It’s Time for Philanthropy to Think Differently about Reproductive Access
“Choice” in mainstream, predominately white-led reproductive rights discourse typically refers to the individual right to make one specific choice: whether (or not) to have an abortion.
A reproductive justice lens looks at the society surrounding that individual — not just at one choice, but at the multiple of choices that people should be able to make about their bodies and lives and why some groups of people have the right to do so while others do not.
Reproductive rights – and the availability of safe, legal and accessible abortions — are inexorably intertwined with economic justice, racial justice, immigrant rights and health equity. So is the expectation of safety – mental and physical.
Who gets to make which choices –– or gets a choice at all –– is a structural issue.
NCRP’s new focus on reproductive access and gendered violence in our Movement Investment Project continues our efforts in increasing philanthropic support for frontline groups combatting the structures that stand in the way of social justice.
We look forward to featuring the data, resources and movement leaders who are helping connect the dots and urge us to think differently about the nexus of reproductive access, race, class and inclusion.