The All Souls Reproductive Justice Initiative’s mission is to love, empower, respect, and care for cis-women and girls, and trans*/non-binary people in our church and in our community as they make their own choices about their bodies, their sexuality and childbearing, and as they strive to raise children in safe, healthy, supportive communities.
What is reproductive justice?
Reproductive justice is the complete physical, mental, spiritual, political, social, and economic well-being of women and girls, based on the full achievement of and protection of women’s human rights. The framework was created in 1994 by a group of black women in Chicago and is rooted in the histories of reproductive oppression and abuse in communities of color and marginalized communities.
The core tenets of reproductive justice include the human right to (1) have children, (2) not have children, (3) raise families in safe and healthy environments, and (4) maintain bodily autonomy and express sexuality free from oppression or shame.
How does it differ from other movements addressing reproductive issues?
Reproductive health focuses on service delivery, while reproductive rights addresses legal issues. Reproductive justice, a combination of reproductive rights and social justice, focuses on movement building, and how the intersection of people’s identities and lived experiences are impacted by systems of oppression or power dynamics that lead to reproductive oppression. Reproductive justice encompasses a more nuanced and intersectional approach to addressing reproductive health and rights issues than the typical pro-choice movement offers, one rooted in human rights, anti-racism, and economic justice.
What will our faith-based reproductive justice initiative contribute to the movement?
The group currently focuses efforts in the following three areas:
- Make a difference to people in need in our community by engaging with our neighbors, and partnering with local organizations around the core tenets of reproductive justice.
- Establish All Souls as an reproductive justice congregation by examining the needs of our own members, employees, and educating our congregation about the reproductive justice framework. We will support members who have had reproductive health issues such as abortions, miscarriages, stillbirths, difficult pregnancies or infertility issues. We will look at how our community supports families and promotes healthy sexuality and bodily autonomy.
- Make a difference to people of faith who work for national repro organizations by serving as an important resource of spiritual care and sustenance for those working in the repro movement.
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The Reproductive Justice Initiative welcomed Dr. Willie Parker to our historic sanctuary on September 12. Dr. Parker, Jeryl Hayes (RJ Initiative co-founder) and Rev. Rob Keithan discussed how our faith calls us to join the struggle for reproductive justice. The Jubilee Singers closed our evening with a strong reminder that “We Are The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For."