I'm taking a class this term in #ReproductiveJustice and I have got to say, it's really eye opening how narrowly we look at it as a society. Almost all of the focus is on abortion (currently the hot button issue in #Oregon) but there is so SO much more to it!
From my own personal experience as an advocate for #ReproRights this course has forced me to step back and come to terms with how "white" my views have been and how even when focusing on access to reproductive options, it's been a focus on white middle class women. 2/n
Even during times when the focus was on people of color, the solutions that were given used white cis women as the standard. When talking about poverty, it was the poverty of white cis women. Access? Same thing. People of color were often an afterthought. 3/n
Yet time and time again we were ignoring the people who didn't have access but who needed it. And indigenous women? Pfffft! Not even a blip on the fucking radar during all the seminars and classes I went to!

I can honestly say that I am horrified by my own ignorance. 4/n
As a white trans masc person, my focus had been on gender inclusivity in #ReproRights, but ONCE AGAIN this fuck knuckle (me) kept focusing on white people. I justified it as I wasn't a person of color, so I shouldn't focus on them and let them take care of it. #WhitePrivilege 5/n
I kept telling myself that if I got things worked out or spoke up about the issue for white trans people, then surely it would "trickle down" to everyone else since they were also using the services, right? When @JoyRockV1 pointed that out to me I wanted to slap myself. 6/n
#ReproductiveJustice is so much more than abortion. It's about bodily autonomy, the ability to have or not have children and be able to not only afford but access (without strain) the necessary resources. 7/n
Yes, abortion is a part of it, but so is family planning, pregnancy, birth, child raising, all of it! Birth control for more than just preventing pregnancy, the ability to make decisions about your body and ACTUALLY BE LISTENED TO BY DOCTORS (got some rage on that one...) 8/n
It means that if someone wants to have children that the resources are available to them if needed to help them raise their child to be healthy, educated, and able to take part in society when the time comes. It means that medical care is there for them when needed. 9/n
While we've been fighting so hard on access to abortion (something that used to be legal but was made illegal by male doctors wanting only doctors to do medical stuff and thus outlawing midwives and nurses, the people who usually did abortions), we're ignoring the other parts. 10
We're not paying attention as Congress time and time again strips funding from things such as WIC, Medicaid, Food Stamps, and other programs meant to help families in need care for their children. We rail on about "welfare" that hasn't existed since the 90s! 11/n
Yes, abortion is a MASSIVELY important issue to deal with and focus on, but we also need to focus on the rest of the pieces of #ReproductiveJustice as well because those are slipping through our fingers just as quickly. 12/n
Let's do a hypothetical here. Say abortion becomes outlawed. We know it won't stop, that it will just become unsafe...but what about the rest of it?
What will stop them from next going after birth control (they already are), sex education (again...), WIC, family planning, etc? 13
We can't keep just focusing on one issue and hoping the others will survive until we've solved the first one. We're human beings, we have the ability to focus on multiple things at once!

So why is it so hard to do when it comes to #ReproductiveJustice?
We need to stop looking at is as separate pieces to be taken care of at different times.

We need to stop using "white middle class cis" as the standard for care and education.

We need to work to lift up the voices of people of color and indigenous peoples.
It's 2018, and while I'd LOVE to say that these matters are settled, it's blatantly obvious to anyone paying attention that this shit needs to not only be fought for, but that we need to stop with the piecemeal approach we've been using.
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