Reproductive Justice is Racial Justice

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Dear New Jersey Institute for Social Justice friend,

By now you’ve heard the news that the U.S. Supreme Court has voted and written a draft opinion to overturn Roe v Wade, the landmark 1973 case enshrining the right to abortion in the U.S. Constitution.

We hope that this draft opinion will not become final, but the prognosis is not good.

As two women – one Black, one white – working together at the Institute fighting for a more equitable society, we know that overturning Roe would not only be a direct assault on women’s rights, human rights and bodily integrity, but also a particularly devastating blow to Black women and communities.

Because make no mistake: Reproductive justice is racial justice.

In an important first step, New Jersey has codified the right to abortion. But many New Jersey women still find themselves unable to access that care.

Please contact Governor Murphy and your state representatives and tell them we must pass legislation and take regulatory action to expand abortion access by making it affordable for all women, including those ineligible for health insurance.

For decades, anti-choice lawmakers around the country have used oppressive restrictions to chip away at reproductive rights, making it more and more difficult for women to obtain abortions. These restrictions have disproportionately impacted women of color and those who struggle financially – in addition to other marginalized groups. If Roe is overturned, women who don’t have resources to travel between states or to otherwise access safe and legal abortions will suffer the most.

Already, Black people and other people of color lack equal access to health care, including abortion, prenatal and preventive care. Black women also experience higher rates of infant mortality and pregnancy-related deaths. Right here in New Jersey, Black infants are three times more likely to die than white infants – the highest disparity in the country.

We must all come together to fight for people of color, for women and for our collective human rights and dignity.

Thank you, as always, for standing with us. You can donate to our work here.

Onward in solidarity!

Andrea McChristian, Law & Policy Director

Laurie Beacham, Director of Communications