Navigating the need for reproductive justice in a post-Roe v. Wade Aotearoa New Zealand


  • Eden Clarke University of Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand


Abortion, reproductive justice, reproductive choice, inequality, feminism, Critical reflection


Although it is tempting to absolve Aotearoa New Zealand of reproductive injustice, conservative celebrations in response to the recent reversal of Roe v. Wade highlight an urgent need for abortion-focused advocacy in ostensibly egalitarian societies. Arguably, such advocacy could be catalysed within academia. Yet, navigating desires for social justice within disciplines that cherish apolitical science remains challenging. This article will unpack the aforementioned tension and discuss the author’s experiences researching abortion attitudes and striving for social change in a post-Roe v. Wade Aotearoa New Zealand. A case is made for a divergence from objective science towards intersectional research and the recentring of social justice in abortion research to ensure gender equality in these precarious times.


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How to Cite

Clarke, E. (2023). Navigating the need for reproductive justice in a post-Roe v. Wade Aotearoa New Zealand. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 35(4), 151–154. Retrieved from