Category Archives: Reproductive Rights

Joslin on “Protecting Children(?): Marriage, Gender, and Assisted Reproductive Technology”

Courtney Joslin (UC Davis) has posted to SSRN her new piece, Protecting Children(?): Marriage, Gender, and Assisted Reproductive Technology, 83 S. Cal. L. Rev. 1177 (2010). Here is the abstract: The Supreme Court has declared that children should not be penalized based … Continue reading

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Public Forum Series in London on Gender and Scientific Advances

The University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies is holding a three public fora in London on November 2, 2010.  The theme is gender and bio-medical advances of the 21st Century.  Here’s the info: November 2, 2010: “Making Babies in the … Continue reading

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The Center for Reproductive Rights – Columbia Law School Fellowship – Deadline November 1, 2010

From Diana Hortsch, Director of the Law School Initiative at the Center for Reproductive Rights, this notice of a fellowship at Columbia Law School: The Center for Reproductive Rights – Columbia Law School Fellowship (“CRR-CLS Fellowship”) is a two-year, post-graduate fellowship offered … Continue reading

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Reproductive Technology as Self-Induced Amnesia

I am skeptical amount government regulation of reproductive technology.  Science and medicine have allowed many people to become parents who otherwise couldn’t.  For those who want to have children but cannot, the anguish of childlessness can be gut-wrenching.  I get … Continue reading

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Cohen and Chen on “Trading-Off Reproductive Technology and Adoption”

I. Glenn Cohen (Harvard) and Daniel L. Chen (Duke) have posted to SSRN their article, Trading-Off Reproductive Technology and Adoption: Does Subsidizing in Vitro Fertilization Decrease Adoption Rates and Should it Matter? forthcoming in the Minnesota Law Review.  Here is the abstract: For … Continue reading

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Buying Parental Rights

Earlier this summer, the journal Bioethics published this interesting piece by Jason K. M. Hanna (Philosophy, Northern Illinois:  Revisiting Child-Based Objections to Commercial Surrogacy.  Here is the abstract: Many critics of commercial surrogate motherhood argue that it violates the rights … Continue reading

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Eggsploitation and Abortion Politics

“Eggsploitation,” a new documentary about the perils faced by egg providers in the increasingly globalized and highly lucrative infertility business opens Sunday at the Little Theatre in Rochester. Taking a no-holds-barred approach, “Eggsploitation” exposes what happens to young women who … Continue reading

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Op-Ed on Nebraska’s Post-20-Week Abortion Ban

The L.A. Times ran my op-ed on April 25 on Nebraska’s “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act”: Nebraska legislation aimed at undoing Roe vs. Wade Nebraska’s Abortion Pain Prevention Act, signed into law last week, appears to have a quite reasonable … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger Deborah Zipf: “Every Saturday Morning…”

Every Saturday morning, regardless of the weather or the state of the world, a group of anti-choicers gathers on the sidewalk outside the clinic in this city.   They have been faithful to their cause for over thirty years.   … Continue reading

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Naomi Cahn and June Carbone, “Blue Biology: Women, Economics, and Family Values”

Full text at the HuffPo, excerpt below: … The economy and biology are on a collision course. The latest news confirms what many women fear — wait too long and your eggs are gone. The scientific findings aren’t quite that … Continue reading

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High divorce rates and teen pregnancy are worse in conservative states than liberal states, but moral panic won’t help lower divorce rates and teen pregnancy in conservative states; education will.

Read a recent op-ed by this title written by Feminist Law Profs Extraordinare Naomi Cahn and June Carbone here! –Ann Bartow

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You Won THAT in a Raffle?

First prize in a UK raffle is a human egg. This “raffle” is part of a repulsive publicity ploy by the U.S.-based Genetics & IVF Institute (which bills itself as “the world’s largest, fully integrated, specialized provider of infertility and … Continue reading

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Importance of Honesty in Donor-Conceived Families

At the Denver Motherhood conference, I’m listening now to a talk by Wendy Kramer, co-founder and Director of the Donor Sibling Registry.  Here’s an excerpt from the organization’s “About Us” statement: The Donor Sibling Registry (DSR) was founded in 2000 … Continue reading

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Joslin on “Legal Regulation of Pregnancy and Childbirth”

Courtner Joslin (UC Davis) has posted to SSRN her encyclopedia entry, “Legal Regulation of Pregnancy and Childbirth.”   Here is the abstract: This piece, a short entry in The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion, examines the legal regulation of pregnant women. … Continue reading

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Nebraska Holds Hearing on “Fetal Pain” Bill Banning Later Pre-Viability Abortions

I testified yesterday in opposition to Nebraska LB 1103, which would ban abortions starting at 20 weeks after fertilization, and which contains only a very narrow health exception.   The ban is unconstitutional because, as the sponsor readily admits, it … Continue reading

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NYU L & Social Change Symposium on Reproductive & Sexual Rights

Feminist Law Profs Anita Allen, Sylvia Law and Ruthann Robson are among the participants in a February 12, 2010 symposium sponsored by the NYU Review of Law and Social Change.   The title of the program is “From Page to … Continue reading

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Killing an Abortion Doctor Might Be Voluntary Manslaughter, Not Murder

That is, according to the Kansas judge presiding over the trial of Dr. George Tiller’s murder.   Apparently, murdering someone in cold-blood for performing a lawful medical procedure for women who seek it might be a form of “deadly force … Continue reading

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Abstinence Only Clown

Via. The abstinence lecture starts at 2:50. See also.

