Projects and Initiatives


Our strategic initiatives bring fresh perspective and creative thinking to bear on complex, intractable issues related to the reproductive experiences of people living in poverty and other oppressed groups. In partnership with If/When/How, we aim to improve legal protections, public supports, and conditions for Medicaid participants who have abortions, welfare cash aid recipients who bear children, and people who end pregnancies outside the formal medical system.

  1. Overturn Harris. v. McRae
    Generate scholarship and theories, transform constitutional analysis and interpretation, and shift the legal discourse with the eventual goal of overturning Harris v. McRae and restoring the abortion right to a meaningful reality for poor and low-income women. See “A Travesty of Justice: Revisiting Harris v. McRae.
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  2.  Abolish Welfare Family Caps 
    Coordinate communication, research, and collaboration among multi-issue advocates in 24 states to support the repeal of all remaining welfare family caps and reinstate cash-aid eligibility for newborns. See “Bringing Families out of ‘Cap’tivity: the Path Toward Abolishing Welfare Family Caps.
  3. Halt the Criminalization of Self-induced Abortion
    Convene the SIA Legal Team, a consortium of organizations using law and policy tools to ensure that people throughout the U.S. can have non-clinical abortions with dignity and without the threat of arrest for themselves or anyone who assists them.



Available now – Online, searchable catalog of annotated resources illuminating the foundations and growing edges of the reproductive justice framework – enter here.


Periodic – CRRJ Faculty teach a variety of courses on relevant topics. Here are the Spring 2018 offerings taught by CRRJ’s founders.

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


Available Now – First comprehensive legal text on reproductive rights law and justice issues that can be used by instructors and students for classroom learning or independent study – click here to purchase.


Periodic – Invitation-only roundtable for scholars, advocates, and graduate students working toward publication in peer-reviewed journals 


Periodic – Featuring fresh ideas from the legal and social science academy, as well as on-the-ground strategists and advocates