Reproductive justice in action? It looks like bravery.
The bravery required to stand up for everyone not just a few; for the whole not the fraction or the piece. People who stand for justice, not the just-us approach to something like Reproductive Rights, often meet resistance: We need to move incrementally, say the incrementalists, let’s get the easy wins first, then the rest. So history advances, we’re often told, piece by piece….
Except usually what happens is we get piecemeal progress. Not quite enough to get us what we wanted, just enough to serve a portion of us, for a bit. Attacks usually come, and those who’ve won piecemeal progress find out their movement’s in pieces. Surprise surprise, they’re not on great terms with the ones they left behind. And those they left at the back of the priority line aren’t so excited about being at their back. Which is why it’s important to notice when progressives pull together to go further. In Oregon they did just that earlier this year, with the passage of the Reproductive Equity Act HB 3391 - passed by a 17-13 vote.Read more