Category Archives: Reproductive Rights

Only Words: Bill O’Reilly’s Angry Tirades Against Dr. George Tiller

Via this Salon article, which notes: … Tiller’s name first appeared on “The Factor” on Feb. 25, 2005. Since then, O’Reilly and his guest hosts have brought up the doctor on 28 more episodes, including as recently as April 27 … Continue reading

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Dr. George Tiller Murdered

I wish I could label this an unbelievably tragic event, but it’s all too believable, unfortunately.   Today, Dr. George Tiller was murdered while ushering at his church. If you don’t know of Dr. Tiller, he’s one of the modern … Continue reading

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Essay of Interest: Michael DiChiara’s A Case of First Impression: The Third Circuit Recognizes That Having An Abortion Is Protected By Title VII

Over the last few months, I have been working on a Submission Guide for Online Law Review Supplements. While doing my research for the Guide, I came across an interesting volume of the  Rutgers Law Record, the online supplement to … Continue reading

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Ross Douthat on Abortion and Marriage

Ross Douthat has published another op-ed on abortion (and marriage) in the NY Times today: Faking Left: Among their many aspirations for his presidency, Barack Obama’s admirers nurse a persistent hope that he might be able to end the culture … Continue reading

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Ann Rossiter, “Ireland’s Hidden Diaspora: the ‘abortion trail’ and the making of a London-Irish underground, 1980-2000″

From this site: Every year, approximately 5,000 women from the Republic of Ireland and 1,500 from Northern Ireland cross the Irish Sea to have an abortion in a British clinic. They come and go in secret, like women ‘on the … Continue reading

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Sarah B. Lawsky and Naomi Cahn, “Embryo Exchanges and Adoption Tax Credits”

Abstract: The”Option of Adoption Act,”a Georgia bill introduced by a staunchly anti-abortion Georgia state representative, establishes procedures for genetic donors to relinquish their rights to embryos before birth and permits, but does not require, embryo recipients to petition a court … Continue reading

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“Abortion Recovery” Group Not Interested In Teen Pregnancy Prevention After All

Abortion Recovery InterNational describes itself as “the first and only Christian affiliate  association that works to unite recovery centers, programs and supporting organizations around the world by serving as a network of recovery, awareness, educational and research resources providing information … Continue reading

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It’s National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Today is the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. Via the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy: Hundreds of thousands of teens nationwide are expected to participate in the eighth annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy on May 6, … Continue reading

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Babies and Pigs in Diapers

Nadya Suleman, the California mother of 14 children, has said in a recent news interview that she is considering adopting a pet pig and/or a small dog.   PETA is urging Ms. Suleman to refrain.   According to PETA, a … Continue reading

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Obama says: “Now, the Freedom of Choice Act is not highest legislative priority.”

Here. See also this article entitled: “Obama says abortion rights law not a top priority.” Contrast that with his words when he was a candidate: “The first thing I’d do as president [to preserve abortion rights] is sign the Freedom … Continue reading

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Harvard Law Prof Turns Down Award From Notre Dame Because Pres. Obama Will Receive One Also

Both awards were to be presented at Notre Dame’s graduation.The Harvard law prof is Mary Ann Glendon. Her letter in full text is here. There is an excerpt below: When you informed me in December 2008 that I had been … Continue reading

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Infanti on “Dismembering Families”

Feminist Law Prof Tony Infanti (Pitt) has posted to SSRN his article Dismembering Families.  Here is the abstract: In this paper, I explore how the deduction for extraordinary medical expenses, codified in I.R.C. section 213, furthers domination in American society. … Continue reading

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“Contraception and Abortion”

In this FindLaw column Sherry Colb “discuss[es] a recent speech by a spokesperson for Feminists For Life (FFL), in which she said that FFL does not take a position on contraception (because some members favor it and some oppose). [Colb] … Continue reading

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Genetic Mother May Adopt Child Birthed by Life Partner

Manhattan Surrogate Court Judge Kristin Booth Glen has issued a decision (here) in the case of In re Sebastian.  Surrogate Glen approved the issuance of a certificate of adoption to the genetic mother of a child gestated and delivered by … Continue reading

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Male Infertility: Let’s See if the Next Study Gets Any Funding

I was looking at back issues of the  American Journal of Human Genetics for my current research project (on surrogacy and taxation – I jest not), and I came across this  article: “Human Male Infertility Caused by Mutations in the … Continue reading

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A Pole-Dancing Mother of 14: Performing Gender (Topless)

The Boston Herald reports here that Nadya Suleman, the California mother of octuplets, performed once in a topless club: Back when she was 18, Suleman was in an”investigative”stage of her life and thought she’d try out exotic dancing. “I had … Continue reading

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Financial Scandals Hit the Surrogacy Market

