Reproductive Rights and Justice

Reproductive Rights and Justice - Professor Nancy Rosenbloom

  • Course Number: LAW-574
  • Course Type: Highly Specialized
  • Credits: 2
  • Enrollment Limit: 15
  • Description: This seminar will provide foundational instruction in the concepts of reproductive rights and reproductive justice, and will then consider reproductive rights and justice within a historical and evolving legal context. We will use an intersectional lens to explore the evolution of constitutional and statutory rights related to pregnancy and the capacity for pregnancy. We will delve into the legal struggles and related social justice movement(s) as they have evolved in the U.S. from the 1960s to the present. Topics will include pregnant women’s employment rights; birth rights; abortion; coerced sterilization and eugenics; coerced and forced medical treatment; criminalization of pregnancy and pregnancy outcomes; substance use and pregnancy; advance directives and end of life decisions; HIV transmission and pregnancy; and reproductive rights and justice in incarceration settings.
  • Prerequisite: none
  • Evaluation Method: Class participation, short paper, in-class presentation and final research paper – see syllabus for details
  • Capstone: no
  • WIE: no