What the heck does that mean? Reproductive Justice?
Reproductive is defined as 1. serving to reproduce or 2. concerned with or pertaining to reproduction.
Reproduction is 1. a reproducing or being reproduced 2. something made by reproducing; copy, close imitation, duplication, etc. or 3. the process, sexual or asexual, by which animals and plants produce new individuals of the same kind
Since this is the term used by a group claiming to advocate for the rights of women, I’m thinking they mean the second and third meanings respectively. So, Reproductive would refer to childbearing or the ability to reproduce new human beings. Got it.
Justice is 1. the quality of being just; righteousness, equitableness, or moral rightness, 2. rightfulness or lawfulness, as of a claim or title; justness of ground or reason, 3. the moral principle determining just conduct, 4. conformity to this principle, as manifested in conduct; just conduct, dealing, or treatment, 5. the administering of deserved punishment or reward, 6. the maintenance or administration of what is just by law, as by judicial or other proceedings, 7. judgment of persons or causes by judicial process
So, justice is the linchpin in this phrase because in order to establish what justice is would require an absolute truth.
In other words, what is just to me may not be just to you.
It is clear that the people gathering for the Women’s March, do not hold the same conviction of what justice is. I’m not even sure we hold the same definition of what “reproductive” is.
To me, reproductive pertains not only the adults involved but to the person that has been reproduced. This makes justice change altogether. When there is a tiny person involved, one with no ability to defend themselves, I believe it is just to protect their right to life and that it is unjust to intentionally kill them.
I wonder how many people actually think about these slogans and what they really mean. Reproductive justice doesn’t mean anything on its face. It is a wholly subjective slogan, a worthless term for anyone thoughtful enough to require truth.
It is a propaganda tool.
Abortion is anything but just by any standard, except the tyrannical standard; that a more powerful person may kill a less powerful person, if that is their choice.
The idea that a human being must comply with some arbitrary criteria in order to be afforded the right to life and other rights of personhood is the utmost affront to justice. Tiny humans don’t qualify? What if someone decided that your demographic doesn’t qualify? What if you were the target at the whim of someone of greatly superior status?
So, I could say that reproductive justice means that the ones reproduced have the full rights afforded to the rest of us but that would be meaningless to someone who would say that reproductive justice means having the right to kill those reproduced because -choice.
I don’t see it as any more complicated than that. What do you think?