Spring 2020 Course Schedule

Reproduction & the Law (LAW-876A-001)
Marya Torrez

Meets: 07:30 PM - 10:20 PM (M) - Yuma - Room Y404

Enrolled: 16 / Limit: 22

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This seminar will track regulation of human reproduction and sexuality in the United States, focusing on history, law and policy. The course will cover Supreme Court jurisprudence establishing the rights to privacy and reproductive freedom, as well as past and current legal and legislative efforts implicating reproductive freedom. The course will incorporate a reproductive justice framework that looks at the human rights to have a child, not have a child, and to raise a child in a safe and healthy environment, as well as sexual autonomy and gender freedom. The course will examine how reproductive freedom and oppression are experienced differently by different populations, as well as how the law has been used to regulate reproduction in different ways, including through withholding public assistance and involuntary sterilization. The course will also look at how reproductive rights and justice are implicated in the current political environment.

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2. Loretta J. Ross and Rickie Sollinger, REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE: AN INTRODUCTION (2017)

First Class Readings

First class readings (all in Murray & Luker)
1. Meyer v. Nebraska, 262 U.S. 390 (1923) and notes – p. 258
2. Pierce v. Society of Sisters, 268 U.S. 510 (1925) and notes – p. 261
1. Griswold v Connecticut, 381 U.S. 479 (1965) and notes – p. 536
2. Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967) and notes – p. 53


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