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Friday, July 7 • 11:30am - 1:00pm
Jacobin-Sponsored Meeting: How to Lose the Fight for Reproductive Justice

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For decades, radical activists and liberal Democrats have pursued starkly different—at times opposing--strategies for winning and preserving reproductive justice rights. Despite the Democrats' reputation as a "pro-choice" party, Democrats have played key roles in the dismantling of abortion rights—like when Jimmy Carter signed the Hyde amendment in 1977, denying abortions to anyone on Medicaid. As women's organizations grew closer to a Democratic Party with such limited commitments to reproductive rights, there has been increasing pressure to move away from confrontational tactics and to a more uncritical support for the Demorcrats as a "lesser evil" to Republicans. During this time we have seen the steady erosion of reproductive rights. This discussion will take up a history of conservatization of the fight for reproductive rights, provide examples of successful struggles, and propose steps forward for the movement today.

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Jenny Brown

Jenny Brown is an organizer with National Women's Liberation and co-author of this article for Jacobin.  She co-authored the Redstockings book, Women's Liberation and National Healthcare: Confronting the Myth of America, and is a former editor at Labor Notes... Read More →

Friday July 7, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
Hyde Park B