The Reproductive Health Access Project condemns the recent murder of Daunte Wright, a Black man in Minnesota who was shot and killed by police on Sunday, April 11, 2021. Daunte Wright leaves behind his parents, Katie and Aubrey Wright, and his son, Daunte Jr. State sanctioned police violence has once again taken another Black parent and another Black child. This is reproductive injustice. We honor and share in the pain, grief, and anger of our Black colleagues and community members.
This week is also Black Maternal Health Week, a yearly event led by Black Mamas Matter, that amplifies the voices of Black mamas and uplift the values and traditions of the reproductive and birth justice movements. Reproductive Justice, a term and movement framework created by Black women, is defined as, “the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities” (SisterSong). Reproductive justice cannot be achieved under a system of state-sanctioned violence that disproportionately harms Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) families and communities. It is our responsibility, as a white-led reproductive health organization, to reflect, educate ourselves, and ensure that we are following the leadership of Reproductive Justice activists in working towards a future where everyone is able to live freely and without fear of violence.
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