Reproductive justice” is more than the sum of its parts! Even if an organization or campaign is associated with both reproduction AND justice, that entity is not necessarily embodying the tenets of reproductive justice. Asking “does this center the needs and elevate the voices of women of color?” is a pretty solid way of figuring it out. Lastly – keep in mind that reproductive justice activists often find themselves in an adversarial position in relation to health and rights-based groups, acting as a check on problems like exclusivity and access.
HB 1305 is here to ban all the abortions which are based on gender selection. If you identify as a woman, it’s not like you’re a real person anyway, but North Dakota made this one for you, baby. HB 1305 also bans abortion on the basis of “genetic abnormalities”. This vague phrasing is conducive to equating “going to an abortion provider” with “being evil and choosing your spawn according to aesthetics.” There is no such thing as bodily autonomy because dammit Jim, you’re a reproductive receptacle, not a person with decision making abilities.
At a very simplistic level, the fetus-crazed religious crew are attempting to voice what they call injustice against babies. As I understand it: babies are productive members of society and if you identify as a woman, you’re taking up space. We want more business-minded babies with degrees in how Jesus was an asshole to the poor.
Yet, since 1973, many states have passed feticide measures and laws restricting access to safe abortion care that, like so-called “personhood” measures, encourage state actors to treat eggs, embryos, and fetuses as if they are legally separate from the pregnant woman. We found that these laws have been used as the basis for a disturbing range of punitive state actions in every region of the country and against women of every race, though disproportionately against women in the South, low-income women and African-American women.