Smile Politely

Watch a free screening of Birthing Justice at Spurlock Museum

A young Black girl is hugging a Black woman from behind. They are both smiling.

Urbana-Champaign Reproductive Justice is joining up with several other organizations to present the film Birthing Justice at Spurlock Museum on November 14th at 6:30 p.m. From the event description:

Nation-wide, Black women are three times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause than White women. In 2022, Black women’s maternal mortality rate in Chicago was nearly six times higher than White women. 

This award-winning, feature-length documentary film centers on the expertise and lived experiences of Black women and their advocates. As cameras follow women through pregnancy, delivery, and the postpartum period, medical and social justice experts expose the challenges they face—including genetic predispositions, chronic stress, racial bias, culturally ignorant care and barriers to adequate healthcare. These inequitable structures and systems have resulted in a racial disparity in maternal and infant health.

The free screening will be accompanied by panelists Isis Rose, Executive Director of BIPOC for Better Birth, and Tuyet Mai Hoang from the School of Social Work.

The screening is co-sponsored by BIPOC for Better Birth, Elevated Access, GEO Solidarity Committee, Illinois Students for Reproductive Justice, Planned Parenthood Illinois Action, School of Social Work, Spurlock Museum, and YWCA Champaign County.

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