October 20 Thursday

Harm Reduction, Reproductive Justice and Democratic Action

  • Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 12:00PM - 1:30PM
  • ISP Conference Room, Baker Hall, 40 Ashmun, A436
  • Open To The YLS Community Only
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This project focuses on the harm reduction and safe abortion practices of feminist movements, such as abortion hotlines, and their direct action and guerilla tactics including postering, street art, and public spectacle. Within these movements, access to information as a harm reduction measure is practiced as part of a larger struggle to challenge the state and its authority. Harm reduction seeks to radically disrupt and decenter public power, and inspired by a collective freedom, to construct new and alternative ways of caring and living. Feminist movements seek to use clandestine access and harm reduction as a means to show the hypocrisy and dysfunction of the formal health care system, to bear witness to its injustices, and to re-engage the state on newly reconstituted terms of legal and political citizenship.

Joanna N. Erdman is an assistant professor and the inaugural MacBain Chair in Health Law and Policy at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia. Her primary research area is sexual and reproductive health and human rights in a transnational context. She has published in leading international journals and collected volumes on topics such as harm reduction in safe abortion, the regulation of emergency contraception, and human papillomavirus vaccines policy. Erdman is the coeditor of Abortion Law in Transnational Perspective (2014), recently translated into Spanish (2016). She has also acted as an intervener before various courts and international bodies, including the European Court of Human Rights, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, and the Committee against Torture. Erdman chairs the Global Health Advisory Committee of the Public Health Program, and serves on the advisory board of the Women’s Rights Program, Open Society Foundations. She also co-chairs the Gender and Rights Advisory Panel of the Reproductive Health and Research Department, World Health Organization. She received her BA and JD degrees from the University of Toronto and her LLM from Harvard, and completed a fellowship at Yale Law School.

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice in the ISP @ Yale Law School. Cosponsored by Law Students for Reproductive Justice, Global Health Justice Partnership, Solomon Center for Health Law & Policy, and the Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women's Rights.