Reproductive Justice will be a seminar reviewing legal and ethicalissues surrounding decisions about pregnancy and childbirth with a focuson reproductive injustice issues. We will look mainly at United Statescase and statutory law on the rights of women, childbearing issues,maternal-fetal questions, as well as laws and practices restrictingaccess to services. We will consider embryonic stem cell issues,individual rights versus societal standards, autonomy versus medicalstandards, post birth accommodations and sexual rights issues. We willpay special attention to how the law defines "rights" and the differencebetween "Women's rights" and "reproductive justice." We will use legal decisions, statutes and readings to see if/how thelegal system works to resolve conflicts and navigate social policyissues.The specific goals are:1. To understand the impact of major legal decisions and analyzecurrent questions about reproductive justice issues.2. To understand relevant social and policy issues and see how thelegal system plays a role in the lives of individuals.3. To use legal and social policy approaches to help you thinkcritically about reproductive justice and injustice in our society.4. To think and write critically about how the legal system helps,hinders or is neutral on issues of reproductive justice.5. To determine what the rules are, what you believe they ought to be(and why) and how to get from "are" to "ought."6. To analyze legal and ethical materials, discuss positions taken bypartisans in the reproductive justice debates, formulate thoughtfulquestions, discuss difficult issues and create new ways of discussingthese issues.
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