OUR BODIES, Their Laws Kick-Off

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OUR BODIES, Their Laws Kick-Off
The Supreme Court’s decision to ignore decades of precedent and overturn Roe v. Wade in June 2022 is merely the latest instantiation of government policy that controls and criminalizes bodies, especially those of marginalized communities. Reproductive coercion has formed the bedrock of United States population policy since from early colonization and slavery to sterlization abuses against Black and Brown women, to the separation of families and forced hysterectomies in the camps on the US/Mexico border. Proliferating efforts to ban gender affirming care and inclusive learning environments for trans and queer youth weave together a broader patchwork of policies showcasing the state’s disregard for the humanity of gendered and racialized “others.”

While the Dobbs decision represents “business as usual” for US reproductive policy, it is also an inflection point. New generations of activists are awakening to struggles for justice. Previously siloed white feminists realizing that silence is no protection in a racist heteropatriarchal system. We therefore see this as a moment to gather, to care for and listen to each other, to learn about ongoing and interconnected struggles to get free, and to get to work.

Saturday, August 27
1:00-3:00 PM
Arts Quad
This kick-off event includes:

Self-care bag stationVent tent with Women's Resource Center & FGSSAsk Me Anything Booth with Cornell Health Clinical Director of Women's HealthRefreshmentsAt 1:00 pm and 3:00pm FGSS Assistant Professor Jess Marie Newman will speak on abortion legislation and share information on reproductive justice.

Please join us for our next installment of this series:

September 16 - Our Bodies, Their Laws: Reproductive Justice After the Fall of RoeOctober 26November tbaPlease visit the Cornell Office of Transportation for parking information: www.cornell.edu/visit/parking.

Please adhere to Cornell University’s COVID-19 guidelines. Stay informed at https://covid.cornell.edu.

If you need accomodations to participate in this event, please contact Maria or Aidan at fgss@cornell.edu.

Are you interested in taking a student leadership role in these events and/or do you have any expertise in areas you would like to share with others? Give us your feedback! We’d love to hear from you! Email fgss@cornell.edu.

This series is sponsored by the Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program, the Women's Resource Center, Cornell Health, the Cornell Law School Gender Justice Clinic, and End Abortion Stigma