“With this new wave of criminalization against abortion access and reproductive health in Texas, it is imperative we center Black people of all genders and utilize reproductive justice as a key framework and praxis in our resistance. Unfortunately, the white cis-heteronormative feminist washing of the abortion rights movement has often overlooked and excluded Black trans people, women, non-binary people, and gender-expansive people’s intersectional experiences regarding reproductive access, health, and justice. For example, Black women are more likely to live in states that heavily restrict access to abortion, are more likely not to have health insurance, and cannot afford birth control…Reproductive justice means rejecting and transforming the past exclusionary narratives that we have consistently been offered. It means not focusing solely on the idea of choice within the abortion rights and reproductive rights movement. It means recognizing Black women and gender expansive people’s leadership in the enduring fight for reproductive justice, care, and access because we have always been at the forefront of the movement. It means imagining a space and a world where all people can truly have equitable access and be free. We need reproductive justice, not just rights.” — Karla Mendez
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