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WINGS: Women's International News Gathering Service
From the 19th to the 21st Centuries
Professor Dorothy Roberts is a professor of both Law and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, and founding director of the Program on Race, Science & Society in the Center for Africana Studies.
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March 20, 2023, 9:09 p.m.
Roberts's lecture “The Long Struggle to Abolish Reproductive Slavery” traces the denial of Black women's reproductive and parenting rights to a 19th century legislative decision that the offspring of enslaved persons were considered like animals, without human rights - even if they were the children of the owner himself. Stopping mistreatment of Black families was a paramount issue of the abolitionist cause and a major reason behind the 13th and 14th Amendments to the US Constitution. But the hateful attitudes continued into modern times, and are underlying the idea that state law can dictate the terms of pregnancy and parenting, now confirmed by the US Supreme Court and applicable to all women. Roberts describes the longterm aims of Black feminists, and calls for unifying the movements for abortion rights, parental rights, and prison abolition.
The Rothko Chapel and the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas at Austin hosted this 2023 Frances Tarlton 'Sissy' Farenthold Endowed Lecture in Peace, Social Justice and Human Rights. Edit by Frieda Werden. Video of entire event here:
Mention of ill-treatment, slavery, and rape

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