I will ask you to engage with your core readings for the week, and asking you to connect concepts from your core readings to your chosen additional reading one.
Angela Davis, “Racism, Birth Control, and Reproductive Rights”
Dorothy Roberts, “Reproductive Justice, Not Just Rights” in Dissent Magazine
“Reproductive Justice in the Prison System,” from If/When/How ; Lawyering for Reproductive Justice
This week, I want you to combine and connect the ideas from the two core readings and your chosen additional reading. Specifically, you should answer the following questions:
- Think about the core readings from Davis and Roberts. Briefly summarize why the rhetoric of one’s “right to choose” was expanded by Black feminists to be the “right to have a child, not have a child, and parent the children we have in safe, healthy, and supportive environments.”
- What kind of discussion did you hear immediately after the overturn of Roe v. Wade, if any? What kinds of rhetoric were used then in the discussion you saw (choice-focused, reproductive justice language, something else)?
- Explain how your chosen additional reading frames reproductive justice. How do the authors/artists/activists bring in issues that are seemingly unrelated to reproductive freedom, and how do they argue that the issues are linked to the RJ rights outlined above?
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