Defending Reproductive Justice

by 3 Generations
Defending Reproductive Justice
Virginia Roosevelt, Activist
Virginia Roosevelt, Activist

The understanding that recovery from the trauma of genocide and crimes against humanity is a multi-generational effort has always been the backbone of 3 Generations. Indeed, it is embedded in our name. As 3 Generations celebrates our 15th Anniversary this year, one of the ways we are deepening our focus on Intergenerational Activism is by continuing to defend reproductive justice and the right to choose. 

The devastating overturning of Roe v. Wade last summer and the ensuing threat to reproductive justice (and women’s health) will have its greatest impact on today’s youth. We began our work on this issue by listening to young women and to the generation of grandmothers and seniors who fought for the right to safe and legal abortion 50 years ago. 

We launched our intergenerational initiative via social media earlier this year, which we please encourage you to explore hereJanuary 22nd is the 50th Anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, now overthrown. Youth activists, including Lily Joseph, present their voices alongside those of their grand-parents’ generation; our video is featuring Virgina Roosevelt. 

More than ever, we need to hear the voices of our youth. We are continuing to focus on the curtailing of established reproductive rights that disproportionately impacts the healthcare and wellbeing of Native and BIPOC youth. Please visit our website and connect with us on social media @3_generations as we continue to bring you the voices, young and old, who will help shape the future of reproductive justice.  

Lily Joseph, Youth Activist
Lily Joseph, Youth Activist
Lily in our Instagram video: roe vs wade
Lily in our Instagram video: roe vs wade
Virginia in our Instagram video: roe vs wade
Virginia in our Instagram video: roe vs wade


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My mother and grandmother marched for reproductive justice in the 70s.

In the 80s and beyond, as a direct result of their activism, I had the luxury of taking reproductive justice for granted.

Today, my 16-year-old daughter is stunned and angry that she has to fight for reproductive justice all over again. 

In August of 2022, when we were reeling from the Supreme Court’s decision to slash and burn our reproductive rights, we at 3 Generations began our exploration of reproductive justice through an intergenerational lens. One of the young women we interviewed aptly summed up how many of us were feeling:

“We are taking a step back in history and a step back in women’s freedom.”

           Dounia age 16

According to the Pew Research Center, over 60% of the population of the US supports legal abortion. In spite of that, abortion and reproductive rights remain one of the most politically charged and hotly contested issues of our time.

However, the news isn't all bad, we're feeling cautiously optimistic about the future because of the current trends. The midterms were eye-opening in many ways.

In republican-leaning Kentucky, an antiabortion amendment was defeated.

In Michigan, Governor Gretchen Whitmer was reelected partly by championing abortion rights, and abortion rights were enshrined in their state’s constitution as they were in California and Vermont.

Watch this space as we continue to bring you the voices, young and old, who will help shape the future of reproductive justice.  

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