HLSARJ Fall 2018 Kickoff Meeting

Join the HLS Alliance for Reproductive Justice for our first general body meeting of the year! We will talk about upcoming speakers, social events, and research projects, as well as discuss everyone’s ideas about possible programming for the year.

Date: Monday, Sept. 17th

Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Location: TBD

HLSRJ presents “Reproductive Justice is…”

Join HLSRJ as we discuss the many facets of reproductive justice.

Access to Abortion
Monday, November 14
7PM, WCC 2012
Screening of the HBO Documentary, Abortion: Stories Women Tell, followed by post-screening discussion with a Boston-area provider.

Racial Justice
Tuesday, November 15
12PM, WCC 1023
Co-Sponsored by BLSA
A conversation with Professor Khiara Bridges.

Criminal Justice Reform
Wednesday, November 16
12PM, WCC 1015
Co-Sponsored by PLAP
Amy Fettig, Deputy Director of the ACLU National Prison Project, discusses criminal justice reform in relation to reproductive justice.

Environmental Justice
Thursday, November 17
12PM, WCC 1015
Co-Sponsored by the Environmental Law Society
Marcia Castro of the Harvard School of Public Health on the impact of Zika and reproductive justice.

6PM Event in Conjunction with Boston College
Join Boston College’s chapter of If, When, How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice as they discusss the impact of Zika with Professor Carol Sanger.

Economic Justice
Friday, November 18
12PM, WCC 1015
Local 26 will discuss the importance of access to healthcare and a living wage in relation to raising a family. Framed in light of the HUDS strike.

“The theory of reproductive justice was created because women of color were looking for a way to articulate the needs of our communities. SisterSong’s three core reproductive justice principles developed since our founding in 1997 reflect the theory and practice we collectively learned and shared. We believe that every woman has the human right to:

  • Decide if and when she will have a baby and the conditions under which she will give birth
  • Decide if she will not have a baby and her options for preventing or ending a pregnancy
  • Parent the children she already has with the necessary social supports in safe environments and healthy communities, and without fear of violence from individuals or the government.”

– SisterSong Woman of Color Reproductive Justice Collective

More information can be found at our facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/278564739211662/

Center for Reproductive Rights’ Stephanie Toti to Come to HLS November 3

Join Harvard Law Students for Reproductive Justice, the American Constitution Society, and the Harvard Women’s Law Association, on Thursday November 3 at 12PM in WCC 2009 in welcoming Stephanie Toti of the Center for Reproductive Rights.  Ms. Toti is a lawyer with the Center and argued on behalf of Whole Woman’s Health before the Supreme Court during the 2015 Term.  After achieving a resounding victory for reproductive rights, Ms. Totti comes to Harvard to discuss the implications of the case and what work is left do to for reproductive rights advocates.  She will also discuss the experience of arguing such a landmark case before the Court. Lunch will be served.

Welcome to Harvard Law Students for Reproductive Justice!

HLS for Reproductive Justice is the Harvard branch of a nationwide organization, Law Students for Reproductive Justice, that focuses on the promotion of reproductive justice as a central civil and human right.

Reproductive justice encapsulates the right to make informed choices about one’s body, one’s sexuality, and one’s desire (or not) for a family. It includes topics like sex education, contraceptives, abortion, familyplanning, female genital mutilation, and healthcare. Beyond that, reproductive justice is part of a larger fabric of civil and human rights, intricately connected to social justice issues like education, healthcare, development, and socio-economic equality.

The mission of HLSRJ is to advocate for the promotion of reproductive rights and to educate Harvard students about reproductive justice issues facing women across different spheres – domestic and international, from different ethnic and cultural communities, and from varying economic backgrounds.