Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice - Abortion Access.
According to SisterSong, a pioneering and leading reproductive justice organization led by communities of color, reproductive justice is the "human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities." While Thrive NJ itself is not a reproductive justice organization, we use a reproductive justice lens in all our work and strive to address the intersecting barriers and oppressions that individuals face in their daily lives.
The term "reproductive health" emphasizes the accessibility of necessary health care services, while "reproductive rights" focuses on gaining legal protection for those services.
On October 2, 2020, Thrive NJ partners joined Governor Phil Murphy, Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver, First Lady Tammy Murphy, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle to introduce the Reproductive Freedom Act (RFA), a bill to protect and expand access to reproductive health care in New Jersey.
The Maternal Justice Subcommittee is comprised of a network of key stakeholders, including a strong, diverse collaborative of maternal and child health experts and organizations, with a vested interest in improving health outcomes, and combat maternal and infant mortality in New Jersey.
The goal of the subcommittee is to raise awareness about maternal health, educate health care providers on factors that contribute to maternal deaths, and encourage women, families, and providers to recognize and discuss maternal and child health outcomes. As we continue to uplift the urgency to improve maternal and child outcomes in New Jersey, specifically, among Black mothers and babies, we must address the systemic racism and bias that contributes to the Black maternal and infant mortality rates.
People of all faiths need and support reproductive health care services, including abortion care. Attempts to restrict access to reproductive health care and other social services are an affront to the needs and beliefs of people of faith, and an attack on the services that members of our own communities need.
The Interfaith Council seeks to connect clergy and lay leaders from across New Jersey who are passionate about reproductive health, rights, and justice. The Interfaith Council is a space for clergy and lay leaders to engage in advocacy around proactive reproductive health policies, and to gain the tools to be impactful and faithful supporters on these issues.
Menstruation is a natural bodily function. There should be no shame or stigma attached to periods or the methods utilized to take care of one’s needs. Safe, quality period products should be made available and accessible in a non-stigmatizing manner to ALL menstruating individuals in New Jersey.
We are working to increase access for vulnerable populations in New Jersey, these include (but is not limited to) students, the homeless and the incarcerated. Our current efforts are centered around ensuring that period products are available and accessible in a non-stigmatizing manner, free of charge to ALL menstruating individuals in ALL public schools in New Jersey.
Young people should get high-quality, age-appropriate, medically accurate information and answers to their questions about sex and relationships — without feeling shamed or judged.
Young people need to understand what a healthy relationship looks like and have the opportunity to practice good communication skills before they become sexually active.
Young people need good sex ed — and we're making sure that's happening in New Jersey.