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P184


Un/Doing reproduction: transnational reproductive justice in times of (post-)pandemics and anti-gender campaigns 
Convenors:
Silvia De Zordo (University of Barcelona)
Agnieszka Balcerzak (LMU Munich)
Joanna Mishtal (University of Central Florida)
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Formats :
Panel
Mode :
Face-to-face

Short Abstract:

Un/Doing Reproduction explores the implications of a fragmented landscape of reproduction in the post(pandemics) and anti-genderism era in Europe and beyond, including reproductive uncertainties and (im)mobilities. We welcome submissions related to reproductive medicine, law, justice, and activism.

Long Abstract:

The recent COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the dramatic limits of public health systems, drained by the austerity measures implemented after the 2008 financial crisis. Fundamental sexual and reproductive health services – abortion and assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) - have become less accessible as people could not easily cross national borders to seek care elsewhere, making evident the need for decentralizing health care, providing community-based services and implementing tele-health wherever possible. Yet important achievements have recently been attained by sexual and reproductive rights advocates in Europe and Latin America, where abortion has been legalized in several countries - from Ireland to Colombia. However, transnational conservative forces have managed to impose their agenda and restrict sexual and reproductive rights in Central-Eastern Europe, particularly in Poland and Hungary, and in Northern America, where the US Supreme Court has reversed the federal right to abortion. While France recently expanded ARTs to singles and same sex couples, infertility care for these groups is often limited (e.g. Bulgaria, Czech Republic). These restrictions fuel the transnational flow of people, medications, and knowledge on sexual and reproductive health that has been supported for long time by networks of activists, health and human rights organizations in restrictive legal contexts. This panel will explore the strategies used in this complex landscape by people seeking access to abortion and ARTs, and by activists struggling to ensure sexual rights and reproductive justice. It will also explore (im)mobilities generated by public health emergencies and legal restrictions, and the biosocialities they engender.

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