by Simone Hudson, ’16, + Miranda Mammen, ’14
We are so excited to introduce Students for Reproductive Justice, reignited and renamed from Stanford Students for Choice.
We reactivated this student group because we crave a more sophisticated dialogue about reproductive autonomy, choice, and access than our current political discourse has to offer – and because we’re scared and disgusted by the recent flood of anti-choice rhetoric and legislation. (It seems the Republican party can’t go a week without an outrageous comment defending an abortion ban with no exception for rape – oops, we meant “legitimate rape”. Or maybe just “the rape thing” in general? Remember, these aren’t gaffes – they represent actual political doctrine!)
We renamed the group to signal a shift in our approach to these issues. The reproductive justice framework moves beyond the pro-choice narrative to ask how reproductive decisions are impacted by access and identity, even when legal rights are in place. Law Students for Reproductive Justice writes (PDF):
Reproductive Justice recognizes the ways race, class, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender expression, immigration status, and ability impact access, agency, and autonomy in shaping one’s reproductive destiny. By applying an intersectional analysis, RJ advocates recognize how each individual is uniquely affected by barriers to information, resources, health care, and social supports at different stages throughout their reproductive lives.
We’re particularly keen on reproductive justice because it broadens the focus beyond abortion rights, as SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective has noted. With just days until the election, we can’t emphasize enough: reproductive rights are truly on the line, at the local, state, and national levels. This January will mark the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade; it’s hard to believe we’re still defending an individual’s right to privacy in reproductive decisions.
Join us in advocating for reproductive justice, on November 6th and beyond:
1. Come to our meetings on Tuesdays at 9pm at the Women’s Community Center. (We’ll be on hiatus next week to watch the election results, but hope to see you on November 13.) And like us on Facebook to get updates and connect with other advocates.
2. Join us for a Pro-Choice Phone Bank TODAY, Saturday! We’ll be at 895 Cedro Way, just a short bike ride from main campus. RSVP here. Drop by anytime between 3 and 6pm, and stay for as long as you can! Please bring your phone, laptop, and charger.
If you can’t make it between 3 and 6pm on Saturday, you are welcome to join the Stanford Democrats for phone banking at the same location (895 Cedro Way) between 9am and 9pm on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and/or Tuesday.
3. Share our message by picking up a few of our “Vote Pro-Choice” flyers from the Women’s Community Center and posting them around campus. We have a stack on the table on the right.
4. Educate yourself about reproductive justice and choice issues. We recommend the following resources:
Please share your resource recommendations in the comments.
Simone Hudson ‘16 and Miranda Mammen ‘14
Students for Reproductive Justice