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A Step Toward Justice examines historical and contemporary topics related to the reproductive justice movement and framework. In this six-episode series, the hosts, Dr. Justina Licata and Isabel Stephens discuss medical racism, eugenics and forced sterilization practices, abortion rights, as well as disability and LGBTQ+ activism.

We would like to thank Randolph College's Summer Research Program for supporting this research and public history project.

Link to episode transcripts: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1LR92c6YCXAZicT3ug6WTRvZ1vk2HAW1L?usp=sharing

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A Step Toward Justice examines historical and contemporary topics related to the reproductive justice movement and framework. In this six-episode series, the hosts, Dr. Justina Licata and Isabel Stephens discuss medical racism, eugenics and forced sterilization practices, abortion rights, as well as disability and LGBTQ+ activism.

We would like to thank Randolph College's Summer Research Program for supporting this research and public history project.

Link to episode transcripts: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1LR92c6YCXAZicT3ug6WTRvZ1vk2HAW1L?usp=sharing

    Episode Six: The Future of Reproductive Justice - Including the LGBTQ+ and Disability Communities

    Episode Six: The Future of Reproductive Justice - Including the LGBTQ+ and Disability Communities

    The sixth and final episode of “A Step Toward Justice” discusses a short history of the LGBTQ+ Rights Movement and the Disability Rights Movement, focusing on the lives and activism of two prominent figures within those movements: Marsha P. Johnson and Judith (Judy) Heumann, respectively. This episode analyzes their activism while also relating both of these movements to the ever-evolving field of reproductive justice.
    Thank you to everyone who has listened to our series and we hope that you enjoyed listening to our podcast.
     
    Link to this episode's transcript:
    https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1pIzEgJf1bUX-0Ta5G7Eeag6PLNHsrBYR?usp=sharing

    • 18 min
    Episode Five: Centering Abortion Access in Clinic Escorting

    Episode Five: Centering Abortion Access in Clinic Escorting

    In the fifth episode of “A Step Toward Justice,” Justina examines clinic escorting as discusses the ways white cisgender clinic escorts can approach this work from a reproductive justice perspective. Thank you to the Greensboro-based clinic escorts and Sophie Deixel for their contributions to this episode.
     
    Link to a transcript of this episode:
    https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1oWDtx9nLa84qeQHUSeQtdveKpHyB48MR?usp=sharing
     

    • 27 min
    Episode Four: Reframing the Abortion Debate: An Interview with Dr. Rebecca Todd Peters

    Episode Four: Reframing the Abortion Debate: An Interview with Dr. Rebecca Todd Peters

    In the fourth episode of “A Step Toward Justice,” Justina and Isabel have a conversation with Dr. Rebecca Todd Peters about her book, Trust Women: A Progressive Christian Argument for Reproductive Justice. In it, Dr. Petrs challenges the traditionalist Christian understanding of the abortion debate. 
     
    Link to a transcript of this episode: 
    https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1_qAIELBixaTbBZItZun7xL5yh7B3xqr1?usp=sharing

    • 30 min
    Episode Three: "Unfit for Reproduction:" The Long History of Forced Sterilizations in the US

    Episode Three: "Unfit for Reproduction:" The Long History of Forced Sterilizations in the US

    The third episode of “A Step Toward Justice” traces the history of forced and coerced sterilization practices in the US from the origins of the eugenics movement in the nineteenth century to Dawn Wooten’s allegations of coerced hysterectomies at one ICE Detention Center in September 2020. Thank you to Tomi McGinnis, Josh Bulavko, Dr. Gerard Sherayko, and Keesha Burke for contributing to this episode. 
     
    Link to a transcript of this episode: 
    https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1LZsvh6_EFUAfImUtdGD243SVGx0Obd5G?usp=sharing 
     

    • 38 min
    Episode Two: Medical Racism Then and Now

    Episode Two: Medical Racism Then and Now

    Welcome to our second episode of “A Step Toward Justice.” This episode focuses on the origins and history of scientific and medical racism. To trace this history, Isabel Stephens examines several case studies, including the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, experiments performed on enslaved women by Dr. James Marion Sims, and more recent examples of medical racism through a discussion with Jacqueline Clardy-Josephs and a video posted to Facebook by Dr. Susan Moore. We hope you find this episode informative. Special thanks to Jacqueline Clardy-Josephs for her interview in this episode. 
    Link to a transcript of this episode: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1nCbZo6wmagYLEYaHvmTOpm84VA7HCwL9?usp=sharing

    • 20 min
    Episode One: What is Reproductive Justice?

    Episode One: What is Reproductive Justice?

    Welcome to our first episode of “A Step Toward Justice.” This episode traces the origins of reproductive justice and some of the movements that added to its necessity, such as the reproductive oppression of slaves, Native American boarding schools, and the white-led reproductive rights movement. We hope you enjoy the episode. Special thanks to Emily Stephens for her reading of a speech by Sojourner Truth, and thank you to Joshua Bulavko, Dr. Danielle Currier, Michelle Starks, Keesha Burke-Henderson, and Avery Dinger for their interviews in this episode.
     
    Link to a transcript of this episode: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1HSiug2EQEtjhAOejt_vCIiDsKUMNNXmu?usp=sharing

    • 18 min

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