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Abortion Rights: 25 Quotes About Reproductive Rights

The Supreme Court Takes Away Abortion Rights

On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade stripping women and people with uteruses of their reproductive rights and bodily autonomy. The ruling has put an end to a half-century guarantee of federal constitutional protection of abortion rights and is now giving each state the ability to decide whether to restrict or ban abortion. In an effort to put voice to the rightful rage against a nation in the process of taking rights away from over half of the population living in the US, we turn to the words of reproductive rights activists for guidance and share our favorite abortion rights quotes.

Every woman and person with a uterus regardless of race or ethnicity, immigration status, religion, or socioeconomic status must have the right to make fully informed decisions that pertain to her body, especially when it comes to pregnancy and fertility. To be truly free and equal, the control of a woman’s body and what happens to it (and inside of it) must be left up to her. The reproductive rights quotes I pulled from empowered women throughout time express this sentiment in powerful ways.

It’s more important now than ever that we fight for all women and individuals with uteruses’ reproductive rights. Finding and using abortion rights quotes that are expansive and inclusive shares our dedication to equality for all.

If you find yourself in the midst of a debate over women’s reproductive rights, or you just need a little fuel for your fire (don’t let it be snuffed), I’ve pulled together some powerful reproductive rights quotes by some of my favorite feminists.

Keep fighting the good fight! With Roe v. Wade officially struck down in the U.S and increasing anti-choice laws across the states, it is more important now than it has ever been before that we stand together and fight for what is rightfully ours: complete control over our reproductive rights.

The following are just some of my favorite abortion rights quotes

25 Reproductive Rights Quotes

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  1. “No woman can call herself free who does not control her own body” ― Margaret Sanger
  2.  “The emphasis must be not on the right to abortion but on the right to privacy and reproductive control.” ― Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  3. “Defending women’s health means defending access to abortion — not just in theory, but in reality. We know that restricting access doesn’t make women less likely to end a pregnancy. It just makes abortion less safe. And that then threatens women’s lives.” –Hillary Clinton
  4. “I do not wish them [women] to have power over men; but over themselves.” ― Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
  5. “Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.” — Kofi Annan
  6. “Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights.” — Hillary Clinton
  7. “Reproductive freedom is not just the ability not to have a child through birth control. It’s the ability to have one if and when you want.” ― Pamela Madsen
  8. “Listen to the pregnant woman. Value her. She values the life growing inside her. Listen to the pregnant woman, and you cannot help but defend her right to abortion.” — Ayelet Waldman
  9. “Reproductive freedom is critical to a whole range of issues. If we can’t take charge of this most personal aspect of our lives, we can’t take care of anything. It should not be seen as a privilege or as a benefit, but a fundamental human right.” ― Faye Wattleton
  10. “It is unthinkable to allow complete strangers, whether individually or collectively as state legislators or others in government, to make such personal decisions for someone else.” ― Sarah Weddington
  11. “I believe feminism is grounded in supporting the choices of women even if we wouldn’t make certain choices for ourselves.” ― Roxane Gay
  12. “No woman wants an abortion as she wants an ice cream cone or a Porsche. She wants an abortion as an animal caught in a trap wants to gnaw off its own leg.” —Frederica Mathewes-Green
  13. “Seventy-seven percent of anti-abortion leaders are men. 100% of them will never be pregnant.” —Planned Parenthood advertisement
  14. “Against abortion? Don’t have one.” —Anonymous
  15. If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament. —Florynce Kennedy
  16. “Decades ago, women suffered through horrifying back-alley abortions. Or, they used dangerous methods when they had no other recourse. So when the Republican Party launched an all-out assault on women’s health, pushing bills to limit access to vital services, we had to ask: Why is the GOP trying to send women back…to the back alley?” —Lisa Edelstein
  17. “You cannot have maternal health without reproductive health. And reproductive health includes contraception and family planning and access to legal, safe abortion.” —Hillary Clinton
  18. “What is this ban on abortion—it is a survival of the veiled face, of the barred window and the locked door, burning, branding, mutilation, stoning, of all the grip of ownership and superstition come down on woman, thousands of years ago.” —Stella Brown
  19. “I cannot understand anti-abortion arguments that center on the sanctity of life. As a species we’ve fairly comprehensively demonstrated that we don’t believe in the sanctity of life. The shrugging acceptance of war, famine, epidemic, pain and life-long poverty shows us that, whatever we tell ourselves, we’ve made only the most feeble of efforts to really treat human life as sacred.” —Caitlin Moran
  20. “I consider abortion to be a deeply personal and intimate issue for women and I don’t believe male legislators should even vote on the issue.” —Alan K. Simpson
  21. “Abortion is health care. Abortion is freedom. Abortion is bodily autonomy. A country without this human right is not a free country.” —H.R. Bellicosa, 44
  22. “No law, no piece of paper that is hundreds of years old, will ever have me believe what is right or wrong about what choices I make with my body. My body, my choice.” —Thalia, 20
  23. “I’ve always known what was at stake. That’s why my fight against threats to reproductive freedom, including abortion, has always been unyielding. These decisions should’ve never been left up to the courts. These rights must be secured and protected beyond elections.” —Rep. Renitta Shannon, 42
  24. “Abortion is a moral choice. It is an ethical choice. It is your choice. There are no good abortions; there are no bad abortions; there is only the abortion you need. FULL STOP.” —Lizz Winstead, 43
  25. “As a rape and abuse survivor, I hate to think of what would have happened had my rape resulted in pregnancy. But I knew back then, even in Texas, that abortion was a viable option for me. It’s unimaginable what rape survivors in Texas will go through in today’s environment. My heart breaks for them.” — Laurie B. Timms, author of Perks of a Psychotic Break: A Trauma Victim’s Guide to Healing


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Annette Benedetti
Annette Benedetti
Annette is a writer, editor and photographer from Portland, OR. Her work appears in a variety of publications including Bust, Red Tricycle, Motherly and Domino. When she’s away from her desk she can be found teaching women yoga at wilderness retreats, exploring new cities across the states and hiking the trails at Mt. Rainier—one of her favorite places on earth.