African-American Women for Reproductive Freedom was an American-based reproductive rights organization that formed in 1990. The organization developed as a way for African American women to show support for "Jane Roe" (Norma Leah Nelson McCorvey) in Roe vs. Wade. Faye Wattleton was one of the first major supporters of the organization.
This group's intent was to alter the perception of abortion not being a choice for African-American women, who they argued faced additional stigma and judgement for seeking out a legal abortion. Their arguments mentioned the history of rape, torture, and other forms of abuse suffered by African-American women, stating that it was not fair and that this led to them being continually marginalized and treated as if they couldn't think for themselves.
In 1989, before officially forming an organization, a group of 16 African American women, and one man, all affiliated with major organizations in the country, released a declaration brochure supporting pro-choice reproductive rights. The document, "African American Women are for Reproductive Freedom", was signed by:
- Byllye Avery
- Willie Barrow
- Donna Brazile
- Shirley Chisholm
- Cardiss Collins
- Ramona Edelin
- Jacqui Gates
- Marcia Ann Gillespie
- Dorothy Height
- Jewel Jackson McCabe
- Julianne Malveaux
- Eleanor Holmes Norton
- C. Delores Tucker
- Patricia Tyson
- Maxine Waters
- Faye Wattleton
- Kathryn Cullen-DuPont (1 August 2000). Encyclopedia of women's history in America. Infobase Publishing. p. 6. ISBN 978-0-8160-4100-8. Retrieved 4 February 2012.
- Whaley, Natelegé. "Black women and the fight for abortion rights: How this brochure sparked the movement for reproductive justice". NBC News. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
- Gillespie, Marcia (1989). "African American women are for reproductive freedom". Trust Black Women. Archived from the original on 2018-03-08. Retrieved 2018-03-07.
- "African American Women are for Reproductive Freedom". BCRW Archives. Retrieved 4 February 2012.
- A statement released by the organization as published in Ms. from Our Bodies, Our Selves.