Loretta Ross

Radical Reproductive Justice: Foundation, Theory, Practice, Critique

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Loretta Ross is a 2018 National Women's History Project Honoree who has dedicated her career to feminist issues with a focus on women of color. She helped create the theory of Reproductive Justice, adding a human rights framework to include everyone in reproductive rights issues. Ross is a rape survivor and survivor of sterilization abuse.

This anthology assembles two decades of work initiated by SisterSong Women of Color Health Collective, creators of the human rights-based "reproductive justice" framework to move beyond polarized pro-choice/pro-life debates. Rooted in Black feminism and built on intersecting identities, this revolutionary framework asserts a woman's right to have children, to not have children, and to parent and provide for the children they have.

Although academic in language and scope, the topics discussed in the book are very much a part of mainstream media discussions. General interest in the topic will continue with the potential overturning of Roe v. Wade, the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and the growing recognition of Black feminist theory, especially in online activist spaces.