Advocates Reaffirm Shared Roots of Black Lives Matter, Reproductive Justice Movements, by Kanya D’Almeida at RH Reality Check
“The Reproductive Justice movement, created in 1994, the Trust Black Women Partnership, created in 2010, and the Black Lives Matter movement, created in 2012, were created because the lives of Black people were in peril,” the statement reads. “All were born out of a demand for the … liberation of Black people in this country. And all were born because of the leadership of Black women.”
Monica Raye Simpson, the director of the Trust Black Women Partnership, highlighted during a Tuesday press call the expanding restrictions on Black women’s access to safe, legal abortion and other reproductive health services, largely due to a rash of political and legislative attacks on reproductive rights that either directly target, or have disproportionate impacts on, Black women.
“We make this statement of solidarity to affirm that the work that we’ve been doing for 20 years for Black women’s reproductive freedom and justice is connected to the movement for Black lives, and to recognize that BLM has brought things to a crucial tipping point,” Monica Simpson said on Tuesday’s call, which included BLM co-founder Alicia Garza, and La’Tasha D. Mayes, the founder and executive director of New Voices for Reproductive Justice. RH Reality Check Managing Editor Regina Mahone moderated the call.