This seminar is subtitled "Law in Context" on the belief that the regulation of abortion in the United States cannot be understood with serious attention to aspects of American culture. In that regard, I have been working on a book called About Abortion: The American Entanglement of Law and Culture. [or “Law, Culture and Politics” subject to class vote.] The premise of the book is that so many things in the U.S. are about abortion in great part because abortion is about so many things: medicine, morality, gender, sexuality, politics, and so on. The draft chapters of About Abortion will serve as the core materials of the course. These chapters include About About (the introductory chapter); Abortion Privacy/Abortion Secrecy; Abortion Law; Fetal at the Center; Teenagers and Abortion; Abortion and the Visual Construction of Loss; Seeing and Believing: Mandatory Ultrasound and the Path to a Protected Choice; Fathers and Fetuses: What Would Men Do; and Abortion Here and Elsewhere. Students will be expected to critique the drafts in a collaborative exploration of these topics. Students may choose (or be assigned) a particular topic for which they will be responsible for class discussion; this will be the subject for which students must prepare an annotated bibliography or critique (see below). I will provide a list of topics that are particularly relevant and from which students may choose.
The draft chapters will be supplemented by materials including basic constitutional and statutory materials as well as selected readings in philosophy, popular culture, and perhaps a movie.
There will be a 15 page research paper, topics to be approved by Prof. Sanger and a second paper shorter paper/ annotated bibliography/ critique relating to a draft chapter or portion thereof. If a student is particularly keen on a subject, these could be merged into one paper.
The seminar is open to all second and third year JDs and to LLMs. There are no ideological, political, gender or other qualifications, except that regular attendance is expected. Class is limited to 18 students.