Category Archives: Reproductive Rights
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
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
I’ve lamented here in the past pop culture’s lack of attention to the issue of abortion. And MTV has been a big culprit, with not one but two shows about teen pregnancy/moms. But tonight, MTV will do a bit to … Continue reading
Jessie Hill has posted on SSRN a short and fascinating analysis of the graphic language used in Gonzales v. Carhart (2007), the “partial-birth abortion” case. Here is part of the abstract: This brief Article focuses on the rhetoric of the … Continue reading
Amy Gillespie stole shampoo and steak from a grocery store. She subsequently was arrested for prostitution. She was placed on probation but then jailed for getting pregnant, a violation of the terms of the probation. One guard allegedly told Ms. … Continue reading
Guest Blogger Liz Kukura – LSRJ Study Highlights Dearth of Reproductive Rights Law & Justice Courses
Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) recently completed its first comprehensive survey of reproductive rights and justice course offerings at all ABA-approved law schools in the U.S. for the last seven years. While perhaps not surprising to many within the … Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Via. The abstinence lecture starts at 2:50. See also.
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Webinar on Teaching Reproductive Rights â€“ “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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
How do you know a reproduction if you see one? Read Laura Murray’s essay here at No More Potlucks.