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Reproductive Justice

Learn about and advocate for reproductive justice for all.

USOW believes that everyone should have complete autonomy to decide what is best for their own body, livelihood, and future. Abortion is an essential part of reproductive justice which includes gender-affirming healthcare, contraception, assisted reproductive services, HIV care, pregnancy care, parenting resources, and more. 

Attacks on reproductive justice are inextricably linked to white supremacy. There is a long history of the ways that reproductive freedom has been denied to women. There is also an important history of the ways that women, led by Black women, have built movements to liberate themselves and reclaim their bodily autonomy. Access to safe and legal abortion for pregnant people is essential for true gender and racial justice.

 ABORTION RIGHTS 

Nearly one in four women in the United States will have an abortion by the age of 45. The landmark 1973 Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade, affirmed that access to safe and legal abortion is a constitutional right. 

Still, every day state governments are working to pass restrictive abortion laws and trying to overturn Roe v. Wade; This is dangerous for everyone.

  • Before Roe v. Wade, illegal abortions caused at least 1 in 6 pregnancy-related deaths.
  • Restrictions on accessible abortion disproportionately harm Black Indigenous, and Latinx people, immigrants, low-income people, and LGBTQ people.
  • In just the past 10 years, lawmakers all across the country have passed more than 566 unnecessary restrictions on abortion. These lawmakers are infringing upon people’s decisions over their own bodies.
  • This year, over 561 abortion restrictions, including 165 abortion bans, have been introduced across 47 states.  

TEXAS S.B. 8

On September 1, 2021, S.B. 8 went into effect in Texas, making it the nation’s harshest, most extreme abortion restriction law. 

S.B. 8 bans abortions in Texas after six weeks of pregnancy — before many people even know they are pregnant. It also gives unprecedented power to private citizens to sue abortion providers and anyone else who helps someone access an abortion for a potential reward of at least $10,000. This means that anyone can sue physicians, clinics, aid groups, or even someone who gave a ride to an abortion appointment. 

Take Action

#RallyForAbortionJustice

We invite you to help us build a nationwide wave of power as we send the Supreme Court and lawmakers across the country a clear, unified message. This attack on abortion access will not be tolerated. The authoritarian agenda of reproductive control is fueled by misogyny and racism – and we must challenge it, together. That’s why we’re taking action on October 2, 2021.

Make an Impact

Here is a growing list of steps you can take to protect abortion rights for people across the country. 

Keep Learning

Here are some resources to learn more about Reproductive Justice.