B. Transformative Remedy

In order to fully appreciate the necessity of a transformative remedy, one must first recognize a form of injustice. Arguably, the accreditation mandates for cultural competence in medical education, continued discussions, and generated research amongst medical and legal professionals in or concerned with the healthcare field, are indicative of efforts to acknowledge existing injustices manifested by disparities in health care. A transformative remedy can be implemented to address medical education's cultural competence accreditation standards, by exploring the roots of the most infamous government initiated biomedical ethical abuse in U.S. medical history with a reproductive justice lens.

The notion of a “transformative remedy” should be explored from Nancy Fraser's working definition, wherein she compares alternative remedies of injustice by distinguishing between “affirmative remedies” and “transformative remedies.” Fraser explains that affirmative remedies target end-state outcomes and transformative remedies address root causes. The historical and present day omission of the biomedical significance of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study to women and research calls for a just remedy. To achieve this result, one must examine both traditionally-exposed root causes, as well as historically-unexposed root causes for the negative aftermath of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study.