Reproductive Justice


Course Code:
LAW 7039
Law Honors/Pass/Restrd Cr/Fail


(Formerly Law 490) This seminar explores Reproductive Justice ("RJ") as a paradigm for understanding reproductive oppression — that is, the subordination of individuals through their bodies, sexualities, and abilities to reproduce. The RJ paradigm picks up where a reproductive rights framework ends. It contends that the fight for equality and dignity in matters relating to reproduction continues beyond a successful argument that the Constitution ought to protect a "right" to privacy, "right" to access contraception, or "right" to an abortion. An RJ framework observes that "rights" are given meaning — and lose meaning — according to the race, class, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, and physical and mental ability (among other attributes) of the rights bearer. As such, RJ analyzes reproductive experiences within a complex context and with respect to the multiple statuses of the persons involved. This seminar will explore RJ as it speaks to assisted reproductive technologies, health care policy, immigration, incarceration, environmental justice, and economic inequality, among other topics. Elements used in grading: Attendance, Class Participation, Written Assignments, Final Paper. This class meets during the first two weeks of Winter Quarter.

Past Offerings

2016-2017 Winter

Reproductive Justice LAW 7039 Section 01 Class #31158

  • 1 Units
  • Enrollment Limitations: Lottery 20
    • 1L Winter Elective

Notes: Open to First-Year JD Students.

2015-2016 Spring

Reproductive Justice: Law, Policy and Advocacy LAW 490 Section 01 Class #46073

  • 2 Units
  • Enrollment Limitations: Lottery 15
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