What is reproductive justice? 

Reproductive justice refers to the position that reproductive issues are social justice issues, and, further, that reproductive rights must be fought for through a commitment to broad scale social justice. Reproductive justice is simultaneously a social justice movement, an analytic, and a political position. The RJ framework emerged out of the activism of women of color who pointed out that the too singular focus on abortion by mainstream pro-choice groups did not address the complexity of reproductive issues faced by women of color. Beyond demanding that women have the legal right to have an abortion within our current system, RJ activists want to create a world where people have the necessary supports to have children, not have children, and raise children in the ways they want. 
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In short, reproductive justice activists work to abolish any restrictions that may hinder a woman's ability to utilize affordable reproductive services, as well as any systemic issues that deter women from making their ideal reproductive decisions. These issues include access to contraception, STD/STI testing, OB-GYN visits, and abortion, as well as addressing broader social issues such as poverty, unemployment, discrimination, and safety. 
For more information on reproductive justice, please visit our resources page.












Why does this matter here at Middlebury College?
Students at Middlebury have the right to know about and have access to reproductive resources available at and near the college.

This website is one component of a final project for GSFS0329: Politics of Reproduction taught by Dr. Carly Thomsen, created by group members Jenna Flug, Meg Knox, Sophia Allen, and Harper Baldwin. Additional information about our project and its different manifestations can be found under the "About Our Project" tab or by contacting any group members with questions or comments. Our respective emails are: 
jflug@middlebury.edu, mknox@middlebury.edu, sallen@middlebury.edu, and hlbaldwin@middlebury.edu.
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