Reproductive Justice Initiative

The All Souls Reproductive Justice Initiative’s mission is to love, empower, respect, and care for 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 will our faith-based reproductive justice initiative contribute to the movement?

The All Souls Reproductive Justice Initiative centers the needs of cis-women and girls and trans*/non-binary people whose autonomy and bodily integrity are the focus of continuing and escalating attacks from political and religious forces on the right. The group currently focuses efforts in the following areas:

Build a faith-based network for reproductive justice in the nation’s capital.

Make a difference to people in need in our community by engaging with our neighbors, partnering with local organizations around the core tenets of reproductive justice, and caring for and supporting those working in the repro movement.

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.

What is reproductive justice?

The reproductive justice 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 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.

To join our listserve or for additional information, email ASCU.reprojustice@gmail.com.

Follow us on Twitter: @ReproJusticeASC

Reproductive Justice Initiative

The Reproductive Justice Initiative welcomed Dr. Willie Parker to our historic sanctuary on September 12, 2017. 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."