Symposium at Case Western Reserve School of Law


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On April 17, 2015, the Center cosponsored the 2015 Law Medicine Conference: The Rhetoric of Reproduction at Case Western University School of Law.  This symposium explored the ways in which courts, commentators and advocates have framed reproductive rights, rhetorically and doctrinally. Are reproductive rights best conceptualized as an aspect of privacy, liberty, or equality? How has the framing of abortion restrictions and protecting women’s health led to greater success for the anti-abortion movement? Is the use of contraception best understood as basic health care or as a morally fraught decision? How have sex- and race-selective bancs sought to exploit fears of eugenics and ultimately deny the agency of women of color? These and other issues were considered as panelists discussed the doctrinal, political, and rhetorical construction of reproductive rights. You can watch the full live cast including the Distinguished Lecture by Michele Bratcher Goodwin, Chancellor’s Professor of Law &, Director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy at UC Irvine School of Law. Click here.