Reproductive Justice and ‘Choice': An Open Letter to Planned Parenthood


Read Planned Parenthood’s response to this open letter here.

Whether stemming from oversight or from deliberate exclusion, the New York Times story, “Advocates Shun ‘Pro-Choice’ to Expand Message,” and the Huffington Post essay, “We’re Fighting for Access, Not Choice,” suggests very clearly that Planned Parenthood did not inform the reporters of the long-term work of scores of reproductive justice organizations, activists, and researchers that have challenged the “pro-choice” label for 20 years. Many of us received feedback from the New York Times reporter, Jackie Calmes, confirming that this history was not presented to her by the mainstream reproductive rights organizations with which she spoke. This is not only disheartening but, intentionally or not, continues the co-optation and erasure of the tremendously hard work done by Indigenous women and women of color (WOC) for decades.

Indigenous women and women of color have a very rich history of understanding intersectionality well before it became a framework. In 1994, a room full of women of color worked on naming the specific injustices we all face on a daily basis, focusing specifically on creating a framework that would move us beyond the traditional pro-choice narrative and into the reality of our lived experiences as a rich, nuanced, and intersectional community. As a movement, we honor the Black women who named this groundbreaking shift as reproductive justice (RJ), especially as we at SisterSong prepare to celebrate the 20th anniversary this fall.

Although the coining of RJ did not explicitly name every injustice experienced by every oppressed group, we believe it was a catalyst that opened up the discussion of the intersection of justice and health that is experienced by a myriad of communities—the trans* community, undocumented youth, persons with disabilities, those who are incarcerated, sex workers, and those who are living with HIV, to name a few. We are seeing a sense of unity grow from the relationships built based on the shared experience of these communities. This growth simply would not have been possible under the pro-choice framing.

Over the past 20 years, RJ activists have changed the trajectory of the pro-choice movement and helped to inform and expand the analysis of reproductive issues in ways that are more inclusive of the lived experience of all marginalized communities that contribute significantly to major organizing and political victories.

Here are just a few examples of the successes of the RJ movement as well as some examples where RJ organizations have taken a leadership role in promoting reproductive health and rights in our communities:

March for Women’s Lives: In 2004, the leadership of reproductive justice organizations  (including the Black Women’s Health Imperative and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health) was the catalyst behind renaming the “March for Choice” as the “March for Women’s Lives” to better reflect the intersectionality of the lived experiences of all women. Because of this change, and the naming of Loretta Ross as a co-director of the march, WOC from across the nation participated and made this the largest march for women in the history of the United States.

Vision Papers on Reproductive Justice: In 2005, Forward Together (formerly Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice) published A New Vision for Advancing Our Movement for Reproductive Health, Reproductive Rights and Reproductive Justice, which provided a deeper analysis of the RJ framework that continues to be a valuable tool across movements today. Further, in 2006, the Center for American Progress (CAP) Women’s Health Leadership Network, which was comprised primarily of WOC leaders and RJ organizations, published More Than a Choice. This was an early effort to introduce RJ concepts to mainstream organizations.

Polling of Latino Community on Reproductive Health: Opinion research led by the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and the Reproductive Health Technologies Project, started in 2006 and continued into 2011, providing groundbreaking research on public opinion on abortion and how to talk about the issue with a range of communities. The research, which oversampled Black, Latino, and younger respondents, informed major shifts in the field, successful state and federal advocacy, and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA)’s own research, messaging, and outreach. This work included the largest-ever, comprehensive bilingual poll of Latino attitudes on abortion.

Race and Sex Selective Abortion Bans: The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum has been on the front lines of the race and sex selective abortion ban debate since 2009 and continues to provide in-depth and critical analysis on the impact of these bills on women of color and their potential to divide progressive movements and further chip away at Roe vs. Wade.

