Reproductive Justice 101

I came across this great post by Jessica Yee on the history of reproductive justice (as a term, as a movement) today. It outlines how reproductive justice shifts the narrative in significant ways away from a solely rights or choices based model of reproductive freedom. Here’s a great quotation:

“So what’s this thing called “reproductive justice” anyway? Reproductive justice as defined by Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice, one of the founding organizations of the term is, “The emotional, physical, mental, economic, social, and political and recognizes that the governmental control of reproductive systems and bodies violates all eight categories of human rights.” SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, also a founding organization of the term, breaks it down to three things: the right to 1) Have a child; 2) Not have a child; and 3) Raise children in safe and healthy environments. RJ goes beyond the usual rhetoric of “pro-choice” to just focus on abortion, and it addresses the systemic oppression of people of color and Indigenous people who have historically (and presently) been excluded from the movement and whose realities are far too often ignored.”

Check out the rest on Jessica Danforth’s page at:

Also, check out this wonderful call for papers. The journal is espeically intersted in activitist and students.

CFP: The Future of Reproductive Justice

Call for Papers for a Femspec Special Issue:

The Future(s) of Reproductive Justice
Human Rights + (Social Justice Projects) * (Access + Consent) = Reproductive Justice

The term “reproductive justice” emerges from the work of women of color activists in the 1990s, who linked access to reproductive healthcare to racist, classist, and sexist power structures. SF authors like Octavia Butler, Nancy Kress, Suzy Charnas, and Marge Piercy have all used their work to explore the connections between power, access, consent, and reproductive wellbeing. In this special issue of Femspec, we invite our contributors to think critically about the future(s) of the reproductive justice movement.

As a peer reviewed journal dedicated to critical and creative works that challenge gender, Femspec branches several genres. Because of this, we cast our net wide, in search of articles, fiction, poetry, and prose that explores…

  • Speculative fiction’s engagement with reproductive justice
  • The connections between reproductive justice, bodily sovereignty, and science fiction feminisms
  • Fantasies of choice/non-choice in feminist utopias and dystopias
  • Visions of reproductive freedom
  • Policy, access to healthcare, and speculative fiction’s role in resisting conservative projects
  • Short stories, poetry, and excerpts from longer projects
  • Creative nonfiction

We particularly encourage submissions from students, scholars at large, and writers working outside the academy. This project will be partially funded through Kickstarter.

DEADLINE: October 15th, 2012

MLA format required. See the Femspec website ( for paper submission format. All copyrights will be maintained by Femspec. The cover artist will receive two free copies of the issue. The journal is double anonymously peer-reviewed. All submitters must have active subscriptions throughout the submission, review, and publication process.



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