African-American Women for Reproductive Freedom
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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 Roe vs. Wade. Faye Wattleton was one of the first major supporters of the organization. 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
- Romona Edelin
- Jacqui Gillepsie
- Dorothy Heigh
- Jewel Jackson McCabe
- Julianne Malveaux
- Eleanor Holmes Norton
- C. Delores Tucker
- Patricia Tyson
- Maxine Waters
- Faye Wattleton
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.
- Abortion in the United States
- Gender equality
- Feminism in the United States
- Margaret Sanger
- Reproductive rights
- Sex-positive feminism
- Timeline of feminism in the United States
- Women's Equality Day
- 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.
- "African American Women are for Reproductive Freedom". BCRW Archives. Retrieved 4 February 2012.
- Gillespie, Marcia (1989). "African American women are for reproductive freedom". Trust Black Women.
- A statement released by the organization as published in Ms. from Our Bodies, Our Selves.
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