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Portland State seeking prof with commitment to abortion rights

Portland State University is hiring a professor to teach classes on “reproductive justice” and “social justice activism,” yet bizarrely denies that the new hire would be required to support abortion rights. 

Unlike more widespread social movements such as feminism or environmentalism, reproductive justice is a specific ideology birthed from foundational texts and a foundational person, Loretta Ross, who is now a professor at Hampshire College. 

According to SisterSong—the nonprofit that Ross co-founded in 1997—reproductive justice refers to women's right to “personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities.” 

[RELATED: ‘Reproductive justice’ scholar admits abortion is key concern]

While access to birth control and sex education are among the many concerns of Sistersong, the group notes that “access [to abortion], not choice” is its key concern. 

“Mainstream movements have focused on keeping abortion legal as an individual choice. That is necessary, but not enough,” asserts SisterSong’s website, which goes on to call for the opening of more abortion clinics in order to make it easier for women to procure abortions.

Last week, the PSU Women’s Studies department published a job listing seeking to hire a professor who is also a “practitioner of feminist activism…with particular attention to women of color feminisms, reproductive justice, and community-engaged learning.”

“The department especially values candidates whose teaching, community engagement, and scholarship theorize from lived experience, and whose pedagogy is rooted in intersectional feminist praxis,” the department adds.

[RELATED: University to host panel on ‘reproductive justice’ activism]

Strangely, despite requiring that the new professor be a reproductive justice activist, the department denied that the new hire would be required to support abortion rights. 

“The job posting does not indicate that applicants must have viewpoints of any kind,” Department Chair Dr. Winston Grady-Willis told Campus Reform. 

“There is no mention of abortion in the posting. That's why it says reproductive justice, not abortion rights,” added university spok

Read more: https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=11106


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