Reproductive Justice

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Reproductive justice is a movement that envisions the complete physical and mental well-being of women and girls, which will be achieved when women and girls have the economic, social, and political power and resources to make healthy decisions about their bodies, sexuality, and reproduction.

NAPAWF is at the forefront of building coalitions and cross-movement strategies that address the intersection of reproductive justice with other social justice movements. Our report, Reclaiming Choice, Broadening the Movement: Reproductive Justice Agenda,  outlines our comprehensive approach.

NAPAWF also advocates for policy changes to a broad range of sexual and reproductive justice issues that impact the lives of API women and girls, and continues to educate its members, policymakers and the public on these issues.

Currently, our efforts are focused on the following areas:

» Apply to the Reproductive Justice Leadership, Amplification, Mobilization and Power Building Program, an intensive activist institute for young AAPI women focused on developing grassroots leaders and their ability to organize AAPI women and communities in the fight for reproductive justice through social media organizing. NAPAWF is inaugurating RJ LAMP as a part of the pilot Gloria & Wilma School for Organizers at Smith College.

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This program will help LAMP Leaders develop strategies for increasing the visibility of AAPI women’s diverse lived experiences while creating alternative narratives to model minority myth. A guiding premise for RJ LAMP is that reproductive justice exists only when all people have the social, political and economic power and resources to make healthy decisions about their gender, bodies, and sexuality for themselves, their families and their communities. Through RJ LAMP, this select group of leaders will expand their own capacity to fight for this fundamental form of justice.

Click here to learn more and how to apply for the 2015 RJ LAMP Program.

» Read Replacing Myths with Facts: Sex Selective Abortion Laws in the United States

In 2013, sex-selective abortion bans were the second most-proposed abortion ban in the states. Twenty-one states and the U.S. Congress have considered these bans since 2009 and eight states have banned sex-selective abortion. To support their efforts to undermine reproductive rights, anti-choice activists and politicians have commonly used six myths— one of them being that Asian American women are giving birth to more boys than girls because they are engaging in sex-selective practices. Our report busts these myths and replaces them with facts about this growing affront on women’s health, and on the Asian American community.

The report draws on legal research, empirical analysis of U.S. census and birth statistics, field work in India, and an extensive review of scholarly publications in social sciences, law and other disciplines. This report is the product of partnership between the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, the International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Chicago School of Law, and the Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health program at the University of California, San Francisco.

Download report here.

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