Law 612 - Reproductive Rights, Medical Ethics & the Law
Julie D. Cantor
M.A. Psychology, Stanford University, 1995
J.D. UC Berkeley-Boalt Hall, 2000
M.D. Yale University, 2005
This seminar explores selected issues in reproduction through the lenses of law, justice, and medical ethics. We will examine how the institutions of law and medicine, as well as society itself, have sought to approach and resolve conflicts relating to (among other topics) forced sterilization, $50,000 oocytes, embryos and divorce, assisted reproductive technology, abortion, civil liberties during pregnancy, birth in America, parenthood, and working while being a parent. Course materials include: cases; articles from newspapers, magazines, medical journals, and law reviews; and excerpts from books, casebooks, films, and television news broadcasts. Course requirements: (1) consistent and meaningful participation in class discussions, including weekly discussion questions; (2) a choice of writing projects — two 1500-word "thought" papers OR a research paper executed at the level of a law review Note that may also be used to fulfill the SAW requirement. Because there is no need to take notes in this seminar, you may not use a computer, a phone, or any other technology during class. Enrollment is limited to 12, and preference is given to 3Ls.
At the end of this course, students will be able to: understand conceptual frameworks around reproductive rights as well as iconic cases in the field; be familiar with the conflicts of values and interests that inform advocacy and policy in the area of reproductive rights and justice; interpret and apply case law, statutes, and regulations to determine how a court might resolve a disputes involving certain issues that fall under the broad umbrella of "reproduction"; be able to offer navigation for clinical dilemmas in medicine that raise ethical / legal issues.