GSL Online

Gender & Sexuality Law Online is a webjournal published by the Columbia Law School Center for Gender & Sexuality Law.

Subject: Reproductive Rights

Overseas and Under Siege: Why Congress Needs to Amend 10 U.S.C. 1093 and Provide Overseas Servicewomen with the Same Reproductive Rights that Civilian Women Enjoy

Author: Emily Brailey, JD 2012 Abstract: This seminar paper explores the U.S. Military’s position regarding abortion procedures. It focuses on the 2012 Shaheen Amendment that seeks to extend federal funding to allow overseas military facilities to provide abortion in cases of rape or incest. The paper...

The Queen v. Fennety: Infant Abandonment in Mid-Nineteenth Century New Brunswick, Canada

Author: Nikki Kumar, LLM 2010 Abstract: The plight of young unwed mothers in nineteenth century New Brunswick is not well documented, nor well understood. However, an article in a Fredericton newspaper, the Head Quarters, described the case of Sophia Fennety, a young unwed mother, and her supposed drowning...

Tug of Rights: How Excessive Conscience Allowances to Physicians and Pharmacists Tug at a Woman’s Right to an Abortion

Author: Afiya Pascall, LLM 2010 Abstract: This paper considers the tug of rights between a woman’s right to choose to have an abortion and a physician’s or pharmacist’s right to object, on the basis of conscience, to assisting in the procurement of an abortion. It considers the contours and legal...

Eugenics Then and Now

Author: Afiya Pascall, LLM 2010 Abstract: This paper considers eugenics broadly with particular emphasis on its use to repress the reproduction of poor minority women. It starts by looking at the historical development of eugenics and foundational facially valid justifications that gave the practice...

Women Who Abort as Victims and Prostitutes as “Allegorical Threats to the Nation”

Author: Donna Azoulay, JD 2010 Abstract: Abortion and prostitution share similarities. Both typically involve two parties, one providing a service and the other paying for the service. Further, abortion and prostitution are typically gendered practices – in cases of abortion the person performing the...