September 10 Tuesday

"The Law of Placenta" with Professor Mathilde Cohen

  • Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 12:10PM - 1:00PM
  • BH Roome 122
  • Open To The YLS Community Only
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Professor Mathilde Cohen will be speaking about her forthcoming article in the Yale Journal of Law & Feminism, The Law of Placenta.

Professor Cohen’s article contributes to the scholarship on reproductive justice and agency by posing the question: Who should have access to placentas and under what conditions? It initiates a conversation about the uneven and confusing regulation of the placenta, arguing that the current regulatory scheme violates women’s bodily autonomy and disproportionately harms women of color. Generally, the placenta is made inaccessible to the woman who produces it and is sold without consent to third parties, including researchers, biotech companies, and cosmetic companies. It is then often sold back to women through cosmetics, expensive therapies, and hair treatments. While calling for further research, this article concludes that lawmakers should take steps to protect women’s decision-making autonomy over their placental labor and offers a range of proposals to operationalize this idea.

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Yale Journal of Law & Feminism, Yale Law Student Alliance for Reproductive Justice, Yale Law Women, Yale Health Law & Policy Society