Reproductive Rights and Justice

Law 513



Writing Experience (WE)



This seminar takes an intersectional approach to examining the rapidly evolving field of reproductive rights and justice law, policy and practice. Students will explore the historical, social, and political context in which people's reproductive decisions are shaped and through which reproductive rights and justice law and policy has emerged. The seminar will explore a range of issues related to the way law controls bodies and relationships including:
  1. the regulation of reproduction;
  2. criminal law and reproductive justice;
  3. minors' reproductive rights and education;
  4. state and federal regulation of pregnancy and birth; and
  5. assisted reproductive technology and surrogacy.

The course will also explore how these issues are connected to other social justice issues such as poverty and welfare reform and the role of social movements in shaping reproductive law and policy. Readings will include cases from the United States and abroad, legal scholarship, and works from other academic disciplines including public health.

This course will complement those that explore issues related to gender, sexuality and the law and give students an opportunity to deeply explore the gender, race and sexuality norms embedded in laws and policies regulating reproductive decision-making, and the socioeconomic context in which those laws and policies exist. This course also supplements existing coursework examining legal issues related to sexual violence, human rights norms, and the status of women in the current health care system.

J. Dhillon (Adjunct)

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