The Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program held its annual symposium last Friday on the topic, “No Turning Back: The Past, Present, and Future of Reproductive Justice.” The daylong event brought together scholars and activists working towards reproductive justice for a discussion of the present challenges the movement faces, including a wave of anti-abortion state legislation, the race and class disparities that impact reproductive health and access to care, and the difficulty reproductive justice organizations have in securing funding.
College of Social Sciences & Humanities Dean Uta Poiger opened the symposium by reflecting on the current political situation.
“I think we’re all deeply worried about the moment we’re living in, both nationally and internationally,” Poiger said, “and we’re here to think through the terms of what coalition-building needs to be done.”
Panel discussions were moderated by Northeastern faculty members and approached the topic of reproductive justice from four different angles. The panels were: “Without Apology: historical and cultural contexts”, “Undivided: reproductive justice and social change”, “Unbound: reproductive justice and legal impediments”, and “On the Ground: activism and health praxis.”