REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE

Paula Modersohn-Becker, “Self-Portrait at 6th Wedding Anniversary” (1906)

Introduction

In this module, we will explore some of the ways in which reproduction has become a social justice issue. We will first consider this topic through an overview of the concept of birth in feminist theory, before focusing on the history of abortion law in Canada, and finally, we will consider the important distinction between reproductive rights and reproductive justice.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this module, you should be able to:

  • Explain why feminist theorists have seen birth as both an oppressive experience for women and a rich source of insight on the human condition
  • Discuss some of the ways in which feminists have engaged in medical and other scientific interventions in birth, from obstetrics to new reproductive technologies
  • Describe important moments in the history of abortion access in Canada
  • Explain the ways that the Canadian anti-abortion movement has shifted in recent decades
  • Define reproductive justice

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