As feminists, we recognize that no choice occurs in a vacuum.
With that understanding, we make it our mission to examine the economic, political, and sociocultural constraints that define and limit how women make their reproductive decisions today. We then must commit to action that tackles the constraints of real choice.
This website is dedicated to those who wish to advocate for reproductive health issues and for those who simply wish to become better informed. Women's reproductive health is a politicized issue. Advocates for reproductive rights must have access to current, complete, and correct information to combat the rhetoric and misinformation that characterizes too much of the public debate. The following pages outline positions on these issues and provide links to organizations for more in-depth information, talking points, and possibilities for activism. It is our hope that the resources found here will help inform a feminist's stance on the many problems and challenges that arise in women's reproductive health.
We support the stance of the American Psychological Association which disputes causal links between abortion and mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. Furthermore, the APA recognizes that keeping abortion safe, legal, and accessible is a mental health issue and a child welfare issue as well as a women's health issue.
There are many avenues of reproductive rights activism. In addition to the resources highlighted in the subject pages, below are additional direct links to tools, talking points, presentation outlines, connecting to other activists, and other resources to become involved.
We believe that reproductive freedom means having the means to reliably, safely, and legally control our fertility. The following are some selected issues of current interest plus links to general information about and issues concerning contraceptive use and women's health.
MENSTRUATION AND MENOPAUSE
We support the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research in the position that a woman's menstrual cycle is an important part of a woman's reproductive health; because of this, more women-centered perspectives in research, policy-making, and advocacy are needed.
FERTILITY AND INFERTILITY
We recognize that reproductive freedom includes the right to health care for problems of infertility. We oppose discrimination in a woman's right to this health care on the basis of her income level, sexual orientation, or otherwise. We also note that many individual's decisions about childbearing and infertility treatments are made within a social and cultural context that can be overwhelmingly pro-natal and which can have a disproportionate effect on the decision whether to have a child or to remain child-free.
We agree with the position of the YWCA that low-income women and women of color are disproportionately affected when limitations are placed on their reproductive freedom, and that issues of reproductive rights are issues of racism and classism as well as sexism.