A few months ago, we were disgusted and appalled to read Candice Russell’s story where she described sexual misconduct by Dr. Willie Parker.
We believe Candice Russell and extend our support and solidarity to all survivors — whether they choose to share their stories publicly or not.
As a reproductive health organization striving to embody reproductive justice, we at DCAF believe that justice, care, and autonomy for survivors and safe environments for all are key components of actualizing reproductive justice. We feel strongly that it is up to our movement to embody the world that we want– where everyone is safe, supported, and cared for in the way that they feel is best for them.
Everyone deserves an environment free of discrimination and harassment. Reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations and progressive spaces must be the leaders in the fight against harassment — and too often they fall short.
The National Network of Abortion Funds wrote this well in their statement responding to the allegations:
“Every person in the abortion access movement holds responsibility for fostering an ethical environment, free from harassment, violence, and improper or unprofessional conduct, sexual and otherwise. We all hold this responsibility, whether we are an abortion funder, provider, volunteer, employee, or supporter. When one of us is accused of failing to live up to these standards, it is all of our responsibility to make space for victims to speak or be silent as they choose, and with values of autonomy, compassion, intersectionality, and collective power, move through accountability and restorative justice towards healing.”
We want to take this opportunity to lift up the incredible work that Candice Russell has brought to the movement. A powerful abortion storyteller with We Testify and board member of the NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, she has worked to bust abortion stigma. We thank her for her bravery in speaking truth to power.
-The DC Abortion Fund Board of Directors