No Turning Back: The Past, Present, and Future of Reproductive Justice
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No Turning Back: The Past, Present, and Future of Reproductive Justice

No Turning Back: The Past, Present, and Future of Reproductive Justice

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Equality under law and basic personal freedom—the right to control choices about one’s own health and body—has been an ongoing struggle for women over time and across the globe. With the new administration, abortion retains its place in the American political system as one of the most divisive issues despite women’s health being at stake. The GOP Platform explicitly states the desire of the Republican party to curb access to reproductive rights, and vice-president Pence has long been one of the most vociferous anti-choice politicians, vowing to overturn Roe as soon as possible. Many state governments have enacted legal measures that block access to abortion and other health services or mandate that women receive incorrect and misleading information. The shift in government and the ongoing attacks on abortion service providers and their capacity to provide safe healthcare for women means that we are entering one of the most anti-choice and misogynist times in recent memory. The struggle for reproductive justice continues to animate activists and theorists around the globe – to protect what little we currently have and to forge productive and wide-ranging social justice strategies. This daylong symposium - creatively engaging both on-the-ground activism and more academic understandings - is our attempt to bring into dialogue current debates around reproductive justice and to place those debates and political strategies in historical context.

Join us for a day of panels presented by the foremost scholars, activists, and public intellectuals in the field of reproductive rights. Panels and panelists include:

“Without Apology: historical and cultural contexts”
Kelly O’Donnell (Historian), Dázon Dixon Diallo (SisterLove, Inc.), Katha Pollitt (ˆThe Nation), Rickie Solinger (Historian)

“Undivided: reproductive justice and social change”
Laura Harrison (Minnesota State University Mankato), Loretta Ross (Reproductive Justice Author & Co-Creator), Carly Thomsen (Middlebury College)

“Unbound: reproductive justice and legal impediments”
Khiara M. Bridges (Boston University Department of Anthropology & Boston University School of Law), Shoshanna Ehrlich (University of Massachusetts Boston), Kimberly Mutcherson (Rutgers University School of Law)

“On the Ground: activism and health praxis”
Nashira Baril (Birth Sanctuary Boston), Bayla Ostrach (Boston University School of Medicine), Susan Yanow (Reproductive Health Consultant)

The event will conclude with a round-table discussion with all panelists, moderated by Suzanna Walters, Northeastern's WGSS program director and editor-in-chief of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. For more information on panelists and their talks, visit https://www.northeastern.edu/cssh/wgss/no-turning-back/.

The event will be physically accessible and interpreted in ASL. Please contact wgss@northeastern.edu if you require other accommodations.

Space is limited and free registration is required by March 3. You may choose a ticket for the full day, morning sessions only, afternoon sessions only, or the specific panel(s) you plan to attend. Please select the appropriate ticket type so we can plan for space and allow as many people as possible to access the event. The event will begin at 9:00 am in the Cabral Center at Northeastern University's John D. O'Bryant African American Institute (40 Leon Street, Boston) and will conclude at 5:00 pm. Registration begins at 8:30 am. A light breakfast will be served. Lunch will also be available. The symposium will be followed by a reception at Dockser Hall Commons, Northeastern University School of Law (65 Forsyth Street, Boston).

Each March, the WGSS program at Northeastern hosts a symposium on a centralizing theme. In 2016-2017, the program convened a collaborative research cluster sponsored by the Northeastern Humanities Center on reproductive justice, which lead to the formulation of this symposium. The symposium is presented by the WGSS program, the Northeastern Humanities Center, and the Collaborative Research Cluster on Reproductive Justice and generously co-sponsored by: the College of Social Sciences and Humanities; the School of Law and the Center for Health Law and Policy; the Program in Politics, Philosophy, and Ethics; and the Departments of Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies, English, History, Human Servcies, Philosophy & Religion, Political Science, and Sociology & Anthropology.

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