“Personhood” in Colorado: The Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR) has helped to lead several successful efforts to defeat “personhood” amendments in Colorado. In fact, this year’s “No 67″ campaign marks the fourth time that a Personhood USA-backed amendment and the third time that similar initiative will make an appearance on a Colorado ballot. COLOR has been heavily involved at the coalition level to ensure the Latino community is considered and at the forefront of messaging and field decisions. COLOR’s work has been directed at the coalition and community level on educating, advocating, and organizing communities to recognize the dangers of this type of legislation and vote against “personhood.” COLOR has engaged in an outreach strategy that includes running a cafecito series, organizing phone banks and door-to-door outreach, and serving as spokespeople at rallies and for English- and Spanish-language media.

Racist Billboard Abortion Campaigns: In early 2010, billboards stating “Black Children Are an Endangered Species” and “The Most Dangerous Place for a Black/Latino Child is in the Mother’s Womb” were erected in Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, Florida, Texas, California, Tennessee, and many other states attacking the dignity of Black women and Latinas who have abortions. RJ organizations led efforts nationally to raise awareness of these attacks and successfully removed these billboards from our communities, thus laying a solid foundation to counter future attacks. SisterSong also organized Black women from many different organizations, regions, and religious backgrounds to form the Trust Black Women Partnership to combat future attacks and also released the policy report Race, Gender and Abortion: How Reproductive Justice Activists Won in Georgia, which detailed how women of color and our allies defeated legislation that sought to expand abortion restrictions by linking race, gender, and abortion.

Louisiana’s “Crime Against Nature” Law (CANL): In March of 2012, Women With A Vision led a statewide effort that resulted in Louisiana’s CANL to be declared unconstitutional. This victory made it possible for hundreds of individuals who were over-criminalized due to race, sexual orientation, or their gender to have “crime against nature” by solicitation (CANS) convictions removed from their records. However, because of its bold work, Women With A Vision’s office, where they provide much-needed services, was firebombed after this victory.

Early Access to Abortion: In 2013, Black Women for Wellness and California Latinas for Reproductive Justice leadership, as part of a California statewide coalition, helped pass AB 154, one of the most far-reaching and progressive pieces of abortion rights legislation in the country. The groundbreaking research done by Black Women for Wellness, the Black Women’s Health Imperative, New Voices Pittsburgh, SisterSong, and SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW, in partnership with the Communications Consortium Media Center, on “African-American attitudes on abortion, contraception and teen sexual health,” provided valuable data to help persuade Black legislators and associations to support the legislation.

Albuquerque 20-Week Abortion Ban: Young Women United and Strong Families New Mexico were crucial in helping to defeat the Albuquerque ballot measure seeking to ban abortions after 20 weeks. This victory was a strong statement about the impact that WOC leadership has on abortion debates: shifting away from pro-choice language and creating messages that come from deeply held community values is a winning strategy. The victory also sent a strong message to anti-abortion groups who sought to use Albuquerque as a test site for future initiatives across the country.

Responding to Environmental Violence: The Native Youth Sexual Health Network has been instrumental in continuing to respond to the impacts of extractive industries including oil, gas, and mining on the sexual and reproductive health of Indigenous women, youth, and their communities. The network’s media arts justice campaigns, including “Connected to Body, Connected to Land” and “Our Bodies Are Not Terra Nullius,” have sparked a number of community-based initiatives to make the connections between violence on the land and violence on our bodies.

Medicaid Expansion for LGBTQ Communities: SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW released four fact sheets including expert legal analysis provided by the National Center for Lesbian Rights that outline the benefits of the Affordable Care Act and the impact of Medicaid expansion in Georgia for Black women and the Black LGBTQ community, as well as an infographic that looks at the impact of Medicaid expansion on the entire Black community in Georgia. Also, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (along with the Legal Aid Society and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP) recently filed a federal class action lawsuit against the New York State Department of Health on behalf of two trans* women who were denied medically necessary health-care coverage. In both states, organizations led by people of color are working against discriminatory and transphobic Medicaid exclusion within marginalized communities.

While much of this work has been in collaboration with Planned Parenthood and other mainstream organizations, women of color RJ organizations have sought to instill a reproductive justice framework into these fights—not always with the support of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America or its affiliates.

