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Session: Theoretical and Practical Approaches to Achieving a New Vision of Reproductive Justice
4163.0: Tuesday, November 07, 2006: 12:30 PM-2:00 PM
Theoretical and Practical Approaches to Achieving a New Vision of Reproductive Justice
A new vision of reproductive justice is serving as the foundation for efforts to address reproductive oppression at the national, state and local level. The theory of reproductive justice is described as the complete physical, mental, spiritual, political, social, and economic well-being of women and girls, based on the full achievement and protection of women’s human rights. It offers a new perspective on reproductive issue advocacy, pointing out that it is important to fight equally for the right to have – and not to have – a child, and the necessary enabling conditions to realize these rights. It also posits that the ability of any woman to determine her own reproductive destiny is directly linked to the conditions in her community, and these conditions are not just a matter of individual choice and access. The panel will provide an overview of the reproductive justice theoretical framework; it will flesh out the ways that this framework is informing the work of advocates and activists in national, state and local settings; and it will make visible the connections and bridges that reproductive justice forges between reproductive rights, women’s health and social justice work. The collective work includes increasing access to affordable healthcare, ensuring the availability of culturally and linguistically competent health care services, expanding access to a range of safe and effective family planning options, and promoting comprehensive sexuality education – all with the goal of establishing better lives for women, healthier families, and sustainable communities.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to: 1. Define reproductive justice. 2. Articulate the differences between the reproductive justice framework and a reproductive rights or reproductive health approach. 3. Describe reproductive justice work being done in the United States by coalitions and organizations as well as by individuals and national, state and grassroots groups.
Moderator(s):Lourdes A. Rivera, JD
12:30 PMBuilding a reproductive justice movement: A social justice approach to women's health  [ Recorded presentation ]
Maria Nakae, MPH
12:48 PMDetermining our reproductive destinies: Women of color building a national movement for reproductive justice  [ Recorded presentation ]
Loretta Ross
1:06 PMReproductive justice: A unifying vision for women's health and reproductive rights
Amy Allina, Cynthia A. Pearson, Kristen M. Suthers, PhD, MPH
1:24 PMAdvancing a national reproductive justice agenda for Latinas
Angela Diane Hooton, JD
1:42 PMReproductive justice in our states: Building strategic alliances to promote a new reproductive justice policy paradigm
Rocio L. Cordoba, JD
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:Women's Caucus
Endorsed by:APHA-Committee on Women's Rights; APHA-International Human Rights Committee; Maternal and Child Health; Population, Family Planning, and Reproductive Health; Public Health Education and Health Promotion; Socialist Caucus
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

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