For Black women, Reproductive health (Repro) advocacy ensures complete physical, mental, and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease in all matters relating to the reproductive system. Reproductive rights center on maintaining or protecting the legal right to contraception, abortion, fertility treatment, and reproductive health. While also ensuring access to information about one's reproductive body. In general, reproductive rights secure people's agency - their right to decide their capacities to reproduce or not.
Our work protects the right to self-govern one's body, sexuality, gender, sexual pleasure, and reproduction preferences. The main pillars of Reproductive Justice are:
In short, BWHI champions the whole woman, girl, femme, and gender non-confirming person through a preventative, affirming, and holistic approach.
Emergency contraception refers to contraceptive methods to prevent pregnancy in the first few days after unprotected intercourse, sexual assault, or contraceptive failure. Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first dedicated product for emergency contraception in 1998, numerous barriers to emergency contraception remain. Emergency contraception pills are different from abortion pills, and emergency contraception pills do not stop or harm your pregnancy if you are already pregnant.
Did you know?
Nearly half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned.
How many types of Emergency contraception are there?
In the United States, there are two types of FDA-approved ECPs available for emergency contraception:
ella® (ulipristal acetate)
Plan B One-Step® (LNG-only) — Plan B One-Step® has several generic versions. Some common generic versions include AfterPill™, My Way®, Next Choice One Dose™, and Take Action™.
Medication abortion is the process of ending a pregnancy through medication."Abortion pill" is the common name for two types of medicines used to end a pregnancy. The two medicines are mifepristone and misoprostol. The mifepristone pill blocks your body's progesterone halting the pregnancy, while misoprostol empties the uterus. Patients have up to 48 hours to take the second pill.
Abortion pills are very effective, but timing matters:
Surgical abortion is a procedure that ends a pregnancy by removing the fetus and placenta from the uterus.
Black women denounce overturn of Roe, call on Congress to protect reproductive health and rights
MSNBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin spoke to Linda Goler Blount, President and CEO of the Black Women's Health Imperative, about how stripping away reproductive rights could have a disproportionate impact on the Black community.
“Black women have disproportionately the greatest number of percentage of abortions. But that is due to the economic oppression and frankly, the poor economic circumstances that we exist in now, but that are 400 years in the making,”
Linda Goler Blount
Currently, 14 states have full abortion bans, 1 state has a 6 week ban and 3 states have 15, 18 or 20 week bans.
BWHI defines Reproductive Justice as an all encompassing health movement to eliminate all barriers to our right to control our bodies, our sexuality, our gender, our work, our sexual pleasure, and our reproduction. The main pillars of Reproductive Justice are the right to have a child, the right to not have a child, and the right to raise and nurture our children in a safe and healthy environment. BWHI’s focus in the Reproductive Justice movement champions the whole woman, girl, femme, and gender non-confirming person through a preventative, affirming, and holistic approach.
Here are ways that you can help support our right to control our bodies and find resources to access a safe abortion.
In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda
Exploring the Experiences of Black Mothers
and Labor and Delivery Nurses in Hospital Settings
Three for Freedom: Birth Control/Emergency Contraception/Abortion Pill