Reproductive justice in Aotearoa New Zealand—A viewpoint narrative


  • Tania Huria Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri, Family Planning New Zealand
  • Amy Beliveau Family Planning New Zealand
  • Olive Nuttall Family Planning New Zealand
  • Sue Reid Family Planning New Zealand


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The term reproductive justice originated in the United States in 1994 (Ross, 2017; Ross & Solinger, 2017; SisterSong, n.d.). It was coined by a group of Black women who organised under the name Women of African Descent for Reproductive Justice (Zavella, 2020). These women recognised that the reproductive rights movement was not only led by wealthy and middle- class white women, but it was also focused exclusively on the needs and experiences of wealthy and middle-class white women. The reproductive rights movement did not value or account for the experiences of women of colour, other marginalised women, and trans people—or the unique threats that these people face to their reproductive autonomy. The reproductive rights movement was centred on the idea of “choice”.


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How to Cite

Huria, T., Beliveau, A., Nuttall, O., & Reid, S. (2023). Reproductive justice in Aotearoa New Zealand—A viewpoint narrative. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 35(4), 136–143. Retrieved from