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LSRJ is a nationwide network of law students, professors, and practitioners ensuring the future of reproductive justice by educating, organizing, and supporting law students on over 115 campuses. Mentoring and mobilizing a diverse group of new lawyers is an essential long-term strategy for building additional capacity, vision, and support for the reproductive justice movement. LSRJ is the only student-centered organization training the next generation of judges, scholars, advocates, and elected officials on how to protect, expand, and realize reproductive rights as basic civil and human rights.
How does Reproductive Justice effect you?
African Americans: Reproductive oppression has plagued African Americans for centuries from forced procreation during the 19th century to forced sterilization and deceptive medical experimentation during the 20th century. Poor African-American women have been disproportionately prosecuted for substance use during pregnancy.□ Immigrants: The former HPV vaccination mandate for immigrants, inadequate health services in detention, family reunification, and culturally competent health care are RJ challenges.
□ Latinas/os: More than one-third of
Latinas/os are currently uninsured – more than any other racial or
ethnic group. First-trimester prenatal care is less common among
Latinas, who experience higher than average maternal mortality and
infant mortality rates. Latinas/os have higher STI, HIV, and teen
pregnancy rates than Caucasian people.
□ Poor and low-income people: Parents receiving public aid struggle against child exclusion policies (welfare family caps) and welfare-to-work mandates that do not provide child care. Their reproductive health is endangered by a lack of access to quality, affordable health care, coercive use of LARC (long-acting reversible contraception, such as Depo-Provera or IUDs), and a longstanding ban on federal funding for abortion care (Hyde Amendment). Low-wage workers from the field to the factory to the family room suffer reproductive harms from daily exposure to toxic chemicals.
in prison: Prison healthcare services, including OB/GYN, tend to be
inadequate, at best. Prisoners in some states are forced to obtain a
court order in order to be transported to a facility for abortion care;
and, even then, the prisoner may have to pay for the procedure,
transportation, and guards' wages. Pregnant prisoners in some states,
and until recently in federal prisons, are shackled during transport,
labor and delivery, and postpartum procedures.