Reproductive Justice is more than just Birth Control and Abortion
By Mary Siskaninetz ’19
Sociology 2099, a course on Reproductive Justice, has been the most life changing class in my college career so far. It made me realize that I do not just have to sit by the sidelines on issues about women’s rights and reproductive justice. This class was specifically important to me because it made me rethink my whole career. I never thought of pursuing or looking up a job in reproductive health. Now, I am considering changing majors in order to be qualified to do reproductive justice work.
Society Stereotypes Reproductive Justice
Reproductive Justice is also stereotyped in our society. Before I came into this class I thought the class would only be over birth control and abortion. I had no idea that I would be learning about:
⦁ the history of forced sterilization in America
⦁ different approaches to birth and pregnancy
⦁ fertility treatment
⦁ environmental and racial factors affecting our reproductive outcomes
⦁ infant and maternal mortality
⦁ birth trauma
There are a lot of environmental factors that are affecting our reproductive systems and fertility. There are also human right issues at hand where forced sterilizations, abortions, and birth control are still being used against women and men.