The Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project (RRFP) seeks to further Reproductive Justice by providing practical and financial support for abortion services in Virginia and surrounding communities. RRFP strives to be a resource to the community by engaging in grassroots advocacy for the full spectrum of reproductive rights.
The Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project supports access to a range of reproductive choices. Clients’ decisions when or whether to become parents are equally supported. RRFP’s mission lends specific focus to assisting people facing financial and institutionalized barriers to abortion services.
Reproductive Justice (RJ) is a guiding framework for our organization, but we recognize that this work is complex and requires constant effort. Reproductive Justice was developed by women of color to create an intersectional movement that is led by those most affected by reproductive oppression. This framework addresses many issues that are not taken into account in the work of organizations that focus solely on reproductive rights.
A quote on RJ from SisterSong: "One of the key problems addressed by Reproductive Justice is the isolation of abortion from other social justice issues that concern communities of color: issues of economic justice, the environment, immigrants' rights, disability rights, discrimination based on race and sexual orientation, and a host of other community-centered concerns. These issues directly affect an individual woman's [and trans and gender nonconforming folks'] decision-making process. By shifting the focus of reproductive oppression--the control and exploitation of women, girls, and individuals through our bodies, sexuality, labor, and reproduction--rather than a narrow focus on protecting the legal right to abortion, SisterSong is developing a more inclusive vision of how to build a new movement."
The Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project seeks to further reproductive justice by providing practical and financial support for abortion services in Virginia and surrounding communities. RRFP strives to be a resource to the community by engaging in grassroots advocacy for the full spectrum of reproductive rights. We recognize that attacks on individuals' and communities' reproductive lives impact people of many backgrounds and identities, and we welcome and value clients and volunteers of all backgrounds and identities including women, trans people, gender nonconforming people, people of color, queer people, people with disabilities, and poor and working class people, and other people who hold identities that currently and/or historically have been oppressed.
RRFP began in 2003 when volunteers at Clinic Defense (where volunteers act as patient escorts to guide them past protestors to get to their appointments) received a $20 donation from a grateful passerby. “He wanted to buy us lunch, but he ended up starting an organization!” says Lindsey, a founding member of RRFP. “We saw patients leaving the clinic because they couldn’t afford abortion services, and we decided that his $20 should be used to help them.”
RRFP joined the National Network of Abortion funds in 2004. “We provided assistance for our first abortion almost entirely with pennies that we collected from our houses! Now we’re helping more people every year.”