Projects and Initiatives


Our strategic initiatives bring a scholarly perspective and academic resources to bear on complex, intractable issues related to the reproductive experiences of people living in poverty. 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 their own pregnancies.

  1. Overturn Harris. v. McRae
    We generate fresh theories and scholarship to shift the legal discourse and transform constitutional analysis regarding the 1980 U.S. Supreme Court case that upheld the Hyde Amendment in order to restore public insurance coverage of abortion. See “A Travesty of Justice: Revisiting Harris v. McRae.
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  2.  Abolish Welfare Family Caps 
    We facilitate research and collaboration among advocates in various 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
    Along with the Human Rights and Gender Justice Clinic at CUNY School of Law, CRRJ provides theory development, scholarship, and academic support to the SIA Legal Team, which is transforming the legal landscape so that people who end their own pregnancies can do so with dignity and without punishment. See “And Damned if They Don’t: Prototype Theories to End Punitive Policies against Pregnant People Living in Poverty.”



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 Law Building


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

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