Archive for the ‘Reproductive Technology’ category

Yesterday at the Women Deliver global conference, Melinda Gates announced that the Gates Foundation will invest $1.5 billion over the next five years in programs promoting maternal and child health, family planning, and nutrition in developing countries.  Fantastic.  Yet, one of Women Deliver’s key goals – safe and legal abortions as one of the tools […]

As was noted in yesterday’s post about the New York Court of Appeals’ decision in the Debra H. v. Janice R. case, the non-bio mom in a lesbian relationship won the right to a hearing on whether she should be awarded visitation or custody of the child she and her now-ex lover had raised for […]

New York’s highest court Tuesday unanimously granted parental rights to a woman whose former partner blocked her from spending time with the child the two women had raised together since birth. The Columbia Law School Sexuality & Gender Law Clinic had filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Court of Appeals in the case, Debra H. […]

Nicole Medham is a third year law student at Columbia Law School and has these thoughts about a recent 20/20 episode that caught her attention when the authors of Freakonomics were interviewed about the what and why of various implications of feminism: Last Friday’s edition of ABC’s 20/20 featured the authors of the bestseller Freakonomics, […]

Friday the Iowa Supreme Court held unanimously that the state’s definition of marriage – a union of a man and a woman – violated the Iowa Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause.  This is the first court to do so unanimously, and the first mid-western court to do so.  No more can marriage traditionalists dismiss the idea […]

Eight is Enough


February 12th, 2009

From Columbia Law School Professor Patricia Williams, via The Nation For some years now, the biotechnology of fertility enhancement has been exalted as God’s gift to the biblically barren. A relentless narrative of entitlement intertwined with prayerfulness has framed infertility as a tragedy, an oppression, an agony, a disease. Some have proclaimed a “right” to […]

Yesterday, the Gender and Sexuality Law Program kicked off its spring 2009 colloquium with the presentation and discussion of Professor Anna Marie Smith’s paper entitled “Reproductive Technology, Family Law, and the Post-welfare State: The California Same-Sex Parents’ Rights ‘Victories’ of 2005.“ Professor Smith’s article touches on several facets of parental rights and its intersection with […]

Nazneen Mehta is a second-year law student at Columbia Law School and is writing a Note on the international market in surrogacy services – particularly between relatively affluent “intended parents” in the US and poor female surrogates in India. Her Note will examine the ways in which this market might better be regulated by law […]

We miss our wonderful colleague Carol Sanger, the Barbara Aronstein Black Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, who is on leave this year, but she is making good use of her leave.  She has just completed a new article on the use and abuse of ultrasound technology in steering women to chose not to […]

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