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Abortion Provider Appreciation Day clinic visits

March 10 is Abortion Provider Appreciation day, a day that began in 1996 in memory of Dr David Gunn, the first abortion provider to be murdered (on that day in 1993) in the United States. It is a day to honour every provider who dedicates his or her life to help women and make reproductive choice possible. Without abortion providers, there is no access to abortion and no “choice” (Stevens, 9 March 2012)

Science, history and sexuality: Uganda’s scientific statement on homosexuality in context.

In March the CSSR was fortunate to host Professor Marc Epprecht to present on the topic of “Science, history and sexuality: Uganda’s scientific statement on homosexuality in context”.

Dist Prof Catriona Macleod speaks to Cape Talk's Kieno Kammies

Kieno Kammies from Cape Talk speaks to Distinguished Professor Catriona Macleod, SARChI Chair of the Critical Studies in Sexualities and Reproduction research programme at Rhodes University about why there is still such a high demand on the black market for abortion tablets despite abortion on demand being legal for over two decades.

CSSR hosts a film screening: Inxeba, The Wound

“Xolani, a lonely factory worker, joins the men of his community in the mountains of the Eastern Cape to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood. When a defiant initiate from the city discovers his best kept secret, Xolani’s entire existence begins to unravel…”

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Featured Publication

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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