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The Future of Sexual & Reproductive Rights

Constitutional law and politics have changed greatly since the last outpouring of legal scholarship on questions of reproductive rights in the 1980s and 1990s. That wave of scholarship anticipated and responded to the Courtís decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Today we are once again at a crossroads. The U.S. Supreme Courtís decision last term in Gonzales v. Carhart and the Courtís 2003 decision in Lawrence v. Texas have signaled the possibility of dramatic changes in the near future. They are fueling a call for a renewed conversation about the law and politics of this contentious field.

           The Yale Law School Conference will assemble leading thinkers, cultural observers and journalists who focus on these subjects.  They will offer and test a range of cutting-edge insights about what could and should develop in these critical areas.  Part of their work will be an examination of the pressures that are brought to bear on news media when covering abortion or same-sex marriage, the attempt to require that both points of view are given equal weight and whether journalists have a duty to test conflicting claims.  The Conference is co-sponsored by the Law Schoolís Law and Media Program (LAMP).  It will begin long before anyone arrives in New Haven, with thought-pieces posted by panelists in September on the well-known legal blog, Balkinization.

Schedule: The Conference will begin at 2:00 on Friday October 10th, will include dinner programs on Friday and Saturday night, and will conclude with lunch on Sunday, October 12th. Click here for an outline of events.