REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE AND INTERSECTIONALITY
taught by Dr. Colleen McNicholas & Pamela Merritt (see bios here)
Following their Critical Minds program on reproductice justice and intersectionality, Dr. Colleen McNicholas and Pamela Merritt are leading a two-part Further Reflection to dive deeper into the topic. Register below for both sessions. They will not be recorded to view later.
April 27, 7-8pm ET – Access vs Criminalization
Conservative politics has capitalized on a multitude of strategies to perpetuate the framework of preferred reproduction. Among the many consequences, criminalization of pregnant people and those who care for them demands urgent attention. In this session, attendees will learn about the intricate web of state and local level restrictions contributing to the erosion of autonomy in reproductive health care, specifically those that have resulted in the targeting, prosecution, and incarceration of pregnant people. Facilitators will take participants through examples and encourage participants to apply the concepts of intersectionality and reproductive justice introduced in the first session to identify ways they can use their voice and power to make change.
May 4, 7-8pm ET – Courageous Conversations
Courageous conversations involve difficult to broach subjects and/or individuals who are polarized on an issue. They are the sort of conversations that can stir vivid emotions on either side, and many people avoid them in an effort to keep the peace. Avoiding courageous conversations about abortion perpetuates stigma and allows those opposed to abortion to frame the issue uncontested. In this session, facilitators will share tips on how to avoid stigmatizing language and how to engage in courageous conversations about reproductive and sexual health.