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Year of Publication: 2017

Ross, Loretta ; Solinger, Rickie, Reproductive Justice. An Introduction, Vol. 1, Oakland, CA, university of California Press, 2017, pp. 360

Scholar-activists Loretta Ross and Ricki Solinger provide an intersectional analysis of race, class, and gender politics and focus on the experiences of women of colour. They use a human rights analysis to show how the discussion around ‘reproductive justice’ differs significantly from the pro-choice/anti-abortion arguments that have long dominated the debate. They argue that reproductive justice is a political movement for reproductive rights and social justice, and highlight the complex web of structural obstacles facing women of different background.

Ross, Loretta ; Roberts, Lynn ; Derkas, Erika ; Peoples, Whitney ; Bridgewater, Pamela, Radical Reproductive Justice, New York , Feminist Press, 2017, pp. 500

This anthology assembles two decades of work initiated by SisterSong Women of Color Health Collective, creators of the human rights-based 'reproductive justice' framework designed to move beyond polarised pro-choice/pro-life debates. Rooted in Black feminism and built on intersecting identities, this framework asserts a woman's right to have children or not, and that of parents to provide for the children they do have.

Ross, Loretta, Reproductive Justice as Intersectional Feminist Activism, Souls, Vol. 19, no. 3, 2017, pp. 286-599

Reproductive justice activists have used the concept of ‘intersectionality’ to promote one of the most important shifts in reproductive politics. The Combahee River Collective, twelve Black women working within and outside the pro-choice movement in 1994 coined the term “reproductive justice” to “recognize the commonality of our experiences and, from the sharing and growing consciousness, to a politics that will change our lives and inevitably end our oppression.” This paper argues that this concept has linked activists and academics stimulating numerous scholarly articles, new forms of organising by women of colour, and the reorganization of philanthropic foundations. It examines how reproductive justice+e is used as an organising and theoretical framework, and discusses Black patriarchal and feminist theoretical discourses through a reproductive justice lens.