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Beyond Roe

Reproductive Justice
in a Changing World

Rutgers School of Law – Camden
October 11, 2013
8:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

CLE credit is available for the conference.
Conference materials will be made available electronically for attendees.


Bonus event October 10
"The Making of a Reproductive Justice Plaintiff"

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Beyond Roe: Reproductive Justice in a Changing World

Using the 40th Anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade as a point of departure, this conference will bring together scholars, activists, and practitioners to discuss a wide range of issues related to reproductive justice and reproductive oppression. The conference deliberately focuses on justice rather than rights to signal a commitment to discussing the regulation of reproduction, in all the forms that such regulation takes, from a social justice perspective. The conference will explore and study diverse experiences rooted in differences that emerge from race, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, religion, ethnicity, histories of incarceration, education level, immigration status, age and the like.

With a broad range of thinkers addressing a multiplicity of issues, the conference will offer an opportunity to look beyond Roe and abortion to explore how to create a world in which reproductive justice is available to all.

Byllye Avery, founder of the Black Women's Health Imperative (formerly the National Black Women's Health Project), will be the featured speaker at the conference.

Please continue to check this website for conference updates. Address inquiries about the conference to Professor Kimberly Mutcherson.

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What is Reproductive Justice?

The reproductive justice framework focuses on the right to have children, to not have children, and to parent children in safe and healthy environments. This framework has its roots in the human right to make fundamental personal decisions related to procreation, family formation, and parenting. Further, the justice framework explicitly recognizes a societal and governmental obligation to support individual decision-making and create the conditions that allow individuals to implement their core life decisions.

While still recognizing the critical nature of legally supported rights to make individual choices, the justice framework broadens the analysis to consider structural inequality and intersectional issues related to race, economic fragility, immigration status, sexual orientation, criminal convictions and more.


Conference Funders

This conference was made possible by generous support from Dean Ray Solomon at Rutgers Law (Camden), Chancellor Wendell Pritchett at Rutgers University-Camden, the Ford Foundation, the Women and Health Initiative of the Institute for Women's Leadership (Rutgers University), the Women's and Gender Studies Program at Rutgers University-Camden, and the Department of History at Rutgers University- Camden.

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