Population Control: Reproductive INjustice Coming from the Right and the Left

The right to choose not to have children is only a part of the fight for reproductive freedom. Policing communities of color through forced sterilizations, by denying access to reproductive services, and controlling family formation through social services and regulation of those deemed “unfit to parent” are all part of the historical legacy and ongoing practices of population control. Presenters will analyze domestic and international population control interventions by both state and non-state actors that target women of color, incarcerated women, and disabled people. Tactics that scapegoat immigrants for environmental problems or that rationalize the denial of reproductive rights as a conservation ethic and necessary means to address climate change will be addressed. Participants will walk away with a deeper understanding of the right to birth and parent as an integral component of reproductive justice.


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