Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015: Speak For Yourself! Reproductive Justice

How Black Women are Reclaiming the Conversation About Abortion.

"No mother should have to give birth, raise a child, and then worry about whether or not a police force which is designed to protect and serve is going to instead harass and murder their child." Marcela Howell

We are proud to announce our collective partnership in forming In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, an organizational initiative designed to amplify and lift up the voices of Black women at national and regional levels in our ongoing fight to secure reproductive justice for all women and girls. (Shutterstock)

Kate interviews Marcela Howell, strategic director of In Our Own Voice: National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda.  The new collaborative by five Black women's organizations seeks to reframe the discussion about abortion and reproductive choice to foreground the experience and voices of Black women.

In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda is a partnership between Black Women for Wellness, Black Women’s Health Imperative, New Voices Pittsburgh, SisterLove, SPARK Reproductive Justice Now and Communications Consortium Media Center. The initiative will focus on abortion rights and access, contraceptive equity, and comprehensive sex education as our key policy issues. As a Reproductive Justice initiative, we will approach these issues from a human rights perspective, incorporating the intersections of race, gender, class, sexual orientation, and gender identity with the situational impacts of economics, politics, and culture that make up the lived experiences of Black women in this country.

Reproductive justice has always meant for Black women not only the right to not have a child but also the right to have a child in a safe and healthy environment because there were so many other issues preventing Black women from having children such as forced sterilization, government sanctions and other things. Reproductive justice embodies criminal justice issues, environmental issues, economic issues, and workplace issues.

Howell discusses HR7 which prohibits funding for abortion care for poor women. This blocks access to a legal medical procedure for poor women most of whom are Black women. Listen now or Get MP3. 12:38 min.

You can reach Marcela Howell at, or tweet her at #blackwomensrj.

Click here to listen to entire show. 59:50 min.

Also on today's show:
The Vagina Monologues
Dhaya Lakshminarayanan

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