortion bans proposed at the state level. However, the issues are much broader. People with disabilities encounter systemic barriers in accessing reproductive and sexual healthcare. Discrimination in jobs, housing, and schooling deny people with disabilities and their families the right to live in safe and healthy communities. And let’s be real – how many of the activist events you attend have been designed with accessibility in mind?
Confirmed speakers include:
- Amanda McRae, Director of United Nations Advocacy, Women Enabled International
- David Perry, Journalist
- Jack Qu’emi Gutiérrez, Abortion Storyteller, We Testify