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Irish abortion law referendum highlights need for ongoing debates on reproductive justice

Recently, the world saw the majority of the Republic of Ireland voting in favour of repealing its Eighth Amendment, which has, up to now, had very stringent anti-abortion laws. However, this referendum vote comes shortly after the US’s seeming backwards-moving abortion policy Gag Rule introduced by the Trump-Pence administration on 22 May.

Lack of psychological services in previously disadvantaged communities

The World Health Organization defines mental health as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to contribute to her or his community (WHO, 2014). This article will reflect on data collected through using narrative interviews of a research project about alcohol use in pregnancy.

Rhodes University to host critical dialogues in reproductive justice

Rhodes University’s Critical Studies in Sexualities and Reproduction (CSSR) research programme will be co-hosting a flagship conference to address abortion and reproductive justice issues in July.

‘Rules’ for the First Date

In the dating context, men and women have been prescribed different gendered roles, which ultimately shape interactions between them. Different ideas about how a first date should end exist. For those looking to get romantically involved, negotiations for consent and sex begin at the first date, with different consequences for the sexes. Men who have sex on the first date receive very little social backlash, while women who do the same are branded as “loose”. These perceptions are entrenched in stereotypes which oppose notions of sexual liberation, particularly for women. Although appearing seemingly liberated, modern dating culture is infused with discriminatory social attitudes and behaviour.

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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