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Hooton, Angela. “Symposium: A Broader Vision of the Reproductive Rights Movement: Fusing Mainstream and Latina Feminism.” Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law 13, no. 1 (January 1, 2005): 59–86.


In this article Hooton explores how Latinas are limited by traditional feminist theory when addressing issues and concerns of the reproductive rights movement. In her work, she first provides a brief history of the reproductive rights movement and offers a critique of the movement by women of color. After laying a historical foundation, she presents a description of Latinas’ reproductive health issues in the past and present as well as current efforts by Latinas to address their reproductive health needs. Hooton concludes her paper by examining the lessons that can be learned from Latina feminists and offers her own personal recommendations for developing and responding to the reproductive health needs for those whom are Latinas and women of color. A few of Hooton’s recommendation for Latinas and women of color are to first broaden the reproductive rights movement agenda by focusing on other issues beyond abortion, to redefine the principle of privacy so that women can make choices without government interference; and not to rely only the legal arguments made in the courtroom and extended by the Supreme Court about constitutional protection to reproductive rights. By exploring other legal arguments from the state and federal legislature she hopes that people will have a more expansive vision of reproductive justice movement and its terminology. Hooton hopes this article will be used to address the needs, issues, and concerns of a larger and more diverse constituency.


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