Category Archives: Reproductive Rights

Contraception: A Prescription for Women’s Equality

By Kara Loewentheil, Director of the Public Rights / Private Conscience Project in the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School. This blog was originally posted as part of a set of pieces about contraception and the … Continue reading

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Krause, “Some Thoughts from a Health Lawyer on Hobby Lobby”

Over at Hamilton and Griffin on Rights, Joan Krause (UNC) has posted “Some Thoughts from a Health Lawyer on Hobby Lobby.”  Here is an excerpt: As a health law professor who teaches a course on women’s health care issues, I … Continue reading

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Guttmacher Institute on Hobby Lobby Case: “After Supreme Court Ruling, Focus Shifts to How Obama Administration and Congress Will Ensure Contraceptive Coverage for Affected Employees”

The Guttmacher Institute has issued a statement on the Hobby Lobby case.  Here is an excerpt: [D]espite its potentially limited impact, the decision is very troubling for multiple reasons. Chief among them is the fact that five Supreme Court justices … Continue reading

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Vasectomy as Part of Plea Agreement

A 27-year old Virginia man has agreed to a vasectomy as part of a plea deal in Virginia. “It’s a condition of his probation, and I’m sure he’ll have to provide documentation to his probation officer,” [prosecutor Ilonia L.] White … Continue reading

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Is Womb-in-a-Box Next? Attempted Pregnancy of Women with Uterine Transplants

Four Swedish women who received uterine transplants have been implanted with embryos in an attempt to carry their own biological child to term.  Read the AP story here. As my mind attempts to grasp this medical leap, I couldn’t help … Continue reading

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Mini Symposium on Paid Egg “Donation”

For those of you who haven’t seen it, I wanted to point out the mini-symposium organized by Kim Krawiec (Duke) over at the Faculty Lounge on the Perez v. Commissioner case.  The case involves the tax treatment of amounts received … Continue reading

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Amicus Brief of Guttmacher Institute in Hobby Lobby

The Guttmacher Institute and Professor Sara Rosenbaum (GWU), as amici curiae in support of the government, have filed a brief in the Hobby Lobby case.  Lead attorneys for the amici are Walter Dellinger and colleagues at O’Melveny & Meyers LLP, … Continue reading

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Corbin on “Abortion Distortions”

Caroline Mala Corbin (Miami) has posted to SSRN her article Abortion Distortions (Washington & Lee Law Rev., forthcoming).  Here is the abstract: Two types of distortions often arise in abortion jurisprudence. The first is distortion of scientific fact. Too often … Continue reading

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Converge! Re-Imagining the Movement to End Gender Violence

CALL FOR PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS – SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL TO converge@law.miami.edu DUE DATE: Friday, October 18, 2013 (may be extended) For more conference information see http://www.law.miami.edu/academics/converge/ CONVERGE! Re-imagining the Movement to End Gender Violence, will bring together survivors, activists, and … Continue reading

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Women in the Texas Legislature: Lessons in Individual Actions that Serve to Empower Movements

Thank you to Senator Wendy R. Davis and to Senator Leticia Van de Putte for, among other things, standing up for equality.  It may have only been a battle and not a war, but Senator Davis’ filibuster of the Texas … Continue reading

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Corbin on “Compelled Disclosures”

Carolina Mala Corbin (Miami) has posted to SSRN her article Compelled Disclosures, Ala. L. Rev. (forthcoming).  Here is the abstract: Courts have faced a wave of compelled disclosure cases recently. By government mandate, tobacco manufacturers must include graphic warnings on their … Continue reading

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What Continues to Motivate the Anti-Abortion-Rights Movement 40 Years After Roe?

The Washington Post (op-ed): Why pro-lifers keep fighting abortion, by Helen Alvaré & Meg T. McDonnell: Pro-choice Americans must wonder from time to time what keeps pro-lifers going. Why don’t we lay down our signs, cease our marching and admit … Continue reading

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CFP: Beyond Roe: Reproductive Justice in a Changing World

Beyond Roe: Reproductive Justice in a Changing World Throughout 2013, five law schools in the Delaware Valley will hold events exploring various aspects of reproductive justice in the 40 years post-Roe v. Wade. The final event in this series is … Continue reading

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Manian on “Abortion Restrictions and Side Effects on Women’s Health”

Maya Manian (USF) has posted to SSRN her article Lessons from Personhood’s Defeat: Abortion Restrictions and Side Effects on Women’s Health, Ohio State L.J. (forthcoming).  Here is the abstract: State personhood laws pose a puzzle. These laws would establish fertilized … Continue reading

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Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roe

[A version of this essay was published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on January 20, 2013] January 22, 2013 marks the fortieth anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Since the decision was announced Roe has become synonymous with deeply polarized political conflict. Justice Byron White, in … Continue reading

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Corbin on “The Contraception Mandate”

Caroline Mala Corbin (Miami) has posted to SSRN her essay The Contraception Mandate, Northwestern University Law Review Colloquy, Vol. 106, Forthcoming.  Here is the abstract: Under the new health care regime, health insurance plans must cover contraception. While religious employers … Continue reading

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Abortion remains legal in Idaho, but there are still uncertainties.

An Idaho law against using medication to induce abortion was deemed “likely unconstitutional” but remains in effect per the HuffPo. A more detailed if somewhat confusing account of developments is available here. Updates to follow.

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Manian on South Dakota’s “Informed Consent” Laws and Thwarting Access to Legal Abortions

Over at RH Reality Check (here), Maya Manian (University of San Francisco School of Law) writes about the Eighth Circuit’s decision upholding South Dakota’s law mandating mis-information to women seeking abortion care.  Professor Manian emphasizes how South Dakota’s law and others like … Continue reading

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Requiring Doctors to Lie to Women is Constitutional

Over at the Constitutional Law Prof blog, Ruthann Robson (CUNY) breaks down the 8th Circuit decision in Planned Parenthood v. Rounds, upholding the constitutionality of a South Dakota statutory provision requiring the disclosure to patients seeking abortions of an “[i]ncreased … Continue reading

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Sexual Assualt Survivor on Being a Pro-Life Surrogate

Kimberly, the “homeschooling mother of 4, surrogate mother of 2, and a military wife” over at A Little Crunchy, writes a bit about her decision to be a surrogate mother: I had been assaulted sexually when I was little, it twisted my … Continue reading

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Manian on “Functional Parenting and Dysfunctional Abortion Policy”

Maya Manian (U San Francisco) has a new article out discussing how to reform laws mandating parental involvement for adolescent girls seeking abortion care: “Functional Parenting and Dysfunctional Abortion Policy: Reforming Parental Involvement Legislation,” 50 Family Court Review 241 (2012).  … Continue reading

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Inniss on “Bridging the Great Divide”

Lolita Buckner Inniss has published Bridging the Great Divide–A Response to Linda Greenhouse and Reva B. Siegel’s Before (and After) Roe v. Wade: New Questions About Backlash, 89 Wash. U. L. Rev. 963 (2012).  Here is the abstract: This essay … Continue reading

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Angela Davis on Abortion Rights in Context

In February, Angela Davis spoke at the University of Kansas to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the protest by the campus group February Sisters that advocated for no-cost daycare, a women’s health and other facilities for women.  (For more on … Continue reading

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Glenn Cohen on “Beyond Best Interests”

Glenn Cohen (Harvard) has posted to SSRN his article Beyond Best Interests, 96 Minn. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2012).  Here is the abstract: As Justice Douglas wrote in Skinner v. Oklahoma, procreation is one of the “basic civil rights of man.” … Continue reading

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SlutBlogging in Support of Sandra Fluke

If supporting easy access to contraception makes a person a slut, put my name on the list. I am grateful for people like Sandra Fluke who speak their minds and engage in reasoned, civil discourse on gender issues. -Bridget Crawford

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The World’s Worst Sperm Donor

Over at The AWL, a fabulously NYC-centric blog, I found writer Jack Stuef’s clever-funny-sad-ironic essay, I Am the World’s Worst Sperm Donor.  Here is an excerpt: In the end… Grant and Lee signed the treaty. It was over. I realized I … Continue reading

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Grief for the Children One Couldn’t or Didn’t Have

Writer Charlotte Bacon describes her pilgrimage to a Bhutanese temple: [T]his was the place to release the grief that had come with the obstetric misery that dogged my late 30s. We had our son with ease when I was almost … Continue reading

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Egg Donor Motivation: Sacrificing Truth for Profit?

Over at Jezebel, Jenna Marotta asks (here), “Do Egg Donors Lie?” Ms. Marotta was rejected as an egg donor about her experience because she admitted to having a family history of depression.  She wonders whether other women lie about mental … Continue reading

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Women, the Super Committee, and Medicaid

Medicaid is a feminist issue, and the realistic prospect of severe medicaid funding cuts are a danger to women and girls. That’s the message of an excellent blog post  full of useful facts and figures by Davida Silverman, a staff … Continue reading

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Assisted Reproduction and Cross Border Travel

Richard F. Storrow, City University of New York School of Law, has published Assisted Reproduction on Treacherous Terrain: The Legal Hazards of Cross-Border Reproductive Travel at 23 Reproductive Biomedicine Online 538-545 (2011). The growing phenomenon of cross-border reproductive travel has four significant … Continue reading

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Post-Grad Opportunity: Center for Reproductive Rights–Columbia Law School Fellowship

From colleagues at Columbia: The Center for Reproductive Rights – Columbia Law School Fellowship (“CRR-CLS Fellowship”) is a two-year, post-graduate fellowship offered by the Center for Reproductive Rights (“the Center”) and Columbia Law School (“the Law School”). The Fellowship is … Continue reading

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Review of Rene Almeling, “Sex Cells: The Medical Market for Eggs and Sperm”

Rene Almeling’s new book, Sex Cells:  The Medical Market for Eggs and Sperm, explores the inner workings of the world of donor gametes, and then sets these observations in the larger contexts of gender and commodification.  Almeling, a sociologist at Yale, collected data … Continue reading

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Federal Judge Sam Sparks and the 2011 Texas Abortion Act

