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

March 17, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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.

This year's WGSS annual women's history month symposium features the leading activists, academics, and public intellectuals working on reproductive rights today. Registration begins at 8:30 am and the event starts at 9:00 am. The day-long symposium will conclude with a reception at Dockser Hall, Northeastern University School of Law, 65 Forsyth Street. Panels will be:

“Without Apology: historical and cultural contexts” (Moderated by: Margot Abels, Northeastern University)
Dázon Dixon Diallo (SisterLove, Inc), Kelly O’Donnell (Historian), Katha Pollitt (The Nation, Rickie Solinger (Historian)

“Undivided: reproductive justice and social change” (Moderated by: Sarah J. Jackson, Northeastern University)
Loretta Ross (Five Colleges Women's Studies Research Center), Carly Thomsen (Middlebury College), Laura Harrison (Minnesota State University, Mankato)

“Unbound: reproductive justice and legal impediments” (Moderated by: Laura Green, Northeastern University)
Khiara M. Bridges (Boston University School of Law), Shoshanna Ehrlich (UMass Boston), Kimberly Mutcherson (Rutgers School of Law)

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

Free registration is required as seating is limited: neunoturningback.eventbrite.com

Wheelchair and Communication Access will be available at this event. 


March 17, 2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Event Category:
Academics & Faculty, Alumni, Community Engagement, Student Life


Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program
Northeastern Humanities Center
Collaborative Research Cluster on Reproductive Justice
College of Social Sciences and Humanities
College of Arts, Media, and Design
School of Law
Center on Health Law and Policy
Bouve College of Health Sciences
School of Nursing
Institute on Urban Health Research & Policy
Program in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics


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Boston, MA 02115 United States
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