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A critique on Foetal Alcohol Syndrome awareness

A recently released video by South African Breweries claims to increase awareness of the effects of alcohol on the developing foetus. The video shows expecting mothers place a stethoscope on their abdomen to hear the pre-recorded plea of a child, claiming to be ‘inside your tummy’, to refrain from drinking alcohol during pregnancy. It is called the ‘Sobering Stethoscope’, and effectively represents the shortcomings of South African interventions to alcohol-exposed pregnancies.

In praise of the tortoise

Over my years of engaging in research projects, I have often drawn inspiration from the tortoise. Ungainly, lacking in grace, good looks, charm, and above all, speed, it nevertheless always ‘gets there.’

News from the #ARJC Conference

The Abortion & Reproductive Justice: The Unfinished Revolution III conference is hosted by the Critical Studies in Sexualities and Reproduction (CSSR) research program of Rhodes University in conjunction with the Department of Social Development; the International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion and the Sexual & Reproductive Justice Coalition. The conference took place from the 08-12 July 2018.

Documenting the effects of the Global Gag Rule: some findings by the International Women’s Health Coalition

The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) is documenting the effects of the Global Gag Rule in the different sociopolitical contexts of affected countries. The Global Gag Rule is a policy that prohibits non US organizations receiving funding from the US government from participating in acts that are seen as actively promoting abortion.

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Expanding reproductive justice through a supportability reparative justice framework: the case of abortion in South Africa

Catriona Ida Macleod

Theoretical refinement of the concept of reproductive justice has been called for. In this paper, I propose the use of a supportability reparative justice approach. Drawing on intra-categorical intersectionality, the supportability aspect starts from the event of a pregnancy to unravel the interwoven embodied and social realities implicated in women experiencing pregnancy as personally supportable/unsupportable, and socially supported/unsupported. The reparative justice aspect highlights the need for social repair in the case of unsupportable pregnancies and relies on Ernesto Verdeja’s critical theory of reparative justice in which he outlines four reparative dimensions. Using abortion within the South African context, I show how this framework may be put to use: (1) the facilitation of autonomous decision-making (individual material dimension) requires understanding women within context, and less emphasis on individual-driven ‘choice’; (2) the provision of legal, safe state-sponsored healthcare resources (collective material dimension) demands political will and abortion service provision to be regarded as a moral as well as a healthcare priority; (3) overcoming stigma and the spoiled identities (collective symbolic dimension) requires significant feminist action to deconstruct negative discourses and to foreground positive narratives; and (4) understanding individual lived experiences (individual symbolic dimension) means deep listening within the social dynamics of particular contexts.

To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.1080/13691058.2018.1447687

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