Standing Our Ground: Reproductive Justice for Marissa Alexander
“The over-policing and over-criminalization of pregnant women and mothers is becoming a major issue in this country, and the safety of mothers is at stake.” Read Monica’s Message…
This week’s UUWF justice and equity blog, usually written by affiliated minister Rev. Marti Keller, was written last April by Monica Simpson, the executive director of our partner organization, SisterSong.
This national group was founded by women of color to re-frame the reproductive choice and reproductive rights movement into a reproductive justice crusade. This work has, in Monica’s own words “stretched beyond the narrow focus on legal access … to a broader analysis of racial, economic and structural constraints” on the power and ability of women to protect their bodies, families and lives.
Marissa Alexander, a 34 year old Florida woman, was convicted of aggravated assault after firing a warning shot in the air to ward off her abusive estranged husband.
Her plea of standing her ground in the face of life-threatening abuse, was not accepted. She spent three years behind bars and was just released on house arrest on Jan. 27.
As Monica wrote last year, Alexander’s case is “the epitome of a reproductive justice issue,” an example of the human rights violations against and punitive treatment of pregnant women and mothers in many of our communities.
UUWF stands in solidarity with SisterSong in continuing to lift up these injustices.