S2E9: Why are repro­duc­tive rights so con­tentious in the US and Argentina?

There is con­sid­er­able polit­i­cal mobi­liza­tion and legal con­tention around Repro­duc­tive rights in many democ­ra­cies around the world. In the US, a roll­back of these rights has been under­way over the past decades. The Supreme Court is like­ly to (re)consider its land­mark 1973 Roe v Wade rul­ing that legal­ized abor­tion nation­wide. In con­trast, activists have made progress on repro­duc­tive rights else­where in the world. Only a few months ago, Argenti­na legalised abor­tions up to the 14th week of preg­nan­cy. In this episode, we’re joined by Katha Pol­litt (fem­i­nist writer and activist) and Tama­ra Tenen­baum (Uni­ver­si­ty of Buenos Aires and also an activist) to com­pare and con­trast the expe­ri­ence in their soci­eties. They dis­cuss what the cur­rent strug­gles, set­backs and vic­to­ries mean for the future of repro­duc­tive rights around the world.


Shalini Randeria

Shalini Randeria is Rector and President of the Central European University (Vienna/Budapest). Before, she was Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute Geneva, and Rector of the Institute of Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna from 2014 to 2021. She has published widely on the anthropology of globalisation, law, the state and social movements. Her empirical research on India also addresses issues of post-coloniality and multiple modernities.