Reproductive Justice (Update on the Academic / Activist Game)

As I was reviewing my academic emails this morning, I found the following announcement for an upcoming conference – Beyond Roe:  Reproductive Justice in a Changing World.  Reproductive Justice is the new code word for abortion on demand.

In the spirit of academic freedom and the free exchange of ideas, I would like to ask the conference organizers a few questions.

1.  Who are the pro-life speakers and panelists involved in your program?

2.  Who specifically will be speaking on the injustice of being dismembered in the womb?

3.  Who are the scholars and theologians who will speak on “faith and reproductive justice”?  What are their credentials?  Are any of them conservative scholars who do not support abortion on demand?

4.  Does anyone find it ironic that the main speaker at the conference is the founder of the Black Women’s Health Imperative when statistically speaking the largest group slaughtered in the womb are black females?

Evil hides behind many names.  Sometimes it seeks to cloak vice in the guise of virtue.  We must always be ready to shine light into that darkness.


Here is how the academic / activist game is played.  When liberal activists are losing in the public arena and need objective cover, they often look to their liberal friends in the university for help.  The universities – in this case Rutgers University – comes to their aid by convening a conference to discuss the issue.  They invite like-minded academics and activists to present at the conference, write up the proceedings, and then publish their “finding” in various journals and on numerous websites.  The results are treated as “objective” because, after all, they come from a university and universities are more rigorous about such things.  The simple fact is that there is no objectivity.  The “findings” were never lost and the results of the dialogue could have been – and most likely were – written prior to the conference.


H-Net Announcement Beyond Roe: Reproductive Justice in a Changing World
Location: New Jersey, United States
Conference Date: 2013-10-11 (in 23 days)
Date Submitted: 2013-08-28
Announcement ID: 206191
Beyond Roe: Reproductive Justice in a Changing World will be held on Friday October 11, 2013 at Rutgers Law in Camden, New Jersey. The conference will bring together scholars, activists, and practitioners to discuss a wide range of issues related to reproductive justice. The conference focuses on justice rather than rights to signal a commitment to discussing the regulation of reproduction, in all the forms that such regulation takes, from a social justice perspective. Panel speakers will cover a wide-range of topics including faith and reproductive justice, assisted reproduction and women’s equality, abortion regulation, and justice in childbirth. The conference will offer an opportunity to look beyond Roe and abortion to explore how to create a world in which reproductive justice is available to all.Byllye Avery, founder of the Black Women’s Health Imperative will deliver the keynote speech at the conference.
Professor Kimberly Mutchersson
Rutgers School of Law-Camden
217 n.5th Street
Camden, New Jersey 08107
Email: [email protected]
Visit the website at http://camlaw.rutgers.edu/beyond-roe-conference/