Book Talk & Panel Discussion: Reproductive Rights and Justice Stories

Image of the cover of the book Reproductive Rights and Justice Stories
January 17, 2020

Please join the Lillian Goldman Law Library and the Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice for a panel discussion of “Reproductive Rights and Justice Stories” and the future of this area of the law. Participating editors and contributors include professors Linda Greenhouse ’78 M.S.L., Melissa Murray ’02, Douglas NeJaime, Kate Shaw, and Reva Siegel ’86. Moderated by Emily Bazelon ’00.

The event will take place on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 6:15-7:30pm, SLB 129.
Dinner will be served at 6:05pm

This book tells the movement and litigation stories behind important reproductive rights and justice cases. The twelve chapters span topics including contraception, abortion, pregnancy, and assisted reproductive technologies, telling the stories of these cases using a wide-lens perspective that illuminates the complex ways law is debated and forged—in social movements, in representative government, and in courts. Some of the chapters shed new light on cases that are very much part of the constitutional law canon—Griswold v. Connecticut, Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood v. Casey, Nevada Department of Human Resources v. Hibbs. Others introduce the reader to new cases from state and lower federal courts that illuminate paths not taken in the law. Reading the cases together highlights the lived horizon in which individuals have encountered and struggled with questions of reproductive rights and justice at different eras in our nation’s history—and so reveals the many faces of law and legal change. This volume is being published at a critical and perhaps pivotal moment for this area of law. The changing composition of the Supreme Court, increased executive and legislative action, and shifting political interests have all pushed issues of reproductive rights and justice to the forefront of contemporary discourse.

Emily Bazelon ’00 is Staff Writer, New York Times Magazine and Truman Capote Fellow, Yale Law School.

Linda Greenhouse ’78 M.S.L. is Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence and Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School.

Melissa Murray ’02 is Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law, New York University School of Law.

Douglas NeJaime is Anne Urowsky Professor of Law, Yale Law School.

Katherine Shaw is Professor of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University.

Reva Siegel ’86 is Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law, Yale Law School.

Sponsored by the Lillian Goldman Law Library, Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice, American Constitution Society, Black Law Student Association, Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women’s Rights, OutLaws@YLS, Yale Law Student Alliance for Reproductive Justice, and Yale Law Women.

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