Aziza AhmedProfessor of Law and N. Neal Pike Scholar at the Boston University School of Law; Co-Director of the BU Law Program in Reproductive Justice
Using the example of the highly controversial forensic method known as the “floating lungs” test in the context of self-induced abortion and stillbirths, Professor Ahmed's will interrogate the relationship between scientific expertise, evidence, and lawmaking, and argue that contestation around medical and epidemiological evidence shapes the regulation and criminalization of pregnancy-related outcomes. Jennifer Laurin, Wright C. Morrow Professor of Law, will respond.
Ji Seon SongAssistant Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law
Professor Song's talk examines the extent of hospitals' participation in policing and punishment, arguing that hospitals in the “free world” have become part of the carceral infrastructure, performing functions essential to the operations of mass incarceration by identifying criminals, helping build criminal cases, preparing people for incarceration, and treating and returning people to imprisonment. Snehal Patel, Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Dell Medical School, will respond.
In this talk, Professor Ocen argues that post-Dobbs restrictions on abortions are facilitated by the vast network of surveillance and punishment constructed as part of the “war on crime” that produced the largest prison population in the world, and that to secure the right to reproductive autonomy, advocates and scholars must challenge the role of policing in care settings and question the fundamental role of imprisonment and punishment in our society through an abolitionist lens. Nessette Falu, Assistant Professor in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies, will respond.
Previous Reproductive Justice, Criminal Law, and the Carceral State Events
In this talk, Cynthia Conti-Cook will argue that because digital devices and the corporate archives that support them have given police and other system state actors profound access to the details of our daily lives, people forced into self-managed care for issues related to everything between birth through burial will increasingly need to rely on their digital bodies’ ability to safely traverse digital borders. Sarah Brayne, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, will respond.
Rachel RebouchéDean and the James E. Beasley Professor of Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law
Professor Rachel Rebouché will discuss the attempts by antiabortion activists to stop medication abortion by any means necessary, including through criminalization; the implications for reproductive justice and public health; and how abortion rights advocates can keep these implications at the fore of their own efforts to increase access to abortion pills through federal and state advocacy. Kari White, Associate Professor at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work, will respond.