SUNY New Paltz Women's Studies Conference:
Reproductive Justice – 40 Years After Roe v. Wade
April 27, 2013
Lecture Center, SUNY New Paltz
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. With this landmark 1973 decision, the Supreme Court – responding to feminist activism and other pressures – legalized abortion in the United States.
During the past four decades we have seen women's access to reproductive health care restricted in a variety of ways as a result of an anti-abortion movement that has fueled violence against abortion providers and a surge of legislative activism in the states leading to the imposition of hundreds of restrictions such as waiting periods, compulsory sonograms and parental consent laws.
We have also seen many forms of feminist activism supporting reproductive rights and the emergence of a vibrant, expansive way of approaching women's sexual and reproductive experiences – Reproductive Justice. Led by women of color organizations, the reproductive justice movement recognizes women's right to reproduce as a foundational human right. Reproductive justice means that a woman's right to control her reproductive health should not be restricted because of race, religion, sexuality, disability, gender identity or expression, economic, immigrant or citizenship status, or status as an incarcerated woman.
Reproductive Justice goes far beyond the Roe v. Wade decision in making three broad claims: 1) Women have the right to manage their reproductive capacity. 2) Women have the right to adequate information, resources, services and personal safety while pregnant. 3) Women have the right to raise their own children.
The 2013 Women's Studies conference will bring together activists, academics, students, and community members to consider a host of topics, including: a history of reproductive politics in the United States; the global dimensions of reproductive justice; economic barriers women confront as we seek to control our reproductive lives and raise children; the activism that fuels the movement; the rights of pregnant women and adolescent girls; and the place of religion in a reproductive justice agenda.
Registration is $25, and free for SUNY New Paltz students with ID.
Please contact the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program for more information.