Over the past 30 years, we’ve been consistently fighting for the reproductive rights all women deserve. Although we’ve made a lot of progress globally, it’s horrifying to see that some countries are reversing that progress, even today 😔

Despite over 60 countries legalizing abortion, increasing abortion access, or improving reproductive rights, 40% of women across the globe continue to live under restrictive abortion laws.

These stats aren’t just reflective of our struggle for reproductive rights – they’re a reflection of the overwhelming struggles for autonomy that women have been battling for decades. Here’s why it’s so important we continue fighting for reproductive rights for all women across the world 👇

👏Signs of progress: 

👎Signs of regress:

💪Ways we can get closer to achieving reproductive rights for all

From a feminist perspective, reproductive rights are at the core of a whole range of issues surrounding female autonomy over our own health choices. In order for us to achieve reproductive justice, we must highlight other issues like education, class, and economic status that play a huge role in slowing down or preventing progress. 

Here are just some of the vital elements that need to be addressed and achieved before we can truly have reproductive justice:

👉Bodily autonomy: Everyone should have complete control over their own bodies. No one, whether it’s the government, medical professionals, or anyone else, should have a say in what someone else does with their body.

👉Access to contraception and abortion: Access to contraception and safe abortion services should be universal and obstacle-free. External factors like your economic status or location should not determine your ability to control your reproductive life – you should be able to exercise your choice freely.

👉Comprehensive sex education: Time and time again, we see that education is one of the most powerful tools for change! Sex education should be a global necessity that doesn’t shy away from the realities of reproductive health, consent, and relationships. Education empowers women, protecting them from exploitation and coercion around their own health.

👉Economic justice: Money should never be a barrier to reproductive choices. We need policies that support economic security, including paid parental leave, affordable childcare, and healthcare access for all, regardless of income.

It’s important to remind ourselves and each other that our struggles as women are interconnected 🔗 We can’t talk about reproductive rights without considering how race, class, economic status, politics, and other factors intersect to shape our individual experiences. 

That’s exactly why we need an intersectional approach that recognizes and addresses the unique challenges faced by different communities 💗The more we highlight the individual experiences of women worldwide, the more likely we can tackle these obstacles and hopefully reach the day when 100% of us have the reproductive rights we’ve always deserved ✊