Slate has more details here about funds missing from trust accounts that a California surrogacy agency recommended its clients establish to facilitate payments to surrogates. The Slate article, entitled “Fetal Foreclosure,” asks in its subtitle, “If You Stop Paying a … Continue reading

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Octomom: Social Factoring the Numbers (Or, LCD meets OCD)

In recent weeks the airwaves have sizzled with stories about Nadya Suleman, the California woman who gave birth to octuplets conceived via assisted reproductive technology. In doing so, Suleman breached numerous mainstream social norms of motherhood. First and foremost, in … Continue reading

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Naomi Cahn and Jennifer M. Collins, “Eight is Enough”

The Abstract On January 26, 2009, the nation’s second set of live-born octuplets was delivered. The public fascination with this event quickly turned ugly when the media revealed that the mother was thirty-three year-old Nadya Suleman, who is single, unemployed, … Continue reading

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Multiple Anxieties: Breaching Race, Class & Gender Norms With Assisted Reproduction

Lolita Buckner Inniss (Cleveland-Marshall, Ain’t I a Feminist Legal Scholar, Too?, Visiting Prof at Pace Law School) and I have posted to SSRN our working paper, Multiple Anxieties: Breaching Race, Class and Gender Norms With Assisted Reproduction.  Here is the … Continue reading

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Krawiec on “Price and Pretense in the Baby Market”

Feminist Law Prof Kim  Krawiec has posted to SSRN her essay  ”Price and Pretense in the Baby Market,”to be published in  Baby Markets: Money, Morals, and the Neopolitics of Choice (forthcoming Cambridge University Press 2009).  Here’s the abstract of the … Continue reading

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Burkstrand-Reid on “The Invisible Woman”

Feminist Law Prof Beth Burkstrand-Reid (Illinois) has posted to SSRN her working paper  “The Invisible Woman: Availability and Culpability in Reproductive Health Jurisprudence.”  Here’s the abstract: Women’s health is widely assumed to be a central consideration in reproductive rights cases. … Continue reading

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Debunking Abortion Talking Points

Earlier this week, I read an article stating that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was poised to sign a bill requiring parental notification when minors receive abortions.   It did not seem particularly newsworthy to me at the time – the … Continue reading

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Is Kaiser trying to encourage Spanish speaking women to get tubal ligations more assertively than English speakers?

It sure looks that way. Read this.

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“According to the CDC’s final numbers for 2006, just released this year, the teenage birth rate increased 3 percent, putting a stop to the 14-year decline from 1991-2005.”

From ABC News: … According to the report, teen birth rates were highest in the South and Southwest. Mississippi led the way, followed closely by New Mexico and Texas. The only states that saw a decrease in teen birth rates … Continue reading

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The only law review article with “tax” in the title that I am likely to read this year will be written by Bridget Crawford

And it will be based on her incredibly awesome presentation here at the William and Mary School of Law. Her topic is “Privacy, Pregnancy and Taxation” and it is fascinating. Surrogacy contracts have become one of her scholarly interests, and … Continue reading

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Live Blogging from W&M Privacy Symposium

Today the William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law hosts its symposium, “From the Courtroom to the Mother’s Womb: Protecting Women’s Privacy in the Most Important Places.”  Here’s the run-down from the morning’s program: Ann Bartow  (South Carolina) … Continue reading

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Columbia Journal of Gender & Law Symposium: Gender on the Frontiers: Confronting Intersectionalities

April 10, 2009       9:30 am – 5 pm Room 107 Jerome Greene Hall Columbia Law School Women Crossing Borders, 9:30 am Soraya Fata, Staff Attorney, Legal Momentum Sharmila Lodhia, Post-doctoral Fellow, Santa Clara University Jenni Milbank, Professor … Continue reading

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So far the the Freedom of Choice Act has not even been introduced into the new Congress – Why not?

“The first thing I’d do as president [to preserve abortion rights] is sign the Freedom of Choice Act.   That’s the first thing that I’d do.”    – Senator Barack Obama, speaking to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, July 17, … Continue reading

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2.25.09 What to Expect: Legal Developments and Challenges in Reproductive Justice

  The Cardozo Journal of Law & Gender will hold a Symposium on February 25, 2009.  The topic is, “What to Expect: Legal Developments and Challenges in Reproductive Justice.”  Here are the program description and agenda: In this time of … Continue reading

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Sarah Weddington to Speak at Ramapo College March 4, 2009

From the FLP mailbox, this notice of an NYC-area appearance by Sarah Weddington, the attorney who represented the plaintiff in Roe v. Wade.   Dr. Weddington  will speak at Ramapo College on March 4, 2009.  She is the opening speaker … Continue reading

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Democratic Congress, Democratic President, so what’s the deal…

With this? Historiann asks: Are women citizens of this republic? ETA: See also.

