The pro-choice movement is more than the fight for a woman’s right to choose — it’s also the fight for a woman’s right to access proper resources.
The reproductive justice movement was a framework created by women of color in order to bring awareness to the harsh struggle that low-income women deal with concerning the fight for sexual and reproductive rights.
Salt Lake Community College’s Thayne Center has partnered up with Planned Parenthood Action Council of Utah, Salt Lake City Arts Council, and the University of Utah Women’s Resource Center to host the 2019 Reproductive Justice Film Series.
“The inspiration for the series came from the legislative session and all the conversations they were having up on the Hill,” says Lohren Gomez-Alvarez of Planned Parenthood Action Council of Utah. “It’s about centering the narrative of various folks of color to highlight that reproductive healthcare is not just about white women. Reproductive healthcare impacts across various identities and social conditions.”
Reproductive healthcare is under more scrutiny than ever before in the recent rise of fetal heartbeat bills across the United States.
“We hope that [the film series] brings people out and sparks a conversation,” Gomez-Alvarez says. “We want folks to come out and feel comfortable about having these conversations and normalizing that reproductive healthcare looks different for everyone.”
The monthly film screenings started in May and continue through August. A panel discussion featuring reproductive justice experts and activists follows each film.
Each screening begins at 6:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at South City Campus. Admission is free.