Background on Abortion
This guide focuses on providing resources to improve access to abortion, but abortion is just one component of the sexual and reproductive life course. Equal access to all pregnancy options is critical for individuals and the measure of such access should be considered through a reproductive justice framework.
A reproductive justice framework views reproductive choice through both human rights and social justice lenses. The term “reproductive justice” encompasses the full range of reproductive desires – including the right to be supported when choosing to have a child as well as when choosing not to have a child.
While the definition has evolved over time, reproductive justice can be achieved when all people have the social, political and economic power and resources to make decisions about their health, bodies, sexuality and families for themselves and their community. As described in one foundational document, the reproductive justice framework recognizes that “women’s ability to exercise self-determination – including in their reproductive lives – is impacted by power inequities inherent in our society’s institutions, environment, economics, and culture.”
Additional resources on reproductive justice include:
- A New Vision for advancing our movement for reproductive health, reproductive rights, and reproductive justice from Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice/Forward Together
- Why is Reproductive Justice Important for Women of Color? from SisterSong, Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective
- Reproductive Justice Virtual Library from the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice
- Marching toward reproductive justice: Coalitional (re)Framing of the March for Women’s Lives by Zakiya Luna
- A call to incorporate a reproductive justice agenda into reproductive health clinical practice and policy by Melissa Gilliam, Amy Neustadt, and Rivka Gordon