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Feminist Theory Meets Empirical Research on Surrogate Mothers

The topic of surrogacy seems to elicit strong and sometimes conflicted reactions. In particular, it has been the subject of some less than favorable discussion in posts on this blog (see here and here, both cross-posts from other blogs) and … Continue reading

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Guest Post by Gloria Feldt: Not Under the Bus

“If we’re going to be thrown under the bus, let’s not be ladylike about it. Kick and scream and make your voice heard.” :Linda Lowen,  About.com/womensissues I couldn’t agree more with Linda. That’s why I’ve dropped everything else and am … Continue reading

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More on Don’t Ask, Don’t Get Pregnant

From Feminist Law Prof Ruthann Robson, over at Constitutional Law Profs Blog: Responding to criticisms that the policy treats men and women differently, [Major General Tony] Cucolo [U.S. Army, Commander, 3rd Infantry Division]  had this to say: The men stay … Continue reading

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Don’t Ask, Don’t Get Pregnant: Military Policy for Iraq Bans Pregnancy or Impregnanting

Stars and Stripes, The Independent News Source for the U.S. Military Community, is  reporting that a policy which went into effect in early November, and just reported, restricts the reproductive rights of military and civilian personnel: The rule governs all … Continue reading

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Nelson-Hatch Amendment Defeated in the Senate

The Nelson-Hatch amendment (the Senate version of the Stupak ban) has been rejected in the Senate by a 54-45 vote.  The roll call result is here.  The amendment would have placed significant restrictions on private health insurance coverage for abortion … Continue reading

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You didn’t really think that Democratic control of both the Presidency and Congress would preserve abortion rights, did you?

It’s the No Abortion Ban National Day of Action, or as Violet says  ”Stop Stupak!”: Center for Reproductive Rights: No Abortion Ban – National Day of Action NOW: Stop Stupak! Stop Stupak Coalition: DC Lobby Day and National Week of … Continue reading

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The Center for Reproductive Rights’ Law School Initiative and Law Students for Reproductive Justice are accepting submissions for the 5th annual Sarah Weddington Writing Prize.

The Center for Reproductive Rights’ Law School Initiative and Law Students for Reproductive Justice are accepting submissions for the 5th annual Sarah Weddington Writing Prize.     The theme this year is Reproductive Rights As Human Rights.   This theme … Continue reading

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The 64 Democrats on the Wrong Side of Stupak-Pitts

The Democrats who voted “Aye” on the Stupak-Pitts Amendment: AL-2 Bright, Bobby; AL- 5 Griffith, Parker; AL-7 Davis, Artur; AR-1 Berry, Robert; AR-2 Snyder, Victor; AR-4 AR-4 Ross, Mike; CA-18 Cardoza, Dennis; CA-20 Costa, Jim; CA-43 Baca, Joe; CO-3 Salazar, … Continue reading

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Chris Matthews Takes on Abortion and the Catholic Church

Chris Matthews does a great job skewering the Rhode Island bishop who denied Patrick Kennedy communion. With apologies for linking to the videos as posted by Americans United for Life (it was the only version I could figure out to … Continue reading

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Jennifer M. Keighley, “Health Care Reform and Reproductive Rights: Sex Equality Arguments for Abortion Coverage in a National Plan”

Abstract: The national health insurance reform effort threatens to reduce the number of women who have health insurance coverage for abortions. Instead of evaluating whether the Supreme Court would invalidate restrictions on coverage, I employ a model of legislative constitutionalism … Continue reading

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Webinar on Teaching Reproductive Rights – “What is the Role for Transnational Law?” on Friday, November 13th, from 3 – 4pm (Eastern).

The webinar will focus on an important new article by Professor Martha Davis of Northeastern   -”Reproductive Rights in the Legal Academy: A New Role for Transnational Law,”which was published in the American Journal of Legal Education in September. The … Continue reading

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Law and Order’s Shameful Abortion Episode

I’ve never really been a Law and Order fan.   The combination of the sensationalistic (not to mention completely uncreative) “ripped from the headlines” approach as well as Sam Waterson’s sleepwalking/drunk/both acting style has kept me from watching it.   … Continue reading

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Oklahoma Wants to Publicize Your Abortion

A law taking effect on November 1, 2009 will require public internet reporting of very, very specific information about every abortion performed in that state.  Here’s the information that will be required by law: 1. Date of abortion 2. County … Continue reading

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Expanding Hyde to Cover All Insurance Plans?

