Introducing Re(al) Productive Justice - 15 Oct

Posted on 15 Oct 2020

Independent Living Movement Ireland (ILMI) is on Thursday, 15 October (2pm) hosting a space for all disabled people to feed into the NUIG CDLP research project Re(al)Productive Justice. This discussion will take place via Zoom.

The key goal of this project is to make visible the experiences of disabled people in Ireland seeking reproductive justice.

Disabled people are often denied the right to make reproductive decisions, including decisions about fertility, contraception, pregnancy, childbirth and parenting. In many countries, there are specific laws criminalising sex with disabled people. There are also higher rates of sterilisation and forced abortion among disabled women and girls than non-disabled women.

This project will explore the legal regulation and the real-life experiences of disabled people in Ireland in making reproductive decisions. As part of this project, disabled people will be invited to tell their stories of making, or being denied the opportunity to make, reproductive choices for themselves.

The experiences shared in this project will be used to develop a toolkit for health and social care practitioners. This toolkit will be designed to encourage good practice in respecting the rights of disabled people to make reproductive decisions, and providing appropriate support so that they can make informed choices.

We want to hear about your experiences as a disabled person of all aspects of reproductive decision making. If you have engaged in services providing for fertility and contraception, pregnancy and childbirth, abortion and parenting (including fostering and adoption) and want to learn more about the project visit This might include health, social work and legal services.

To register for this discussion, email