In fact, in 2011, when Planned Parenthood and other allies were given the opportunity to understand and work on the intersectionality of issues in Mississippi while working in partnership with SisterSong, the organization failed to step forward. The fight to defeat both the “personhood” and the voter identification amendment reflected a clear attack on the rights of Black women in the state. Yet, when urged to see the connection between reproductive health rights and voting rights, PPFA rejected the notion. As a result, “personhood” was defeated and the voter ID initiative passed, leaving Mississippi more vulnerable to new “personhood,” anti-abortion, and other discriminatory and counterproductive laws in the future.

As a result, we offered in-depth critique of Planned Parenthood’s single-issue organizing strategies, including Loretta Ross’ article, “Defeating Personhood: A Critical But Incomplete Victory for Reproductive Justice,” where she outlines a missed opportunity for PPFA.

We very much appreciate and recognize the health care Planned Parenthood provides, the struggle to keep those services funded, the danger staff face every day, and the many political attacks on its affiliates. However, RJ activists and organizations face grave challenges as well.

Marginalized communities know all too well how challenging it is to live in a world where we can be violated, killed, or criminalized just for the color of our skin, our gender identity, or who we love. We also know how difficult it is to provide the programs and services to our respective communities when we are all struggling for the same limited resources.

We believe that all of us will continue to face these grave challenges unless a strong and genuinely representative movement exists to demand and win reproductive justice for all people in the United States and abroad. And as we have seen, communities of color have consistently been a strong voting bloc for progressive issues.

As such, in the interest of helping PPFA to better understand the way the RJ framework has shaped the current landscape, to strengthen the relationships between the RJ movement and PPFA, and to work together to continue and build upon electoral and legislative successes, we request the following:

  1. A face-to-face meeting between executive directors of national WOC-led RJ organizations and PPFA leadership to formulate concrete strategies for moving forward in a collaborative manner that honors the strengths of all our organizations.
  2. A commitment to recognize by name the work of RJ organizations and refer to them whenever PPFA is asked to publicly comment on RJ, particularly to the media.
  3. A commitment to investigate and address how PPFA affiliates work with RJ organizations and the role they play in supporting or obstructing effective RJ organizing in their states and communities.

We look forward to building a strong partnership in the future, so that we can collectively work toward ensuring reproductive justice for all.

Sincerely,
Monica Simpson, Executive Director, SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective

Endorsed by the following organizations and individuals:

ACCESS Women’s Health Justice
Advocates for Youth
Black Women Birthing Justice
Black Women for Wellness
Black Women’s Health Imperative
California Latinas for Reproductive Justice
Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at UC Berkeley School of Law
Chicago Abortion Fund
Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program
Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights
Desiree Alliance
Forward Together
Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health
International Center for Traditional Childbearing
Law Students for Reproductive Justice
National Advocates for Pregnant Women
National Black Network for Reproductive Justice
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
National Network of Abortion Funds
National Women’s Health Network
Native Youth Sexual Health Network
New Voices Cleveland: Women of Color for Reproductive Justice
New Voices Pittsburgh: Women of Color for Reproductive Justice
Population and Development Program
Positive Women’s Network – USA
Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
Reproductive Health Technologies Project
SisterLove, Inc.
SisterReach
SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective
SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW
Surge NW
Tewa Women United
Third Wave Fund
URGE: Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity
Women With A Vision
WV FREE
Young Women United

