Reproductive Rights and Justice: A Multiple Feminist Theories Account
Lisa C. Ikemoto, Reproductive Rights and Justice: A Multiple Feminist Theories Account, in Research Handbook on Feminist Jurisprudence (Robin West and Cynthia Bowman eds., Elgar Press, Forthcoming)
23 Pages Posted: 14 Sep 2018
Date Written: August 24, 2018
This chapter examines the impact of liberal feminism and critical race theory on reproductive rights and justice in the United States. Liberal feminism has played a key role in this fight. Other feminist theories, including, prominently, critical race theory, have taken the mainstream reproductive rights movement to task for marginalizing the voices and experience of women of color and low-income women, thus reinforcing stratified reproduction. This work has put issues like surrogacy, coerced sterilization, welfare family caps and criminal prosecution of pregnant women on the reproductive rights and justice agenda. Interaction among feminist theories has produced a dialectic and evolution that enable them to meet new challenges. Similarly, a multi-theory account of reproductive rights and justice issues produces a more useful analysis and range of strategies than a single theory approach.
Keywords: reproductive rights, reproductive justice, feminist theory, liberal feminism, critical race theory, abortion, sterilization, women of color, stratified reproduction, pregnant women
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