If you have been actively following women’s issues on the ‘net lately; then you’ve probably been perusing a lot of articles that talk about Reproductive Health, Reproductive Rights, and Reproductive Justice. Most of these articles are very edifying, and contain substantial information about some of the concerns we have been trying to vocalize and address. However, some of them seem to be using the aforementioned terms interchangeably: it’s like all three terms are one and the same, or perhaps they mistake one of these terms for the other. In order to provide some much-needed clarity; your friends at ParkMed NYC would like to help distinguish these three terms for everyone’s convenience, and
hopefully end the confusion.
Reproductive Health refers to the state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being of a person with regard to their reproductive system. It does not merely pertain to the treatment of reproductive problems and conditions, but also applies to health practices and procedures that promote optimal reproductive functions and performance during every stage of life. It is not only about women’s pregnancy, or abortion, but spans a broad spectrum of different concerns and fields.
Reproductive Rights refer to the various choices and freedoms that people have regarding their preferences and decisions regarding their reproductive systems; as well as health procedures and services.
Reproductive Justice refers to the protection of individuals’ Reproductive Rights from curtailment and oppression by structures and entities both from inside and outside the realm of health and medical services that create and promote negative Reproductive Health conditions and outcomes; as well as promote the denial of basic Reproductive Rights to people.
Reproductive justice is a concept that was brought about and turned into a movement by an activist group named SisterSong. They define reproductive justice as ” the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities.” Wikipedia
ParkMed NYC is a physician-owned clinic which offers professional women’s healthcare services such as comprehensive gynecological services, STD testing, and abortion services. Our highly-trained and qualified staff is always ready to help you with your reproductive health concerns. Call us up at 212-686-6066 or contact us online for an immediate appointment, or for more information.