Adaku Utah, Community Herbalist, Liberation Educator, and Organizer
Anastasia C.H. Scangas, Board Member, Chicago Abortion Fund
Angela Moreno, Board of Advisors, National Advocates for Pregnant Women
Betsy Hartmann, Professor of Development Studies, Hampshire College
Carol Mason, Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Kentucky
Carrie Baker, Associate Professor, Program for the Study of Women and Gender, Smith College
Dorothy Roberts, Professor of Africana Studies, Law & Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, and Chair, Board of Directors, Black Women’s Health Imperative
Elena Gutiérrez, Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Latino Studies, University of Illinois Chicago
Jasmine Burnett, Activist/Consultant, National Black Network for Reproductive Justice
Jeanne Flavin, Professor of Sociology, Fordham University
Joyce Follet, Historian, Sophia Smith Collection
Kelli Dorsey
Laura Briggs, Professor and Chair, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Marcela Howell, Policy and Communications Consultant
Marlene Gerber Fried, Professor of Philosophy, Hampshire College
Nancy Matthews, Board Member, Chicago Abortion Fund
Nia Robinson, National Black Network for Reproductive Justice
Paris Hatcher, National Black Network for Reproductive Justice and Black Feminist Future
Pat Zavella, Professor, Latin American & Latino Studies Department, University of California Santa Cruz
Reia Chapman, Activist, Social WOrker, SisterSong North Carolina Organizer
Renee Bracey Sherman, Activist and Author
Rickie Solinger, Historian and Senior Editor, Reproductive Justice Book Series, University of California Press
Sekile Nzinga-Johnson, Assistant Professor-Gender & Women’s Studies, University of Illinois-Chicago/Board Member, Chicago Abortion Fund
Tameshia Bridges Mansfield

This letter was collective endeavor and edited by various activists, scholars, and lawyers.

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  • Radiance Foundation

    No game of semantics will change the nature of an organization (Planned Parenthood) birthed in eugenic racism, population control and elitism. Sistersong is funded by the same population control entities that brought us race-based population control (namely, the Ford Foundation of which Cecile Richards is a Board Member). Equality is never achieved by causing the death of innocent human life. Ever. “Reproductive Justice” needs an encounter with “redemption justice”.

    By the way, neither SisterSong, nor any of its allies, ever removed a single billboard of The Radiance Foundation, despite numerous false claims. We placed over 500 billboards in major cities across the country from 2010 through 2013–not one was removed despite all of your anti-First Amendment efforts to censor the truth.

    The black women who should be trusted are the ones who champion efforts to protect black women and their children from Big Abortion, who are post-abortive and don’t want to see others make the same irreversible mistakes, who run pregnancy care centers and provide care for both mother and child, who support adoption, who encourage men to be present and better fathers, who believed as MLK did that ALL of God’s children need justice, who are the ones whose blood is part of the King legacy (like Bernice King and Dr. Alveda King) who affirm the beautiful intrinsic value we all possess. We look forward to continuing billboard and social media campaigns to educate and elevate the public about the social injustice of abortion in 2014-2015. When more black babies are aborted than are born alive (as in NYC, home of Planned Parenthood) it doesn’t matter if you’re “pro-choice” or a “reproductive justice” activist–there is no justice for those lives snuffed out by a false sense or euphemism of what empowers.

    • http://leonead.com Steve Bellamy

      You forget that MLK was a supporter of Planned Parenthood. The way to reduce abortions is through education in birth control, not ramblings about race-based population control that have no basis in reality.

      • Radiance Foundation

        Yes. MLK, who was not omniscient, never could have known that his support of Planned Parenthood would literally turn blood red as the organization became the nation’s largest abortion chain. Oh, and an important clarifying point…abortion wasn’t legal in 1966 when his wife accepted the award on his behalf. Planned Parenthood wasn’t aborting by the hundreds of thousands yet. Huge difference between the disproven myth that birth control reduces poverty and the act of reducing humans through abortion. We have more access to birth control than ever before in human history and yet the national unintended pregnancy rate, according to the CDC, has only RISEN since 1995. It has held at 49% for nearly two decades and then rose in the last few years, according to Guttmacher, to 51% of all U.S. pregnancies. Race-based population control a myth? Sure, if you ignore the entire 20th century and the American Eugenics Movement. Even SisterSong acknowledges racially targeted population control. History matters Mr. Bellamy. Perhaps you should read, for a primer, Edwin Black’s “War on the Weak”.

        • Dez

          I’m sorry you think black women are idiots and can not make their own decision on whether to terminate a pregnancy or not. Treat us like capable adults and stop insulting our intelligence by implying we are some how brainwashed into getting abortions.

        • dudebro

          Racist much?

        • lady_black

          So women of color don’t (or can’t) make up their own minds? When you see women’s clinics grabbing women of color off the street and forcing abortions on them, wake me up. Until then, I have no interest in your nonsense.

