USA – Recent abortion bans highlight the continued barriers to reproductive justice for Indigenous people

Mainstream reproductive justice and rights movements continuously leave out Indigenous perspectives and voices

by Luna Reyna
January 27th, 2022

As the attacks on reproductive health and the right to bodily autonomy for those who can get pregnant grow bolder, access to safe and affordable sexual and reproductive health services, especially for abortions, has worsened. In Texas, Senate Bill 8 bans abortion as early as six weeks and offers $10,000 to private citizens to sue anyone who performs abortions or aids those seeking that reproductive care. While the bill presents new barriers for many Americans, the restrictions it imposes on Indigenous people’s bodies and the penalties for breaking them are just another in a long line of oppressive government regulations that they have long endured.