Reproductive Rights Seminar

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Upper-Level Writing
"W" Writing
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Seminar - 3rd Year Priority

This course will provide an in-depth examination of the doctrine, theory and practice of reproductive rights law. The major topics to be covered include: abortion, access to and regulation of contraception, procreation rights (including obstacles to reproduction in marginalized communities), minors’ rights, fetal rights, and the treatment of pregnant women. We will discuss the competing doctrinal, legal, and constitutional bases of individual rights in these emerging fields of law, analyzing the benefits and drawbacks of grounding these rights in equal protection theory versus substantive due process, and weighing the role of statutory law and state constitutions in protecting individual rights in these areas. The course will blend theory and practice, and will provide students the opportunity to develop their written and analytic skills in a dynamic and engaging field of law.