Abortion Access and Contraceptive Equity: A Matter of Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice

By Dr. Krystal Redman

As we work progressively in the fight towards social and economic equality, we must continue to include the argument of sexual and reproductive justice in order to takes steps towards achieving complete contraceptive equity, which includes access to safe and affordable abortion services. Contraceptive equity is the freedom to choose the contraceptive choice that works best for oneself. Furthermore, that all options are available and affordable, including access to adequate information regarding choice and patient-centered medical guidance. Contraceptive equity is only achieved through reproductive justice. In that, reproductive justice looks at the interconnectivity-transformational framework that links health, sexuality, and human rights to the social justice movement. Reproductive justice means having complete bodily autonomy over ones reproductive and sexual health, with supporting policies and legislation in place that protects an individual’s decision over their body. Meaning, all individuals should have the right and ability to access the contraceptive method they chose is best for them.

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Trans Justice is Reproductive Justice

Trans Justice is Repro Justice21 trans women, largely trans women of color and many of them Black, have been murdered in the United States in 2015. In death, they’ve been mis-gendered, deadnamed, shamed and blamed for their murder, and denied self-determination. From mainstream media to elected officials, even our progressive movements, their struggles have remained largely invisible.  Business as usual.

According to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs’ Report on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and HIV-affected hate violence, in 2014 50% of homicide victims were transgender women of color, transgender people of color were 6.2 times more likely to experience police violence, and 1.6 times more likely to experience physical violence. We know that across the board, trans people of color, particularly Black trans folks, are more likely to experience discrimination and violence in housing, employment, and healthcare. Simply put, trans communities of color are in a state of emergency. Enough is enough.

On #BlackTransLiberationTuesday, SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW! stands in solidarity with our Black trans friends, lovers, colleagues, and accomplices in the fight for justice and liberation of all our communities. We condemn the senseless violence and constant devaluing of your lives. We uplift and name the ways in which trans women of color, particularly Black trans women, disproportionately face the brunt of this racist, sexist, transphobic, transmisogynist world. We speak your names. We affirm that Trans Justice is Reproductive Justice. We must fight for Black Trans Lives.

We call their names . . .

Papi Edwards. Lamia Beard. Ty Underwood. Yazmin Vash Payne. Taja DeJesus. Penny Proud. Bri Golec. Kristina Gomez Reinwald. Keyshia Blige. Vanessa Santillan. Mya Hall. London Chanel. Mercedes Williamson. Jasmine Collins. India Clarke. K.C. Haggard. Amber Monroe. Shade Schuler. Kandis Capri. Elisha Walker. Tamara Dominguez.

We remember you.  We love you. We honor your memory by fighting for those left behind to build a future free from violence!

In community power,

The SPARK Family


 

Two Ways to Take Action NOW!

Raise your consciousness: 24 Actions You NEED to Take to Help Trans Women of Color Survive

Raise your voice: Find a #BlackTransLiberationTuesday event in your area!

If you’re in Atlanta, show up tonight at Underground Atlanta, 50 Upper Alabama St, Atlanta, GA to show your support and love for Black trans people, especially Black trans women. Facebook Event

Celebrate with SPARK!

You are cordially invited to celebrate our newly re-opened space, the great work of our dedicated staff, and to meet our new Executive Director, Dr. Krystal Redman.

Join us as we honor this new chapter at SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW! and discuss the latest and greatest of what we’ve been up to!

SPARK in 2015

When & Where
Thursday, September 3, 2015 @ 6:00PM – 8:00PM
250 Georgia Hill Ave, Suite 207C, ATL, GA 30312

RSVP Requested by Monday, August 31st!

Light refreshments and beverages will be provided!

We look forward to seeing you soon,

The SPARK Family