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Reproductive Justice

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Emergency contraception. Forced sterilization. Rapid repeat pregnancy. Survivors giving birth. These issues and more are examples of the intersection of sexual violence and reproductive health.

This issue of Connections includes more answers to the question of why reproductive justice is important for advocates, reprinted from Law Students for Reproductive Justice, SisterSong, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, and Futures Without Violence.

This issue also includes a focus on supporting survivors during the childbearing year (pregnancy, birth, and postpartum). For the past three years, WCSAP has been involved in a project focusing on pregnant and parenting survivors, and we have learned a great deal about issues our field must address. Courtney Long, an advocate in Skagit County and a doula, writes about how sexual assault advocacy and birth support go hand in hand. Kelsey Peronto, an advocate from Whatcom County, talks about her experience supporting a survivor through birthing. Suzi Fode writes about her program's efforts to make emergency contraception available at New Hope.

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Reviewed: May 9th, 2016