Jasmine Yunus: 'Reproductive Justice Honors All Voices.'

If/When/How’s Quick Question series highlights the work of our Reproductive Justice Fellows, introducing our network to the incredible advocates who are dedicating their lives to the movement to lawyer for reproductive justice. We’re so proud of the work they’re doing at placement organizations across the country to ensure that everyone has the ability to safely decide if, when, and how to create and sustain their families, and to actualize sexual and reproductive wellbeing on their own terms. But we can’t support them without you: Please donate $10 to help us give aspiring and new lawyers the resources they need to thrive. And if you can’t give — share!

Jasmine Yunus

Jasmine Yunus (American University Washington College of Law ’20) served on the WCL Chapter’s If/When/How executive board as Vice President of Programming and later as chapter President. Jasmine also served as a Student Attorney in the WCL Woman and the Law Clinic. 

Jasmine’s studies in law school centered on constitutional law with a focus on reproductive rights and justice. As a student attorney in the Women and the Law Clinic, Jasmine represented clients on a range of matters including housing and public benefits cases, approaching these cases through an intersectional reproductive justice lens. Jasmine furthered her commitment to reproductive rights and justice during her time in law school, interning at the Center for Reproductive Rights and working as a policy aide at NARAL Pro-Choice America. Additionally, she choose to focus her legal writing and research project in law school on the intersection of disability rights and reproductive justice. 

Prior to law school, Jasmine attended the George Washington University where her passion for reproductive rights was sparked while attending a rally at the Supreme Court for Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt. Following that experience, Jasmine began working as a clinic escort at her local Planned Parenthood and committed herself to pursuing a career in law and reproductive justice policy.

We asked Jasmine to tell us a little about herself as she prepares to begin her Reproductive Justice Fellowship year at Advocates for Youth in Washington, D.C. this fall.

If/When/How: Who are you, and where are you from?

Jasmine Yunus: My full name is Jasmine Lily Yunus. My pronouns are she/her/hers. I grew up in Memphis, TN. I’ll always be a proud Memphian but I have been living in Washington, D.C. for the past eight years for college and law school.

If/When/How: What drew you to reproductive justice?

JY: I was drawn to reproductive justice because of its underlying intersectional framework and the emphasis on centering the voices of those most impacted. In other areas of the law, I often feel like it ends up being people speaking for others. Reproductive justice honors all voices and works to uplift those voices with a value on community and coalition-building. Additionally, as a child of immigrant physicians, I grew up with an intrinsic appreciation for accessible and affordable health care access for all, and as I grew older I recognized the importance of ensuring that reproductive healthcare specifically is not siloed or attacked. 

If/When/How: When you are not lawyering, what do you get up to?

JY: When I’m not lawyering, I enjoy spending time with my dog (Twiggy), trying new restaurants, traveling, doing yoga, and going to concerts. 

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