Kierra Johnson, Executive Director of Choice USA, heads the leading pro-choice organization working to mobilize and provide ongoing support for the diverse, upcoming generation of leaders who promote and protect reproductive choice both now and in the future. Often sought after for her expertise on youth and reproductive justice, Kierra fosters dialogue between major national organizations and local activists to raise the voices of young people on the ground in the national debate. She serves on the boards of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the Center for Community Change and the advisory council of the Women’s Information Network.
For those of you who think Millennials are too young, entitled, and/or privileged to understand the impact of restrictions on access to affordable reproductive health care, please indulge me as I attempt to set the record straight.
It seems that mainstream reproductive health and rights groups are realizing the limitations of reductive labels like “pro-choice.” And that’s a good thing.
As my involvement in our movement grew deeper, the honeymoon was over, as they say. The imperfections of the movement, the Baby Boomer’s movement, became glaring. Their Second Wave ways didn’t resonate with my Third Wave thinking.
Teenage pregnancy isn’t the epidemic. The real epidemic is lack of information and support for people to make healthy decisions and the culture of shame and scapegoating around sex. And young people feel the brunt of it.
Dr. Tiller’s last words to me are a message for the next generation.
This April Fool’s Day, Choice USA, the National Abortion Federation, and the office of Senator Robert Menendez are letting it be known that crisis pregnancy centers can no longer fool and deceive pregnant women in need.
Choice USA's Reproductive Justice Youth Ambassadors are attending the U.S. Social Forum to make connections and build a stronger movement by working together to support all of our commonalities.