Reproductive Justice (RJ) is both a movement and a social framework
SisterSong (a leading and founding RJ organization) defines RJ as “the human right to maintain, personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities.” Awareness of and interest in RJ is spreading rapidly, and many nurses and nursing students want to figure out how to bring RJ into nursing practice, and ways to support and join with others in building a strong, intersectional RJ movement.
There are many resources available for learning (and teaching) about RJ. RhN has compiled this short list to help nurses and nurse educators learn more; many of them are also appropriate for introducing nursing students to the concept. This list is far from exhaustive, and we welcome your feedback and additional suggestions to make it better!
- Reproductive Justice: A New Vision for the 21st Century By Loretta Ross and Rickie Solinger
- Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organizing for Reproductive Justice By Jael Silliman, Marlene Gerber Fried, Loretta Ross, and Elena Gutierrez
- Reproductive Justice: The Politics of Health Care for Native American Women 1st Edition By Barbara Gurr
- Reproductive Justice Briefing Book: A Primer on Reproductive Justice and Social Change, 2007. A collection of primers on the intersection of reproductive justice with social issues and issues related to the provision of healthcare for women. At the end of each paper, the author provides links for more resources for the topic covered in the primer.
- SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective has been a key leader (and founder) of the RJ movement. Their page “What is Reproductive Justice” provides a succinct overview and “herstory” of RJ.
- The Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center (NAWHERC) has a dedicated Reproductive Justice Program that brings awareness to reproductive justice issues encountered by indigenous women. The website provides a wide variety of reports, healthcare guidelines, and videos that highlight these issues.
- Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice has compiled a number of advocacy resources to help advance reproductive justice through community organizing and movement building.
- “Silent Choices,” by Faith Pennick. This video provides a historical perspective of reproductive justice through the lens of abortion and its impact on the African American community. The video can be purchased or rented with university and non-profit organization rates. A companion study guide can be downloaded for free.
- The Reel Reproductive Justice Story: These eight independent documentaries highlight how women in diverse communities are forced to make healthcare decisions that impact their health, their families, and their communities. Chicken and Egg Productions has recently partnered with Medical Students for Choice to host a “Reel Reproductive Justice Medical School Tour.” These films can be used with nursing students too!
- Connections: A Biannual Publication of Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, “Reproductive Justice” Issue, Summer 2013 Issue, Vol 17
- The Western States Center has put together a movement building curriculum, “We are BRAVE: Building Reproductive Autonomy and Voices for Equity! A Manual for Organizations of Color to Champion Abortion Coverage and Reproductive Justice,” with training modules that include trainers’ notes, case scenarios, discussion topics and handouts. Each module focuses on a different issue within the reproductive justice movement.