“Reproductive Justice” is becoming a preferred term over the polarized terms “pro-choice” and “pro-life.” Many people who identify as “pro-life” do want abortion to be available— such a dichotomy doesn’t do justice to the complexity of most people’s view on abortion. But, while State legislatures are introducing and passing bills that are increasingly restrictive, including attempts to declare “personhood” at conception; there is more than a “war on women” going on, these are efforts to enslave us through our bodies and the sperm of whatever man impregnates us, whether or not it was planned or consensual.
The movement for reproductive justice is a broad and intersectional movement that addresses many of the problems that aren’t covered in the language of “choice” that so many people effectively do not have, and it’s emphasis on sex/gender binaries is unnecessarily limiting. We need that movement, but we need something also more fundamental to our freedom. We need emancipation from any authorities’ attempt to regulate our pregnant or potentially pregnant bodies, and from efforts to legally discriminate against anyone on the basis of sexual preference, or sexual or gender identity. Our bodies, our sexuality, and our sexual/gender identity should not, in a free country, be regulated by government.
Though not secondary to issues of sexual preference and identity, attempts in State legislatures to limit abortions and abortion providers to the degree that abortion can be eliminated and outlawed is a direct challenge to Roe vs. Wade and constitutes reproductive conscription and slavery.
How is it that these State lawmakers can threaten what has been determined a Constitutional right to abortion? The Supreme Court gave them the right to regulate abortion after deciding Roe vs. Wade, as if women were on a totem in which State lawmakers and other authorities ‘above’ them can restrict women’s access to abortion and limit it in insidious ways that are happening in at least 20 states, right now. Which means what? Women aren’t persons, or women are persons subordinate to the fetus in their bodies? The State owns our uteri?
In some states bills have been introduced and some passed that would not make exceptions for incest or rape, so that on top of a woman’s body being conscripted into full-term pregnancy, a woman’s/teen’s/girl’s life and body is made subordinate to rapists. Making an exception for a mother’s life is presented as proof that these lawmakers care about women. It’s more likely that this is a political concession to something that could hurt their effort to make abortion completely illegal and give Constitutional rights to the fetus.
On top of giving States the right to limit women’s access to abortion, “privacy” is a half-baked argument. The issue is freedom, liberty, autonomy, and the full status of citizenship that does not give anyone the authority to take legal control of our reproductive decisions or to impede our ability to use the contraceptive methods of our choice to prevent pregnancy and end pregnancy for whatever purposes we declare. We owe no one our uterus or the produce of it at any stage of pregnancy.
What we need is a Universal and Federal Reproductive Emancipation Proclamation which recognizes the right of all women and females who are capable of pregnancy to be given full rights to our own bodies and our reproductive capacity, and that allows unfettered freedom to exercise sexual preference and gender identity without hindrance. A Supreme Court that rules on anything less is stating a willingness to allow State and Federal authorities to control women and others who do not toe the line of entrenched patriarchal, heterosexual, cis-gendered conceptions of “normality” or “decency” in order to exercise social control over people who want and should not be denied equal protection under the law.
The freedoms of sexual preference, reproductive choices, and sexual identity of born persons is necessary to personal security, and the blessings of liberty for adults and others given a legal right to consent to sexual activity. Any authority that shall legally act to repress or deny reproductive and sexual freedom of born citizens who are entitled to give consent, and any adult citizen, is failing to uphold this freedom and is laying claim to the sex, sexuality, and reproductive capability in individuals in a manner which is tyrannical and consistent with slavery and social apartheid.
Any authority that fails to prosecute the violations of sexual and/or reproductive choice by force, is in violation of the rights of born persons and is supporting the criminal actions of those who usurp them through coercion or force.