Convening Held on Reproductive Rights and Justice Stories


On December 1, 2017, the Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice hosted a convening for the scholars contributing to the forthcoming collection Reproductive Rights and Justice Stories. The volume is part of the Law Stories series from Foundation Press, and is being edited by Melissa Murray ’02, Kate Shaw, and Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law Reva Siegel.

The stories in the volume capture the history, politics, and characters behind twelve landmark reproductive rights and justice cases, situating the cases in the social and political contexts in which they were developed and decided. The cases include Griswold, Roe, Casey, and Whole Women’s Health. They span a wide array of reproductive rights and justice issues, dealing not only with abortion and contraception, but also with forced sterilization, family leave, family formation, and pregnancy discrimination. The stories focus on the individuals behind the litigation: the judges, advocates, and parties whose struggles changed the reproductive legal landscape.

At the convening, the contributing scholars discussed their chapters and received feedback from the other authors and the Yale Law School community. The event was supported by the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund and the Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice of the Information Society Project.