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After Dobbs: Reproductive Freedom, Justice, and the Power of the State

Tuesday, October 10, 2023, 5:00–6:30pm

Glen A. Lloyd Auditorium at the University of Chicago Law School, 1111 E 60th St

The 2022 Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization raises critical questions about the future of a constitutional right to abortion and the state’s power over life and death. Whose reproductive capacity and sexual behavior are targeted for punishment? How is the enforcement of reproductive servitude connected with idealized conceptions of femininity or maternity? How is the family policing system connected to forced maternity? How has the idea of punishment itself been transformed and justified through its specific exercise on women, specifically poor and minority women? How might locating the idea of reproductive servitude in struggles over the abolition of slavery reframe our thinking about forced pregnancy today?

Join Professors Michele Goodwin, Dorothy Roberts, and Mary Ziegler in conversation with University of Chicago Law Professor Geoffrey Stone to discuss their contributions to Roe v. Dobbs: The Past, Present and Future of a Constitutional Right to Abortion, ed. Lee C. Bollinger and Geoffrey R. Stone (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2023).

This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. If you need assistance to attend, please contact Tate Brazas

Presented by the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality and the University of Chicago Law School. Co-sponsored by the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights and 3CT.