    • Kathryn Ranieri

      Social injustice of abortion? Surely you jest. Not having access to safe and legal abortion is injustice. Just ask the women who cannot terminate a pregnancy that they do not want. It’s called forced pregnancy. It’s also a violation of a woman’s human rights–rights that should be a priority over any fetus. Period.

    • http://plumstchili.blogspot.com/ Plum Dumpling

      No thank you.
      ILLEGAL ABORTION and SEPIS snf HEMORRHAGE in CHILDBIRTH are the three leading causes of maternal death worldwide.
      Abortion and contraception are human rights.
      http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/66/254

      • cybersleuth58

        Didn’t you get the memo? The presence of a fetus completely nullifies the woman’s right to control her own body. The moment she is pregnant, a woman is reduced to the status of organic incubator, with the same legal rights.

        • http://plumstchili.blogspot.com/ Plum Dumpling

          Over my dead body, I say, fully aware that can be arranged.

    • dudebro

      So you are saying that you personally believe that black women are too stupid to make their own reproductive choices?

      How racist.

      • cybersleuth58

        That’s exactly what he is saying. (Let’s face it, most with his attitude are men).

    • Arekushieru

      Population control? Citations needed. When and WHERE did Margaret Sanger propose and enforce a regime of mandatory sterilization of black people?

      Margaret Sanger MAY have been a racist but she absolutely abhorred any such display in her OWN employees. If they did, they would quickly find themselves UNemployed.

      Eugenicist? Since Margaret Sanger specifically did NOT require black people to undergo sterilization or insist upon any of the other things that are also a requirement of eugenicism, she was not a full eugenicist, like Hitler, whom she. again, also absolutely abhorred. Hitler, who is just as anti-choice as YOUR ilk.

      Elitism? Sorry, but HOW is a woman whose mother died from seventeen repeated pregnancies one after the other. failed or successful, an example of something that happens to an ELITIST?

      Oh, and btw, Margaret Sanger, unlike you, was anti-abortion.

      Are you a US citizen? It was founded by eugenicists and racists. Therefore, by YOUR logic, YOU are a eugenicist and racist. AW.

      Since the cause of death during an abortion, meaning termination of a pregnancy (implantation into the uterus), is the incompatibility with life upon separation from the uterus, not the abortion, itself, a woman does not ’cause’ the death of a fetus. Oops. A fetus doesn’t have the capability to be either innocent or guilty. If it DID, then it would be guilty, ESPECIALLY since you people push so hard for its personhood status, because the FETUS directs the processes of conception. Again, oops?

      Freedom of speech entitles you to exactly THAT. Speech. It does NOT entitle you to a forum or, even, for that matter, a specific MANNER of communication for that purpose. If SisterSong had removed your signs, they would not be breaching your First Amendment rights, in either case. The First Amendment rights are respective of GOVERNMENT interference. If SisterSong is NOT the government, it cannot infringe on your First Amendment rights. AW. Besides that, there are quite a few hurdles to overcome, before signs can be taken down, especially without government interference. So, guess what, you’re not the special little snowflakes that you THOUGHT you were. Can someone tell me, again, though, why it is that a CANADIAN has to educate US CITIZENS on their First Amendment rights? Finally, it is YOUR ilk that infringes on First Amendment rights more often than any other group or population. And that right there is some TRUTH for ya. You people have no acquaintance with the truth, WHATSOEVER, which is, indeed, CLEARLY evidenced by the billboard signs, themselves, AS SisterSong, itself, has ALREADY stated. DARN, eh?

      Big abortion? Sorry, but pregnancy, birth and child care costs are at LEAST 100 times as much the cost as abortion, Y’know, the things that CPCs promote? Besides, you DO know that OB/Gyns are the ones that perform abortions, right?

      And, frankly, what you’re REALLY saying is that black women either don’t deserve the same rights as everyone else or they are less educated and more easily led around by the nose than their white female counterparts. After all, who do you think is choosing to terminate the pregnancies of black women other than the BLACK WOMEN, THEMSELVES????? Trusting black women does NOT mean thinking that they cannot make their own decisions, while white women can, y’know, ignoramus.

