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Club - If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice

If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice at NUSL mobilizes law students to foster legal expertise and support for reproductive justice. It integrates reproductive rights law and justice into legal education to further scholarly discourse, and builds a foundation of lasting support for reproductive justice within the legal community. The vision is reproductive justice will exist when all people can exercise the rights and access the resources they need to thrive and to decide whether, when, and how to have and parent children with dignity, free from discrimination, coercion or violence. If/When/How values (1) dignity: all people deserve to be treated with respect and dignity for their inherent worth as human beings in matters of sexuality, reproduction, birthing, and parenting; (2) empowerment: those with power and privilege must prioritize the needs, amplify the voices, and support the leadership of those from vulnerable, under-served, and marginalized communities; (3) diversity: our movement will be strongest if it includes, reflects, and responds to people representing various identities, communities and experiences; (4) intersectionality: reproductive oppression is experienced at the intersection of identities, conditions, systems, policies, and practices; and (5) autonomy: all people must have the right and ability to make voluntary, informed decisions about their bodies, sexuality and reproduction.