Reproductive Justice


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. We advocate for policy changes to a broad range of sexual and reproductive justice issues that impact the lives of AAPI women, girls, trans, and gender non conforming people. We continue to educate our members, policymakers, and the general public on these issues.

Our Reproductive Justice work currently focuses on:

Fighting Against Sex and Race Selective Abortion Bans

AAPI Health Care Access

Reproductive Rights and Access

» Join NAPAWF’s Reproductive Justice Leader Institute (RJLI) in New York City, Atlanta, GA, or Chicago, IL!

» Check out our previous work! NAPAWF supported and worked towarsd the release of Purvi Patelan Indian American woman who was wrongly criminalized and the first woman to ever have to go to jail for terminating her own pregnancy.


Reproductive Justice Reports

» NAPAWF’s Comprehensive Reproductive Justice Analysis:

Read Reclaiming Choice, Broadening the Movement: Reproductive Justice Agenda

This reproductive justice agenda puts AAPI women and girls back into the national dialogue about reproductive justice. The report includes (1) an overview of the economic and political profile of AAPI women, (2) reproductive and sexual health trends we encounter, (3) barriers we face from accessing the health care system and reproductive and sexual health care services, and (4) a call to action that presents NAPAWF’s eight priority areas, with recommendations for policymakers, advocates, allied organizations, and community leaders to address these issues.

» Sex Selective Abortion Bans: PRENDA Toolkit

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.

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