Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice


CRRJ Faculty Director Melissa Murray and CRRJ Executive Director Jill E. Adams

Welcome to the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice (CRRJ — pronounced “courage”), a multidisciplinary research center dedicated to issues of reproduction and designed to support policy solutions by connecting people and ideas across the academic-advocate divide.

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Conference:  CRRJ @ 5: Unrivaled + Undaunted — October 27, 2017

Celebrating 5 Years of Advancing Reproductive Rights and Justice

Join us for a full day of presentations and conversations about some of the most complex and compelling reproductive rights and justice issues of the day.  Hear from leading experts in academia and advocacy speak about efforts to restore insurance coverage for abortion, abolish welfare family caps, and halt the criminalization of self-induced abortion.  Discuss trends and best practices for teaching reproductive rights and justice in law schools. End the day in the company of friends at a rooftop cocktail reception.  Mark your calendars and plan to attend CRRJ@5: Unrivaled + Undaunted!

Registration will close on Friday, October 20, 5 pm

For more information and registration, visit the CRRJ@5 website


New RJVL Collection on Abortion Funding Bans
On the 40th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment, CRRJ is pleased to announce the launch of a new collection in the Reproductive Justice Virtual Library dedicated to bans on public insurance coverage of abortion.  The collection includes 25 annotated articles of downloadable legal and social science scholarship, as well as fact sheets and toolkits created by advocacy organizations. With an emphasis on the Hyde Amendment and Harris v. McRae, this modest starter collection will continue to grow, and we welcome suggested additions. We hope it will be useful to activists, scholars, journalists, and the general public – anyone who wants to better understand the legislative and legal history of the Hyde Amendment, as well as its impacts on Medicaid beneficiaries and other marginalized groups.

Center Releases New Brief on Anniversary of Welfare Reform
CRRJ released its latest non-partisan policy analysis, “Bringing Families out of ‘Cap’tivity: the Path Toward Abolishing Welfare Family Caps” on the 20th anniversary of so-called “welfare reform.” On that day, President Bill Clinton signed into law the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, which ushered in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and with it the invitation for states to maintain or enact Welfare Family Cap policies without federal oversight. Welfare Family Caps deny additional cash aid for babies born into families already receiving cash assistance. Our brief describes Welfare Family Caps’ origins and:

  • outlines their pejorative purposes and punitive effects;
  • highlights how they deepen poverty and hurt children;
  • explains how they ultimately cost the State money and harm the economy;
  • chronicles legal challenges and repeal efforts in 11 states; and
  • discusses the need to abolish these racist, sexist, classist policies nationwide.