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Reproductive Law & Policy

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General Enrollment Course
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"W" Writing
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Course Description

This course will closely examine selected aspects of the rapidly changing legal landscape affecting reproductive health, rights, and justice in the United States. The course will review law and policy governing abortion, sterilization, and contraceptive care; pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding; maternal-fetal conflicts, including the emergence of fetal rights and forced obstetric interventions; state regulation of childbearing by low-income women and women of color; and the reproductive rights of minors, incarcerated women, women with disabilities, and LGBT people. We will analyze the competing doctrinal, legal, and constitutional bases of individual rights in these fields, evaluating the dominant theoretical frameworks within which reproductive rights are commonly understood.