One of the goals of feminists going into the health reform debate this year was to work on repealing the Hyde Amendment (the federal budget clause that prohibits Medicaid from paying for abortions in all but the most limited of … Continue reading

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Manian on “Informed Consent and Abortion Decision-Making”

Feminist Law Prof Maya Manian (USF) has posted to SSRN her article, “The Irrational Woman: Informed Consent and Abortion Decision-Making.” which appears in the Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy.  Here is the abstract: In Gonzales v. Carhart, the … Continue reading

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Center for Reproductive Rights-Columbia Law School Fellowship

Center for Reproductive Rights – Columbia Law School Fellowship The CRR-Columbia Fellowship is a full-time, residential fellowship for up to two full years starting in July 2010. The Fellow will be a member of the community of graduate fellows at … Continue reading

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The Margaret Sanger Papers Project

A lot gets written and said about Margaret Sanger. This NYU archive provides readers with access to her actual words. It also offers rebuttals to mischaracterizations of her views, and other information about Sanger and her work. –Ann Bartow

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Sex, Pregnancy, and Abortion on U.S. Military Bases

New York Times: Living and Fighting Alongside Men, and Fitting In, by Steven Lee Myers: FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARHORSE, Iraq : There is no mistaking that this dusty, gravel-strewn camp northeast of Baghdad is anything other than a combat outpost … Continue reading

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The Republicans’ Hypocrisy (So What’s New?) About Health Privacy

The whole discussion these days about the health care bill is outrageous.   In particular, the discussion of end of life care has become a joke.   Yup, most of the Republicans now outraged about “death panels” voted for the … Continue reading

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The Chooser’s Choice

Feminist Law Prof Nancy Kim writing here on “Complicating the Abortion Discussion” reflected on sex-selective abortions, as described in this New York Times article.   Professor Kim provided context for the meaning of “reproductive freedom,” explaining that for some Chinese women, … Continue reading

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Hawkins on “Doctors as Bankers”

Jim Hawkins (Houston) has posted to SSRN his working paper “Doctors as Bankers: Evidence from Fertility Markets.”  Here is a portion of the abstract: In a variety of medical contexts, doctors play a prominent role as bankers, lending directly to … Continue reading

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Health reform hits abortion wall

With congressional committees having entered the phase of proposing specific legislative language for health reform, an old problem has resurfaced: health reform and abortion rights are on a collision course.   I refer to it as an old problem because … Continue reading

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Law Protecting Clinic Buffer Zone Upheld

From the Feminist Daily News: The US 1st Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Massachusetts law on Friday, allowing a 35-foot safety buffer zone between protesters and abortion clinic entrances. The law, established in 2007, protects clinic patients and staff … Continue reading

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Pharmacists are obliged to dispense the Plan B pill, even if they are personally opposed to the “morning after” contraceptive on religious grounds, a federal appeals court ruled last week.

The LA Times reported: … In a case that could affect policy across the western U.S., a supermarket pharmacy owner in Olympia, Wash., failed in a bid to block 2007 regulations that required all Washington pharmacies to stock and dispense … Continue reading

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Laura J. Murray, “Reproductive Technologies: Flesh, Paint, Text”

How do you know a reproduction if you see one? Read Laura Murray’s essay here at No More Potlucks.

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Missing Girls

Got back from China yesterday, and one thing my colleagues and I noticed was the (completely anecdotal) vast majority of the children anywhere we looked were male.   We were told that the Chinese governmnet is considering modifying its   … Continue reading

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Nixon Supported Abortions to Prevent Racial Mixing

Whoa.  The New York Times reports here on the contents of the Nixon-Whitehouse tapes released yesterday by the National Archives.  One recording (audio file here) captured Nixon’s reflections on  Roe v. Wade on January 22, 1973, the day the Supreme … Continue reading

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Complicating the Abortion Discussion

Complicating the abortion discussion, the NYT reports: [There are] seemingly minute deviations in the proportion of boys and girls born to Americans of Chinese, Indian and Korean descent.   In those families, if the first child was a girl, it … Continue reading

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Who Is Dr. Tiller?

The website iamdrtiller.com memorializes Dr. Tiller and honors the work of all who work for reproductive rights: Here you will find stories of individuals who have dedicated their lives to making abortion safe, legal, healthy, and accessible to women and … Continue reading

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Where Are You? Isaacson-Jones’s “Open Letter to 21 Million Women”

On January 8, 1989, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch ran an ad taken out by B.J. Isaacson-Jones.  The “ad” was in the form of a poem.  At the time, Isaacson-Jones was the Executive Director of Reproductive Health Services (as in Webster … Continue reading

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To PETA, Murder Is Just One More Opportunity To Promote Themselves

That’s the title of this post at the blog Joe. My. God. Here are the PETA ads. -Darren Rosenblum

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When the Right to Choose is Taken Away

In the heated rhetoric that usually accompanies discussions about abortion, it’s important to remember what happens when the right to choose is taken away from women. Women who can’t take care of a child will find a way to get … Continue reading

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