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Who Gets to be a Mother? Choice vs. Reproductive Justice

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March 4, 2013
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Bryant Hall 209


Law Students for Reproductive Justice and the Sarah Isom Center

Who Can Attend?: Anybody, General Public

Rickie Solinger (author of Wake Up Little Susie: Single Pregnancy and Race before Roe v. Wade and Pregnancy and Power: a Short History of Reproductive Politics in America). She will be speaking on” Who Gets to be a Mother? Choice vs. Reproductive Justice”

Throughout U.S. history, class and race have been at the center of reproductive politics. From slavery time, across the eras of immigration, through periods of both criminalized and legal abortion, up until the present, class and race have structured the ways that politicians and public policy have defined who gets to be a real and honored mother in this country — and who does not. Since the birth control pill (1960) and Roe v. Wade (1973), ideas about women as choice-makers and public policies regulating the choices women can make have been very important to these matters, including in the many legislatures this year.
The reproductive justice movement reflects women’s current struggles to claim reproductive autonomy, including the right to be a mother, and access to the resources women need to achieve reproductive dignity and full citizenship.