'It boils down to removing all legal barriers to abortion, contraception, sterilization, etc., while attempting to force health care providers....to provide these “services” even if they violate their conscience and religious freedom.'By Mallory Nygard
The pro-abortion legal activist organization Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) recently changed its name and expanded its mission, but even though the goals of the organization are in direct conflict with Catholic moral teaching, at least 13 student chapters are active on the campuses of Catholic university law schools.
Last June, LSRJ officially morphed into If/When/How, “an organization that trains, networks, and mobilizes law students and legal professionals within and beyond the legal system to champion reproductive justice.”
The new shorter but less descriptive name reflects the group’s “efforts to demand that all people … have the ability to decide if, when, and how to create and sustain families.” With its new name and increased size — including legal professionals and not just law students — the organization wants to take steps to push the “reproductive justice” movement forward.
What’s most significant for Catholics and Catholic universities about If/When/How’s lengthy explanation of “reproductive justice” is that:
it boils down to removing all legal barriers to abortion, contraception, sterilization, etc. while attempting to force health care providers, including Catholic health professionals, to provide these “services” even if they violate their conscience and religious freedom. The group also wants taxpayer-funded abortions.
The organization claims that the U.S. “legal system should support and advance reproductive justice for all.”
If/When/How aims to accomplish that goal in part by asking law students to organize chapters of the organization at their respective law schools, campaign for their schools to add reproductive rights law and justice courses, and host activism events on campus.Life News story continues