WGS 410 - Reproductive Justice: Legal and Ethical Issues
Fall 2023, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Women's and Gender Studies (WGS)
Department: LSA Women's and Gender Studies
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Advisory Prerequisites:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Rackham credit requires additional work.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/28/23 - 12/6/23 (see other Sections below)
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This course surveys legal and ethical issues surrounding decisions about pregnancy and childbirth, with a focus on reproductive injustice. We will look at current issues in the news, U.S. cases, and statutory laws on the rights of people related to both achieving and preventing reproduction. This includes childbearing issues, maternal-fetal questions, pregnancy prevention, and terminations, as well as laws and practices restricting access to services. We will consider issues of prenatal personhood, medical research, individual rights versus societal standards, autonomy versus medical standards, and sexual rights. We will pay special attention to how the law defines "rights" and the difference between "reproductive rights" and "reproductive justice." Students will learn to read and analyze legal decisions to better understand how the legal system works to resolve conflicts and navigate social policy issues.

Course Requirements:

Class participation (weekly written reflections, reading quizzes, class discussion leadership, state law reporting) and two written, take-home exams (Midterm & Final).

Intended Audience:

This class is reserved for the following majors and minors: Gender and Health; Women's and Gender Studies; Social Class and Inequality Studies; Gender, Race and Nation.


WGS 410 - Reproductive Justice: Legal and Ethical Issues
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
8/28/23 - 12/6/23
Note: This class is reserved for Women's & Gender Studies and Gender & Health majors and minors in Gender, Race, & Nation, Gender & Health, and Social Class & Inequality Studies.

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