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Unmasking ‘Choice’: Moving from Reproductive Rights to Reproductive Justice

March 31, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm


Part of the series: Critical Conversations About Diversity and Justice

The 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalized the concept of “choice” regarding abortion and other reproductive rights for women.

However, many women of color find “choice” to be problematic, charging that it actually “masks” the discriminatory ways that public leaders and the legal system treat various women differently according to race, religion, economic status, and disability, among others.

These diverse women are raising their voices and moving the discourse away from the pro-and anti-choice stalemate and toward the intersectional concept of reproductive ‘justice’ which Forward Together (formerly Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice) defines as the point “when all people have the economic, social and political power and resources to make healthy decisions about our bodies, sexuality and reproduction for ourselves, our families and our communities.”

Join a conversation that offers an intersectional and human rights lens regarding important aspects of the ongoing struggle for reproductive freedom.


Suzanna de Baca, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland; Melissa Kwon, University of Minnesota Research Associate & Adjunct Faculty, Department of Asian American Studies, and Coordinator, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF); Karen Law, Executive Director, Pro Choice Resources; Patina Park, Executive Director, MN Indian Women’s Resource Center.  Moderator:  Uyenthi Tran Myhre, Assistant Director, University of Minnesota Women’s Center.

About the series

The Critical Conversations About Diversity and Justice series began in September 2012. All sessions are livestreamed and video recorded, so past sessions can be accessed at any time. Every conversation in the series takes place on a Friday, from 1:30 – 3 p.m. in the Givens Conference Room (120 Elmer Andersen Library, on the U’s West Bank Campus).

The Critical Conversations series is sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Office for Equity and Diversity and co-sponsored by the University Libraries. These conversations are open to all students, staff, faculty and community members, and do not require a reservation. Please use the hashtag #OEDCriticalConversation on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.). 


March 31, 2017
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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