OUR BODIES, Their Laws
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.
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OUR BODIES, Their Laws: Kick-Off Event
Saturday, August 26, 2022
This kick-off event includes:
- Self-care bag station
- Vent tent with Women's Resource Center & FGSS
- Ask Me Anything Booth with Cornell Health Clinical Director of Women's Health
OUR BODIES, Their Laws: Reproductive Justice After The Fall of Roe
Friday, September 16, 2022
182 Myron Taylor Hall
Members of the Cornell Law School's Gender and Justice Clinic will present a workshop on the recent legal decisions rolling back reproductive justice.
Professor Liz Brundige, Professor Lorelei Lee, Esme Brooker, Peyton Brooks, and Jacinda Rivas.
OUR BODIES, Their Laws: Impacts of Dobbs V. Jackson on LGBTQ+ Communities
October 25, 2022
132 Goldwin Smith Hall
What does the Dobbs decision to overturn Roe vs Wade have to do with LGBTQ+ people? A lot, it turns out. LGBTQ+ people are directly affected by the Dobbs v. Jackson decision compromising access to abortions because queer and trans people also need access to reproductive health care. The right to privacy, guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process Clause, is the foundation for abortion rights (Roe and Casey), and it is the bedrock for both same-sex sexual intimacy (Lawrence v. Texas) and same-sex marriage (Windsor v. United States and Obergefell v. Hodges). The Supreme Court ruled in Dobbs v Jackson that the Fourteenth Amendment’s due process protection of liberty does not include a federal right to abortion. This verdict rescinds a right to privacy that has safeguarded citizens’ autonomous decisions with respect to their most intimate and personal life choices for nearly fifty years. What other rights are vulnerable in the wake of this ruling? How does this ruling intersect with the rise in anti-trans legislation across the country? This interactive discussion with presenters and audience focuses on the potential impacts of this legislation and Dobbs v Jackson for LGBTQ+ people and communities, including the issues of gay marriage, queer kinships, and transgender healthcare and rights.
Discussion leaders include Sara Warner, Associate Professor of Performing and Media Arts and Director of LGBT Studies; Stacey Roy '25, School of Industrial and Labor Relations and QSWARE Engagement Coordinator; and Cortney Johnson, associate dean of students and director of the LGBT Resource Center.
OUR BODIES, Their Laws: Community Education and Coalition Building for Bodily Autonomy
November 11, 2022
Appel Commons, Multipurpose Room, 303 ABC
FGSS INVITES YOU TO ATTEND A COMMUNITY-WIDE DISCUSSION ABOUT DATE-RAPE DRUGS AND SEXUAL ASSAULTS ON CAMPUS. THIS FRIDAY, NOV. 11, FROM 3:30 TO 5:30, Appel Common, Multipurpose Room, 303 ABC.
Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Cornell student organizers will present information and discuss coalition building around bodily autonomy.
The four sites of focus will be:
- prisons/detention centers
- transnational feminism
- gender-affirming care for trans youth
This series is sponsored by the Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program, the Women's Resource Center, Cornell Health, and the Cornell Law School Gender Justice Clinic