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, a multidisciplinary research center dedicated to issues of reproduction and designed to support law and policy solutions by bridging the academic-advocate divide.

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OPPORTUNITIES

CRRJ Faculty Offer Courses on Repro Subjects this Spring

Founding Faculty Director Kristin Luker, Founding Executive Director Jill E. Adams, and Affiliated Faculty Osagie Obasogie will be teaching classes related to reproduction in the Spring 2018 semester.

Luker — Sex, Reproduction, and Society
Monday 2:10-4:00 PM in 2240 Piedmont

Adams — Selected Topics in Reproductive Justice
Thursday 8:00-9:50 AM in 141 Boalt Hall

Obasogie —Advanced Topics in Jurisprudence: Human Reproductive and Genetic Technologies: Social, Ethical, and Legal Implications 
Wednesday 2:00-5:00 PM in 136 Boalt Hall


DEVELOPMENTS

CRRJ@5: Celebrating 5 Years of Advancing Reproductive Rights and Justice

Over 100 students and stakeholders from the reproductive health, rights, and justice community gathered on campus on October 27 to connect with one another and explore multi-disciplinary issues on cutting-edge issues.  CRRJ@5: Unrivaled + Undaunted marked the fifth anniversary of CRRJ with a daylong conference that featured lively and informative panels on Abolishing Welfare Family Caps; Teaching Reproductive Rights and Justice in Law Schools; Overturning Harris v McRae; and Halting the Criminalization of Self-Induced Abortion. The day began with CRRJ Executive Director Jill E. Adams leading a rousing call and response and ended with heartwarming toasts at a rooftop cocktail reception overlooking the San Francisco Bay. Thank you to all of the speakers and participants who came from all over the country to make the day a wonderful success. 

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.