Week 10

policing the womb

Key Questions

  • What is reproductive justice? How does it offer a holistic framework for understanding the context in which reproduction occurs?

  • How has reproduction been historically criminalized and regulated? In what ways has this been racialized?

  • How have people resisted the criminalization and regulation of reproduction?

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The Supreme Court heard arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization at the end of 2021 and a decision is expected in the summer of 2022. If the court rules to overturn or severely limit Roe v. Wade, abortion is likely to be banned in at least 26 states. Besides legal intervention, what steps could be taken to ensure that people continue to have access to abortions? What would an abolitionist pro-abortion agenda look like?