Sexual and reproductive justice exists when all people have the power and resources to make healthy decisions about their bodies, sexuality and reproduction. That means every person has the right to:
The term "reproductive justice" was coined by a group of black women in 1994. From this group, a framework and SisterSong, a collective led by indigenous women and women of color, emerged.
You have the right to respectful, safe and quality care during your birthing experience.
The NYC Standards for Respectful Care at Birth inform, educate and support people giving birth. These standards encourage you to know your rights and be an active decision-maker in your birthing experience. These standards are also helpful for providers, helping them respect and be aware of their patients’ rights during pregnancy, labor and childbirth.
The standards focus on six areas of respectful care: education, informed consent, decision making, quality of care, support and dignity and non-discrimination.
From 2015 to 2019, the NYC Health Department convened the Sexual and Reproductive Justice Community Engagement Group to organize activities encouraging all New Yorkers to safely express their sexuality and gender identity with dignity. View resources the group developed:
If you believe your right to informed consent has been violated, you should contact an attorney who specializes in personal injury. For help finding an attorney, call the New York City Bar Association's legal referral service at 212-626-7373.
If you believe you have been mistreated or denied care or services because of your gender, your pregnancy or any other protected category under the New York City Human Rights Law, you can file a complaint with the New York City Commission on Human Rights by calling 311.