Pro-Choice and Pro-Life: Politics and Awe

Many humanists find inspiration in the wonders of nature; the beauty of biology and the poetry of physics can bring much joy.  But often those defending reproductive rights avoid discussing the amazing process of human reproduction - from conception, through pregnancy, to birth. To avoid unintentionally providing fuel to those denying women the right to choose, they remain silent about this awe-inspiring process.  Leader Hugh Taft-Morales explores this important and perplexing tension in honor of upcoming Mother’s Day.

Monday, 5/6, 7:00PM - Constitution at Work: Reproductive Rights

7PM, May 6, 2013

ETHICS ON THE SQUARE PRESENTs…the final installment of The Constitution at Work.  This Monday evening is particularly special as we have three legal scholars as our guests. Hugh will facilitate a discussion of the constitutional, legal and ethical status of REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS.

Joining Hugh and our co-host for the season, Prof. Kim Roosevelt of University of Pennsylvania Law School, will be Prof. Dorothy Roberts, an acclaimed scholar of race, gender and the law who spoke at the Ethical Society platform last month.  Her major books include Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first CenturyShattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare; and Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty.  In addition, we will be welcoming Prof. Kimberly Mutcherson who teaches courses on bioethics, torts, family law, South African constitutional law, and health law policy at Rutgers School of Law. She has served as a board member for the Women's Law Project in Philadelphia and is a faculty advisor for OutLaws, Rutgers' association for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender law students.

We will explore questions, such as: “What is the current status of a women’s right to choose to use contraception and abortion? Where are these rights in gravest danger? What does the future hold?” A panel discussion, Q & A session, and refreshments follow. Free and open to the public!

 

 

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