From an episode of RadiotherapyPresented by Nurse Epipen, Dr Kit Kat and Dr Mal Practice


Radiotherapy: Ronli Sifris on Reproductive Justice from a Legal Perspective

Dr Ronli Sifris is an Associate Professor in Law at Monash University and Deputy Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights. Her work focuses on the intersection of reproductive law and health. She joins Dr Kit Kat, Nurse Epipen, and Dr Mal Practice to talk about how reproductive rights equals human rights from an international and legal framework.

Her most recent book, Towards Reproductive Justice focuses on the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade in 2022. For context, Roe v. Wade was a landmark case in 1973 where the US Supreme Court handed down a significant decision that established the right to abortion as a constitutionally protected right that limited the state's role in regulating or banning abortion, until it was overturned in 2022.

Dr Sifris explains the intersection between abortion, human, and legal rights, and how it differs internationally and across jurisdictions in Australia (e.g. abortion was only decriminalised in Victoria in 2008, and in Tasmania in 2013).

Although they vouch for an all-encompassing definition of reproductive justice as "the complete physical, mental, spiritual, political, social, and economic wellbeing of women and girls, based on the full achievement and protection of women's human rights" (Chukwudi Onwuachi-Saunders, Que P Dang, Jedidah Murray, 2019), they also touch on how it impacts trans and gender diverse people's experiences in accessing adequate reproductive healthcare, which can be severely compromised for a number of reasons.

The benefits of reproductive justice are wide-ranging and critical for all people who experience pregnancy.

Listen to Radiotherapy: Ronli Sifris on Reproductive Justice from a Legal Perspective20:2512 May 2024