Reproductive Justice will be a seminar reviewing legal and ethical
issues surrounding decisions about pregnancy and childbirth with a focus
on reproductive injustice issues. We will look mainly at United States
case and statutory law on the rights of women, childbearing issues,
maternal-fetal questions, as well as laws and practices restricting
access to services. We will consider embryonic stem cell issues,
individual rights versus societal standards, autonomy versus medical
standards, post birth accommodations and sexual rights issues. We will
pay special attention to how the law defines "rights" and the difference
between "Women's rights" and "reproductive justice." We will use legal decisions, statutes and readings to see if/how the
legal system works to resolve conflicts and navigate social policy
issues.The specific goals are:
1. To understand the impact of major legal decisions and analyze
current questions about reproductive justice issues.
2. To understand relevant social and policy issues and see how the
legal system plays a role in the lives of individuals.
3. To use legal and social policy approaches to help you think
critically 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 by
partisans in the reproductive justice debates, formulate thoughtful
questions, discuss difficult issues and create new ways of discussing
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