Reproductive justice for Black, Indigenous, Women of Color: Uprooting race and colonialism

Yolanda Suarez-Balcazar*, Sara Buckingham, Dana B. Rusch, Alissa Charvonia, Rebecca Ipiaqruk Young, Rhonda K. Lewis, Rebecca E. Ford-Paz, Tara G. Mehta, Carolina Meza Perez

*Corresponding author for this work

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Historically, atrocities against Black, Indigenous, and Women of Color's (BIWoC) reproductive rights have been committed and continue to take place in contemporary society. The atrocities against BIWoC have been fueled by White supremacy ideology of the “desirable race” and colonial views toward controlling poverty and population growth, particularly that of “undesirable” races and ethnicities. Grounded in Critical Race Theory, this paper aims to provide a critical analysis of historical and contemporary violations of BIWoC reproductive rights; discuss interventions based on empowerment and advocacy principles designed to promote women's reproductive justice; and discuss implications for future research, action, and policy from the lenses of Critical Race Theory and Community Psychology. This paper contributes to the special issue by critically analyzing historical and contemporary racism and colonialism against BIWoC, discussing implications for future research and practice, and making policy recommendations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Journal of Community Psychology
StateAccepted/In press - 2023


  • Black
  • Critical Race Theory
  • empowerment and advocacy interventions
  • Indigenous
  • reproductive justice
  • Women of Color

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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