‘American Diagnosis’: Indigenous Advocates Work for Improved Reproductive Care

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Episode 7: The fight for reproductive sovereignty

Rachel Lorenzo works to address reproductive health inequalities in the native community. In 2018, they established Indigenous Women Rising, a fund that provides financial support to local people for abortion.

Historically, the federal government has restricted indigenous reproductive autonomy. Between 1973 and 1976, more than 3,500 native people were sterilized without their consent.

Today, the long-term grant of the Indian Health Service and the distance of many preservatives prevent local people from getting sexually transmitted infections, antenatal care and contraceptive testing.

Lorenzo is determined to fight for their community.

“My people deserve accessible healthcare, and I will let it happen no matter what, because it’s our land,” they said.

Episode 7 explores efforts to protect and expand comprehensive reproductive and sexual health services in the face of the government’s historic and contemporary efforts to control the fertility of local people.

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