      What about black women who don’t want other black women to make the same mistakes as themselves by continuing pregnancies at the behest of their male partners and/or without regard to the circumstances that indicate they are not READY? You people certainly ignore THOSE women. And then have the AUDACITY to call them ‘welfare queens’ when they require social assistance to even barely subsist in day to DAY living. HYPOCRITES.

      Pregnancy care centers provide support for both mother and child? Seriously? Are you fucking KIDDING me??? The MAXIMUM assistance they provide to young mothers, ESPECIALLY if they are black, is minimal financial assistance, some diapers, (MAYBE) some furniture and breastfeeding formula and supplies. SFS. The ones that TRULY provide assistance are Pro-Choice groups that advocate for the stable program funding that their Pro-‘Life’ counterparts in Government consistently try to OVERTURN, such as SNAP, TANF, WIC and all other forms of financial assistance that are, in one way or another, readily available to the wealthy with, of course, no public outcry from the Pro-‘Life’ contingent, as well as keeping the remaining Planned Parenthood clinics open to provide low cost birth control and other supports that keep the rate of unintended pregnancies MUCH lower. Again, all you have proven is that you are hypocritical, racist, classist, misogynistic BIGOTS.

      We support adoption. The Pro-‘Life’ paradigm simply looks at newborns as some sort of product to be sold to ‘good’ wealthy, white, Christian couples, especially if the newborn happens to be born from a woman they perceive as ‘damaged goods’ (more specifically, a young teenager who is pregnant and unmarried with no familial support) and is white and healthy, THEMSELVES. If these couples were REALLY interested in adopting children, they would already have adopted needy children (of colour) set to age out of the system, but they haven’t, which speaks a LOT to their true aims, as WELL as your own. And it’s disgusting. More women report regret for giving their children up for adoption than they do for having an abortion. Since adoption is very rarely painted as anything other than positive and abortion is very rarely painted as anything other than NEGATIVE, I do believe we can find at least a GRAIN of truth when we say that the one is more regrettable than the other. After all, preexisting circumstances, such as mental illness, coercion to have an abortion (which is JUST as anti-choice as your ilk), stigma surrounding abortion (caused by harassment, threats, shaming, stalking, murdering, etc… of women who have abortions and/or abortion providers from the anti-choice brigade), lack of financial resources, etc… NOT the abortion, itself, are given as the cause of regret for women’s abortions. Oops. It should also be of note that women, poor, black women especially, are not free breeding livestock to provide ready-made sons and daughters to greedy, infertile couples. I say black women, especially, because what PRECISELY do you think slave-owners were doing with the children of black slaves, if NOT the very same thing? Hmmmm?

      Sorry, but the only ones who encourage men to be present and become better fathers are NOT those that uphold the misogynistic status quot, meaning that the only purpose in women’s lives is to be broodmares and to never have sex for purposes other than to serve the function of procreation. Meaning that while women must be punished for not daring to fulfill that function, men get a free pass because the blame for their failure is also conveniently pressed onto the woman. Pro-Choice SMASHES those ASSumptions and grants women the same human rights and freedoms as everyone else. AW.

      MLK comes from a long line of ancestors who were slaves to white people. Read up on the history of slaves and the forced-birth slave-owners (because they were, INDEED, just as anti-choice as yourself) before making ASSumptions that he was not aware of the necessities that would eventually lead to SOME Planned Parenthoods providing a greater rate of abortion services than other health clinics, which STILL remains a SMALL percentage of the TOTAL services they provide (so, it’s a WONDER, then, that you don’t call it a BIRTH-CONTROL chain or even a SCREENING chain, but I tend to forget that you people are hypocrites, and I end up having to remind myself, over and over, again). Which means that he, too, LIKE US (Pro-Choice movement), is aware that justice fails ALL of God’s children when even just a FEW of us are denied the same human rights as everyone else and others’ rights are elevated beyond that of the rest of the general population, as the so-called Pro-‘Lifers’ would like to do for women and fetuses, respectively. Oops.

