Op 2 december organiseert Bureau Clara Wichmann een SPUI.25 lecture op locatie met professor Michelle Goodwin, in samenwerking met ACELG.
Locatie: Law Hub | Adres: Nieuwe Achtergracht 164 | Tijd: 15.00-17.00
In Professor Goodwin lecture on her forthcoming book, Policing The Womb, she brings to life the chilling ways in which women have become the targets of secretive state surveillance of their pregnancies.
Michele Goodwin expands the reproductive health and rights debate beyond abortion to include how legislators increasingly turn to criminalizing women for miscarriages, stillbirths, and threatening the health of their pregnancies. The horrific results include women giving birth while shackled in leg irons, in solitary confinement, and even delivering in prison toilets. In parts of the United States,, pregnancy has become a bargaining chip with prosecutors offering reduced sentences in exchange for women agreeing to be sterilized.
Professor Goodwin shows how prosecutors may abuse laws and infringe women’s rights in the process, sometimes with the complicity of medical providers who disclose private patient information to law enforcement. Often the women most affected are poor and of color. Goodwin warns, however, poor women are simply the canaries in the coalmine as some legislators now claim that women’s constitutional rights equal that of embryos and fetuses. Professor Goodwin brings to light how the unrestrained efforts to punish and police women’s reproduction has led to the United States being the deadliest country in the developed world for pregnant women.
Dr. mr. Britta van Beers teaches and writes about the legal-philosophical aspects of the governance of biomedical technologies. She is particularly intrigued by the legal and philosophical questions raised by assisted reproductive technologies, such as wrongful birth and wrongful life actions, selective reproduction and reproductive tourism. In more recent work, she has focused on personalised medicine and human gene editing.