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Social Work and the Reproductive Justice Framework

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Tulane University
New Orleans SSN

Originally published as: Jessica Liddell, "Social Work and the Reproductive Justice Framework," SWHelper, January 27, 2020.

Policies and debates about contraception, abortion access and the ability of individuals to make their own reproductive decisions have consistently been central for many reproductive rights and justice scholars and activists. These topics have also mobilized individuals to take political action. Social workers have often been at the forefront of mobilizing for social justice issues, however their involvement in the reproductive justice movement has in many ways been limited. In a review of the reproductive justice literature in social work journals conducted in 2018, only 3 articles substantially included a discussion of reproductive justice in their work.