Projects and Initiatives

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In partnership with If/When/How, our long-term strategic initiatives maximize potential impact by harnessing our unique position and privilege to target particularly complex, intractable, and unpopular issues ripe for fresh perspective and creative thinking. They concentrate on public support for poor and low-income people’s reproductive experiences, specifically Medicaid participants who have abortions, welfare cash aid recipients who bear children, and people who self-induce abortion because they cannot afford clinical care.

  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 end their own pregnancies outside of clinic settings with dignity and safe from the threat of arrest for themselves or anyone who assists them.

PROGRAMS

VIRTUAL LIBRARY

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

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Year-round – Facilitated bi-weekly interdisciplinary meeting of students, researchers, faculty, and community members deepen their understanding of reproductive justice and develop practical ideas for integrating it into their research and practice – enter here.

CASEBOOK

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.

WRITING WORKSHOP

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

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