Reproductive Justice is an
intersectional framework that combines the pursuits of reproductive rights and social
justice. The framework expands upon the dominant discourse of reproductive
rights that has long focused on women’s right to avoid compulsory motherhood, a
political perspective that fails to acknowledge the extensive history of denying
reproductive autonomy to marginalized and oppressed persons. In contrast,
Reproductive Justice seeks to contextualize ‘choice’ in relation to race,
class, colonialism, sexuality, and ability.
The Penn State Reproductive
Justice Project (PSRJP), convened by Susanne Klausen, is an interdisciplinary
hub for Penn State scholars at all levels who envision a world in which all
people, regardless of their race, nationality, gender, class, sexual
orientation, ability, and religion, can self-determine their reproductive and
sexual lives free from discrimination, coercion, and violence. We aim to
further knowledge about the ongoing effects of reproductive and sexual violence
perpetuated during the process of colonization and colonial rule. We hope to
produce research that addresses both historical as well as contemporary
reproductive health services designed and funded to perpetuate the colonization
of indigenous peoples’ and other marginalized people’s bodies.
Financial support from the REI
assists in the development of PSRJP initiatives, which include:
1. Promoting scholarship by
organizing workshops and conferences for faculty, students, and activists
advancing Reproductive Justice at Penn State, in the United States, and
internationally, with research outcomes in forms including special issues of
journals, edited collections, podcasts, and documentary films.
2. Offering interdisciplinary
undergraduate and graduate courses about national and international
reproductive justice issues and struggles.
3. Developing a Study Abroad
undergraduate course focusing on the legacy of colonialism on people’s
reproductive and sexual lives.