Rad Reading: “For Undocumented Women Seeking Reproductive Healthcare, Policing and Politics Create a Maze of Barriers”
by Abaki Beck
Text: “For Undocumented Women Seeking Reproductive Healthcare, Policing and Politics Create a Maze of Barriers”
Author: Xatherin Gonzalez
Quote to Highlight: “Access—or the lack thereof—to reproductive justice is inextricably linked to a history of policing Black and Brown bodies. In our fight for reproductive justice, it is imperative to center the conversation on these marginalized experiences to work towards a humane quality of life for everyone.”
Quick Summary: This article discusses the difficulty that undocumented people face when trying to access reproductive care. Not only does anti-abortion legislation impact them, but fear of deportation or criminalization often discourages them from seeking safe, legal medical care. Additionally, many migrants live in remote communities with a lack of access to begin with.The article notes that Latinx communities in Texas have higher rates of cervical cancer than other racial groups, in part because of these barriers to healthcare. Throughout the article, specific advocacy efforts by organizations and individuals to address this issue and educate community members are highlighted.
File it under: Latinx communities, reproductive justice, undocumented immigrants, women of color feminisms, intersectionality
Type of text: Investigative journalism article
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