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Women’s rights are human rights

December 10 marked Human Rights Day, the 75th anniversary of the the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Human rights place reproductive rights in the larger framework of reproductive justice. SisterSong defines 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."

In Stand UP, Speak OUT: Episode 3 - Reproductive Rights, women tell their stories about involuntary sterilization, abortion, birth control, and family planning. With Roe v. Wade overturned by the Supreme Court, the right to choose abortion is not the only right at risk. Family planning and contraception are likely to be outlawed by state legislatures that don't trust women to make their own decisions about their lives.

View our Family Planning video to hear women talk about balancing family and career before and after effective contraception became available in the mid-20th century. The older generation, with limited options, focused on family and children. Starting in the 1970s, some women chose to build a career before having children, others to work at home while raising a family, or live a full life without children. Through their eyes we see that to be truly free, women must have reproductive freedom.