      You DO know that Bernice and Alveda King are OUTLIERS from the King family, right?

      Are you also not aware that value is qualitative NOT quantitative? Even if it WERE quantitative, that would only mean that as one ages their value INCREASES. Therefore, a woman would have more value than a fetus. As a qualitative measurement, this STILL affirms that women have more value than fetuses. After all, the qualities that YOUR ilk professes that a fetus possesses are not only even MORE evident within the woman, herself, but also MULTIPLIED. Thus, by equating the value of a woman with the value of a fetus, you make her value UGLY.

      Citation needed for the claim that more black ‘babies’ are aborted than are born alive, including within the city of New York, itself. It makes one wonder, too, though, if you are ALSO not aware that black women have more unintended pregnancies than their white female counterparts, which is due in part precisely because of Pro-‘Life’ efforts to block access to contraception and comprehensive sex ed. So, it looks like YOU are the ones responsible for creating what YOU call the ‘black genocide’. OOPS.

      Finally, you are INDEED correct that there is no justice for the lives of women snuffed out by a false sense or euphemism of what is actually forced birth. After all, pregnancy and childbirth are at LEAST the third leading causes of death for women, WORLDWIDE. Your rainbows, farts and Unicorns used to describe what is essentially a deadly medical condition and your insistence that pregnancy and childbirth are natural therefore they cannot be forced actually an example of equating women with breeding livestock is a very dangerous mindset for women, ALL OVER THE WORLD. I am going to end on this one, final, note: If abortion is TRULY an injustice as you claim, then why is it that you do not equally apply this to rapists whose lives are snuffed out by this very SAME ‘false’ sense or ‘euphemism’ of what empowers (meaning the RIGHT to defend oneself from a bodily THREAT, and, like what I have stated, earlier, a threat that is GREATER during pregnancy and childbirth than rape)?

      Oh, right…. Because you are: 1) Hypocrites; 2) Classists; 3) Racists and; 4) Misogynists!

      • cybersleuth58

        Please help me to understand why people so vehemently opposed to abortion are vehemently opposed to the only proven method to lower the numbers of abortions: that is, by guaranteeing availability of safe & cheap contraception. Why are they even MORE OPPOSED to any assistance to assure adequate nutrition for low income women with newborns? They pressure/cajole/shame/coerce poor mothers to continue their pregnancies, yet oppose EVERY effort to insure poor children are safe, well fed, clothed, have a stable home and access to decent opportunities in life. Bottom line – these people don’t give a crap about babies. They are all about controlling women and punishing them for having a sex life. Period. End of story.Even more appalling, their attitude: she should have kept her legs closed!! Never do they say: HE should have kept it in his pants! Especially when it is demonstrated that these “fathers” have kids with many different women. Where is the moral outrage toward the men who make these babies then refuse to support them?

    • dudebro

      Nelson Mandela was pro choice.

    • fiona64

      So much smarmy bullshit, so few facts …

      • P. McCoy

        I sent an article from the Belfast Telegraph for RH hopefully to discuss about how a suicidal, hunger fasting rape victim was denied an abortion , but was forced fed and said to have “consented” to a cesarean instead at the 25th week of pregnancy!
        This gem I read in Catholic Answer Forums and of course the crass consensus was : well she got what she wanted she’s no longer pregnant and an “innocent life” was spared (the innocent being the ‘unborn child’. Loathsome cultists over there!

        • Arekushieru

          Did you read another article about a Pro-Life organization complaining that the fetus was removed too early, putting it at risk of blindness, deafness and all other sorts of ailments? But not ONE iota of concern for the pregnant, suicidal, rape victim.

          • P. McCoy

            Yes I heard about it fron CAF. They did express relief that she would get help but were overjoyed naturally moreso over the ‘innocent’ bayyybee – ie; rape spawn

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  • JamieHaman

    This is a truly eye-opening letter for me to read. I want to thank you all for your hard work, and to express my gratitude for it as well. I for one, had simply no idea of what Sister Song, and these organizations have done, nor had I seen it in the media.

  • texshelters

    Reproductive Justice is a good frame. PTxS