Women in the southeastern US deal with reproductive health challenges including high sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV incidence rates, sex education misinformation, and policy restrictions on comprehensive reproductive health services. Our coalition takes a comprehensive approach to reproductive health - from comprehensive sex education to pregnancy intention, reproductive life planning and infertility. Additionally, we look at reproductive health from an equity lens with an understanding that optimal reproductive health must incorporate intersectional approaches, along with eliminating disparities and reproductive coercion.
Healthy People 2020 focuses on using health indicators that seek to improve reproductive and sexual health in the U.S. by eliminating health disparities, reducing rates of infectious diseases and infertility, and increasing educational attainment, career opportunities, and financial stability. Click here to learn more and receive the latest data.
With all the enthusiasm around long-activing reversible contraception (LARCs) promotion, health providers should exercise caution and be mindful to not undermine women’s reproductive autonomy. Women of color are at particular risk. “Women or LARC First?” Reproductive Autonomy and the Promotion of Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptive Methods presents a clear perspective on this issue. Click here to retrieve the PubMed citation.
The Center for Reproductive Rights in partnership with SisterSong: Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health developed the report Reproductive Injustice: Racial and Gender Discrimination in U.S. Healthcare. This report evaluates the U.S. record on addressing racial and gender discrimination in sexual and reproductive health care. Additionally it focus on the need for policy change as well as proactive measures to address the structural forms of discrimination that inhibit the ability of women of color and immigrant women to exercise their human right to health.
The Reproductive Justice framework is rooted in the recognition of the histories of reproductive oppression and abuse in all communities. The central theme of the Reproductive Justice framework is a focus on the control and exploitation of women’s bodies, sexuality and reproduction as an effective strategy of controlling women and communities, particularly those of color. Click here to access the report developed by Strong Families (formerly Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice) on the difference between the reproductive health, reproductive rights, and reproductive justice frameworks.