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More Than MedicineA History of the Feminist Women's Health Movement$
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Jennifer Nelson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780814762776

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814762776.001.0001

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Women of Color and the Movement for Reproductive Justice

Women of Color and the Movement for Reproductive Justice

A Human Rights Agenda

(p.193) 6 Women of Color and the Movement for Reproductive Justice
More Than Medicine

Jennifer Nelson

NYU Press

This concluding chapter details the creation of a reproductive justice movement among women of color. Critical of the dominant abortion rights discourse about reproductive “choice,” they used human rights as their frame for building a movement that focused on transforming the broad social and economic context that they believed was fundamental to achieving reproductive justice for all women. Distancing themselves from a medical model of health care activism, women of color feminists like Loretta Ross, Dázon Dixon Diallo, and Luz Rodriguez argued that fundamental needs—ending poverty, gaining access to jobs and quality housing, and acquiring education—all needed to be met in order to guarantee reproductive justice. Since poor women and women of color had the most trouble satisfying these most basic needs, they suffered compromised reproductive health and control over their reproductive choices.

Keywords:   reproductive justice, women of color, reproductive choice, human rights, reproductive health, poor women

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