Judge Sam Sparks did not have very kind words for the attorneys on either side of the challenge to the 2011 abortion Act in his opinion in Texas Medical Providers Performing Abortion Services v. Lakey.    He was also not impressed … Continue reading

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Facebook Posting as Indication of Legislative Intent? Robson on Injunction in Planned Parenthood v. Brownback

Ruthann Robson blogs over (here) at Constitutional Law Profs about the decision in Planned Parenthood of Kansas v. Brownback.  Here is an excerpt from Professor Robson’s post: In a Memorandum and Order today, Judge J. Thomas Marten of the United States District of … Continue reading

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Safe, Reversible, Non-Surgical Male Contraception Coming to a Guy Near You

The New York Times reports today on “Scientific Advances on Contraceptive for Men.”  Here is an excerpt: The most studied approach in the United States uses testosterone and progestin hormones, which send the body signals to stop producing sperm. While effective and safe … Continue reading

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A Right to be a Parent? IVF in Israel

Today’s New York Times has this interesting story on reproductive medicine in Israel.  In “Where Families Are Prized, Help Is Free,” Dina Kraft reports: Jewish and Arab, straight and gay, secular and religious, the patients who come to Assuta Hospital … Continue reading

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Center for Reproductive Rights-Columbia Law School Fellowship

From our friends at the Center for Reproductive Rights, this request for applications for the two-year fellowship offered by the Center and Columbia Law School: The Center for Reproductive Rights – Columbia Law School Fellowship (“CRR-CLS Fellowship”) is a two-year, … Continue reading

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Robson on “Lesbians and Abortions”

Now available on SSRN is Ruthann Robson’s article, “Lesbians and Abortions,” 35 N.Y.U. Rev. Law & Soc. Change 247 (2011).  Here is a portion of the abstract: While there are doctrinal and theoretical connections, the arguments for women’s freedom to be … Continue reading

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DOL Adds Gender Identity and Pregnancy to Nondiscrimination Policy

Here is the press release: US Department of Labor announces renewed commitment to fair treatment and equal opportunity for all of its employees New policy statements prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and pregnancy WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of … Continue reading

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Tax Credits for Abortion

Could the federal government offer tax credits for abortion?  That’s what one commenter asks over here at Metafilter, about the implications of the  decision of the United States Supreme Court in Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn (copy of … Continue reading

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Reproductive Health Providers as Human Rights Workers

Over at TrustLaw.org, Cynthia Soohoo, Director of the U.S. Legal Program at the Center for Reproductive Rights,  has posted an op-ed entitled, “The Word on Women – And now some good news for women’s abortion rights…” Here is an excerpt: We all…know…that … Continue reading

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Jailed in Mexico for Having an Abortion

According to this article at El Diario NTR, 23 women are in jail in Mexico for “aggravated homicide by reason of kinship.”  Their crime?  Having an abortion.  At least one of the jailed women suffered a spontaneous abortion and was … Continue reading

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Chandra on “Surrogacy and India”

Mr. Smith Chandra, a student at the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research University in Hyerabad, India has posted to SSRN his working paper Surrogacy and India.  Here is the abstract: The Law Commission of India has submitted the … Continue reading

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NYT Editorial: “The War on Women”

From today’s New York Times, this editorial, entitled The War on Women: Republicans in the House of Representatives are mounting an assault on women’s health and freedom that would deny millions of women access to affordable contraception and life-saving cancer … Continue reading

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Googlebombing Links “Murder” and Wikipedia Entry For Abortion

Via Reddit.

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Lawmaker in State of Georgia Wants to Make Miscarriage a Crime

A bill introduced last month by a Georgia State Representative would make miscarriage a crime, unless the woman could prove that there was “no human involvement” in the miscarriage.  The bill doesn’t define “human involvement.” Here’s what WebMD has to … Continue reading

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Higdon on “Fatherhood by Conscription: Nonconsensual Insemination and the Duty of Child Support”

Michael J. Higdon (Tennessee) has posted to SSRN his working paper Fatherhood by Conscription: Nonconsensual Insemination and the Duty of Child Support.  Here is the abstract: Nathaniel was a California teenager who became a father in 1995. The mother of … Continue reading

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Should Courts Award Child-Rearing Damages for “Wrongful Birth” in Cases of the Rape of a Minor?

The issue of whether there should be a right to abortion in cases of rape has arisen again in response to comments by teen sensation Justin Bieber. The 16 year-old pop star was asked about abortion in rape cases, and … Continue reading

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Taxing Abortion

From NPR (here): House Republicans formally launch their latest effort to roll back abortion rights this week, and they’re aiming squarely for the tax code. On the docket already are two bills: One would make permanent the decades-old “Hyde amendment,” … Continue reading

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“Coercive Birth Control in Occupied Tibet”

That’s the title of the report (PDF here) issued by the non-profit (admittedly viewpoint-specific) group Tibet-Truth.  Here is an excerpt: Unless a card-carrying member of China’s Communist Party, there is no doubt that a spiral of birth-control enforcement is imposed upon … Continue reading

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