Hidden Truths: Disparities in Reproductive Healthcare

Virtual event

The Co-Lab @ RWU is pleased to present Roger Williams University's third annual Hidden Truths: Stories of Race and Place lecture series. This series features the research and policy work of RWU faculty and staff that resurfaces untold histories and complicates received knowledge and understandings of our collective pasts. The series engages the campus community and the public in deeper understandings and informed dialogues around how past inequities continue to impact societal and cultural realities and disparities today.

Join us Tuesday, February 7, for "Who Has Access to Rights?: Disparities in Reproductive Healthcare," a lecture presented by Brittany L. Raposa, Professor of Law.

Currently in the New England area, reproductive rights are largely protected through law, even with the possibility of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade. However, the history of reproductive rights in New England sheds light on an ever-existing issue: there are stark disparities in reproductive healthcare outcomes for women of color and women of lower socio-economic status. While laws may secure the reproductive rights for individuals in New England, the systemic racism from our history still exists to show that not all have ACCESS to these rights, resulting in poorer and unequal health outcomes. This presentation will give an overview of reproductive health law in New England, and presently demonstrate how current laws in New England protect individual's reproductive rights. However, the presentation will then reveal how, despite these rights existing, many women of color and women of lower socio-economic status do not have equal access to exercise these rights, resulting in the systemic racism and reproductive healthcare disparities.

Brittany L. Raposa is a professor at Roger Williams University School of Law where she teaches Reproductive Rights and Family Law, and directs the law school's bar exam preparation program. Her scholarship focuses on access to reproductive healthcare, and disparities in reproductive healthcare outcomes.

Who Has Access to Rights?: Disparities in Reproductive Healthcare
Tuesday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m.
Link to view on Zoom: https://rwu.zoom.us/j/98414985109?pwd=SWtrVUwrRlhlUlovVG0rT3hjbXhEZz09

Roger Williams University year-long series, Hidden Truths: Stories of Race and Place, aims to engage the campus community in a deeper understanding and informed dialogue around racial justice and equity issues within local and global histories. The series is sponsored by the Office of the President and the Provost’s Office.
All lectures will take place virtually and will be available for later viewing, making the presentations modular and accessible to work into courses. To view past presentations in the series, visit RWU’s YouTube channel.

All members of the campus community and the general public are welcome to attend these virtual conversations.