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Selected Timeline of Reproductive Oppression and Justice in the US and Colorado: 1600 – 2022

Reproductive justice is a movement and framework founded in 1994 by a group of Black women that unites social justice, human rights, and reproductive rights to combat reproductive oppression.

This timeline highlights legislation, historical events, and milestones related to the treatment of women and people of color and reproductive justice and oppression in the United States.


Adapted by CAI’s S+RIVE Initiative from the Western States Center’s We are BRAVE: Building Reproductive Autonomy and Voices for Equity Toolkit, Reproductive Justice Timeline and the COLOR/Forward Together.

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Timeline of reproductive oppression and justice in the United States