This seminar will examine reproductive rights and justice, domestically and globally. The concept of reproductive rights cuts across many legal doctrines such as family law, property, health law , criminal law, immigration, human rights, and constitutional law. Reproductive rights include access to fertility treatment, pre-natal care, contraception, pregnancy termination, perinatal and post-natal care, genetic counseling, gender equality and more--and yet in public and political discussions, attention is often limited to questions involving abortion.
This course will address the entire range of reproductive rights through the interdisciplinary and cross-cultural examination of historical, anthropological, sociological and public health articles as well as legal cases, film and literature. We will explore social movements, population policy, sexuality, gender, race/ethnicity and poverty, as well as look at legal and policy responses such as decriminalization, financial regulation, and public interest litigation.
Some of the questions this seminar will consider are: What are the legal doctrines that constitute reproductive (and sexual) rights, and in being so constructed, what actions do they enable and constrain? What roles have the US Supreme, and other Constitutional Courts, played in constructing elite and popular debates? Why is abortion so central? How do reproductive and new media technologies contribute to the global and local conversations and social movements? How have the concepts of reproductive rights transformed into claims for reproductive and what does it mean?
Grades will be based on an oral class presentation and final paper.