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A conference entitled “The Politics of Reproduction: New Technologies of Life” will be hosted by the Barnard Center for Research on Women in New York City on February 28, 2009

“The Politics of Reproduction” will focus on the global social, economic and political repercussions of new forms of reproduction, including assisted reproductive technology (ART) and transnational adoption. These new technologies have created a “baby business” that is largely unregulated and … Continue reading

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On this 2009 anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, the Center for Reproductive Rights calls on President Barack Obama to strike the Hyde Amendment which bans funding for medically necessary abortion from his proposed budget and support Congressional repeal of these funding restrictions.

During his presidential campaign, Mr. Obama came out against Hyde, saying that the federal government should not use its dollars to intrude upon a poor woman’s decision whether or not to carry her pregnancy to term or to selectively withhold … Continue reading

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Happy Roe Anniversary Day!

36 years ago today, the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade.   Whatever you think of the decision itself (and there are plenty of feminists who criticize the decision from a feminist perspective), the effect of it has been to … Continue reading

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http://reproductiverights.org/

New website!

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Seven States Sue To Block ‘Conscience Rule’

Illinois, California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Oregon joined Connecticut’s lawsuit: … to block an impending federal rule that critics say will allow health care providers to deny care, including emergency contraception to rape victims, with no recourse for … Continue reading

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“Women in poor nations are 300 times more likely to die in childbirth or from pregnancy complications than those in the developed world, UNICEF warns.”

Read more at the BBC News, which notes: “In its report, UNICEF said: “The divide between industrialised countries and developing regions – particularly the least developed countries – is perhaps greater on maternal mortality than on almost any other issue.”” … Continue reading

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Aborting Culture

Khiara Bridges is the Center for Reproductive Rights/Columbia Law School fellow at Columbia Law School who has just completed her PhD in Columbia’s Anthropology Department studying the intersection of race, poverty, and gender through the experience of women in an … Continue reading

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Globalization of Surrogacy Markets – US and India

Nazneen Mehta is a second-year law student at Columbia Law School and is writing a Note on the international market in surrogacy services – particularly between relatively affluent “intended parents” in the US and poor female surrogates in India. Her … Continue reading

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Buyers’ Market for Egg Donation?

This WSJ article entitled “Ova Time: Women Line Up To Donate Eggs — for Money” notes that clinics have seen an increase in the number of women applying to “donate” their eggs or serve as surrogates, positing that the surge … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Her Body, My Baby – the Racial Implications of Surrogacy

Khiara Bridges is the Center for Reproductive Rights/Columbia Law School fellow at Columbia Law School who has just completed her PhD in Columbia’s Anthropology Department studying the intersection of race, poverty, and gender through the experience of women in an … Continue reading

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CFP: Women, Incarceration and Human Rights, February 27-28, Atlanta, GA

From the FLP mailbox, this notice of yet another great workshop being convened by Martha Fineman and the Feminism and Legal Theory Project at Emory Law School: From 1995 – 2006, the number of incarcerated women in the United States … Continue reading

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Carol Sanger, “Seeing and Believing: Mandatory Ultrasound and the Path to a Protected Choice”

Abstract: Several state legislatures now require that before a woman may consent to an abortion, she must first undergo an ultrasound and be offered the image of her fetus. The justification is that without an ultrasound, her consent will not … Continue reading

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Tomorrow the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the case, AT & T v. Hulteen — the case revolving around the interpretation of the scope of gender discrimination and pregnancy discrimination in employment under Title VII and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.

From Dionne Scott at the Center for Reproductive Rights: Four women who entered the workforce prior to the enactment of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) are disputing AT & T’s calculation of their pensions. That calculation was based on a … Continue reading

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Master/Servant: IP/Surrogate

[This is cross-posted from my own blog, Related Topics.   You don't need to know about the thread I have been following, but you are of course welcome to go and look.] I am interrupting my own thread because there … Continue reading

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Whoa.

This poster by the British Pregnancy Advisory Services is part of a holiday program that encourages women to stock up on the morning-after pill “just in case” by offering it for free. Via.

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Indiana Planned Parenthood is offering gift certificates

From here: Planned Parenthood in Indiana says it is selling gift certificates this holiday season for the first time in its history. Chrystal Struben-Hall, Planned Parenthood in Indiana vice president, said the reason for the controversial sales move is due … Continue reading

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Kimberly Mutcherson, “Making Mommies: Law, Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis, and the Complications of Pre-Motherhood”

The abstract: The article focuses on pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (“PGD”), a technology that allows health care providers and potential parents to screen embryos for a range of characteristics prior to implanting them in a woman’s uterus. Many potential parents use … Continue reading

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Abortion and Medical School

The Wapo has a lengthy article entitled A Hard Choice on this topic, an excerpt is below: You think you are pro-choice, Carole Meyers was saying. But, really, “how pro-choice are you? What does it mean for you? What’s your … Continue reading

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