"We believe reproductive justice is the complete physical,
mental, spiritual, political, economic, and social well-being
of women and girls, and will be achieved when women and
girls have the economic, social and political power and resources to make healthy decisions about our bodies, sexuality and reproduction for ourselves, our families and our communities in all areas of our lives." — from Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice, "A New Vision for Reproductive Justice"
In 1974, our founders emphasized access, education, and care for the whole woman and her life circumstance. As longtime reproductive rights activists, they were focussed on creating the kind of abortion clinic they wanted to see in the world. Without realizing it they were creating a model site for reproductive justice.
Abortion, and access to it, is one vital component in the larger struggle to guarantee that all women are able to exercise their rights to determine whether or when to have children, to become a parent and to parent with dignity, to have a healthy pregnancy, and to have healthy and safe families and relationships. At Preterm, our medical focus is abortion, but in our larger vision we promote a world that values and supports all women across the reproductive spectrum.
"Thinking of abortion as separate from all the other reproductive health needs of women and their families makes it and the women who seek abortions, and the doctors who provide them, vulnerable, too easily singled out for threats, intimidation and violence ..." — Marlene Gerber Fried & Mia Kim Sullivan, "The Struggle for Reproductive Justice"