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Reproductive Rights and Justice Stories: From Roe v. Wade to Young v. UPS

Attacks on reproductive rights and justice, from the rollback of abortion rights and contraception access to the separation of children from their parents at the border, are in the news daily. Come hear renowned legal scholars discuss the movement and litigation stories behind important reproductive rights and justice cases and what we can learn from them in this current political moment. Panelists will discuss their recently released book Reproductive Rights and Justice Stories and their specific articles, “The Unfinished Story of Roe v. Wade”  and “Similar in their ability or inability to work”: Young v. UPS and the Meaning of Pregnancy Discrimination.”

Panelists will include:

Linda Greenhouse, Lecturer at Yale Law School and New York Times journalist who won the Pulitzer Prize for her work reporting on the Supreme Court.  She is the author of Becoming Justice Blackmun and co-author with Prof Siegel of Before Roe v. Wade: Voices That Shaped the Abortion Debate Before the Supreme Court's Ruling 

Reva Siegel, Professor at Yale Law School.  Professor Siegel’s writing draws on legal history to explore questions of law and inequality and to analyze how courts interact with representative government and popular movements in interpreting the Constitution.  In addition to Before Roe v. Wade, she is also the author of the law school textbook, Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking with Paul Brest, Sanford Levinson, Jack M. Balkin, and Akhil Reed Amar, 2018), and Directions in Sexual Harassment Law (edited with Catharine A. MacKinnon, 2004). 

Kate Shaw, Professor at Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University Professor of Law and the Co-Director of the Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy. Before joining Cardozo, Professor Shaw worked in the White House Counsel’s Office as a Special Assistant to the President and Associate Counsel to the President. She clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Richard A. Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

The book spans 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. 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 discussion of reproductive rights and justice stories comes 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.

Young People Welcome: Young people of all ages are welcome at this event. There will be coloring books and crayons available for children. 
Free and open to the public
Wheelchair Accessible

This event is co-sponsored by: Five College Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Certificate; Five College Reproductive Politics Faculty Seminar; Five College Lecture Fund; College of Humanities & Fine Arts, UMass; History, UMass; School of Public Policy, UMass; Health Promotion and Policy, UMass; Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, UMass; Legal Studies, UMass; Political Science, UMass; Sociology, UMass; Center for Law, Justice and Societies, UMass; Center for Study of Women & Gender, Smith; Gender Studies, Mt. Holyoke College; History, Amherst College; Sexuality, Women’s & Gender Studies, Amherst College; Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought, Amherst College; PopDev, Hampshire College; Civil Liberties & Public Policy (CLPP) Program; Abortion Rights Fund of Western MA; Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund