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Instructor Info:Marlene Fried
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Term: 2014S
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 107
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 107
Description:

Abortion rights continue to be contested in the U.S. and throughout the world. Since the legalization of abortion in the U.S. in 1973, there have been significant erosions in abortion rights and access to abortion. Harassment of abortion clinics, providers, and clinic personnel by opponents of abortion is routine, and there have been several instances of deadly violence. This course examines the abortion debate in the U.S., looking historically at the period before legalization up to the present. We explore the ethical, political and legal dimensions of the issue and investigate the anti-abortion and abortion rights movements. We view the abortion battle in the U.S. in the wider context of reproductive justice. Specific topics of inquiry include: abortion worldwide, coercive contraception and sterilization abuse, welfare rights, population control, and the criminalization of pregnancy.

Evaluation Criteria:

COURSE REQUIREMENTS: To receive an evaluation or a grade you must satisfactorily complete the following:

ATTENDANCE:     No more than three absences

CLASS PARTICIPATION: Student participation in class discussions is expected.  I am available to work with students who have difficulty

WEBSITE DISCUSSION BOARD ASSIGNMENTS:

The Morality of Abortion: Talk to two people about the morality of abortion. Try to find people whose opinions differ. Write a short reflection in which you summarize the main themes and  describe how they defend their positions. Be prepared to discuss you this in class, 3/11 and 3/13.

Anti-abortion organizations: Each student will be responsible for monitoring an anti-abortion website and posting their reflections in one or two paragraphs on the anti-abortion discussion forum on the website by March 25th. You reflections should answer the following questions:  Who is the intended audience? What are the key themes, arguments, values expressed? What are visitors being asked to do?

Abortion rights and Reproductive Justice Organizations: Each student will be responsible for monitoring a website and posting their reflections in one or two paragraphs on the discussion forum on the website April 3rd. You reflections should answer the following questions:  Who is the intended audience? What are the key themes, arguments, values expressed? What are visitors being asked to do?

Reproductive Rights Conference: Each student is required to write a short reflection on the conference sessions they attended and to post this on the conference discussion forum.      

REFLECTION PAPERS:  Students will write three short papers on assigned topics.  Papers will only be accepted in class. Save your papers with my comments and turn them in along with your final paper.

First reflection paper, due 1/30 in class, 2-3 pages. Based on the readings, write a 2-3 page paper about the debate over which framework is the most effective one for advancing abortion rights. You can argue for a particular position, but be sure to show how you could respond to the questions and criticisms raised in the readings. In writing this paper be sure to draw specifically from the readings for 1/28 and 1/30, as well as from your own ideas.

 Second Reflection Paper Due 2/27 in class, 3-4 pages:  Select one of the vulnerable populations and write a 3-4 page paper in which you discuss their barriers to abortion access. You may do additional research, but you should also draw on the required readings

 Third Reflection Paper Due April 15 in class, 3-4 pages: Select one of the organization’s profiled in Undivided Rights. What are the organization’s priorities? How does it define reproductive rights? How does this differ from the mainstream pro-choice organizations? What challenges did the group face?  What did you find most interesting about this group? What are your criticisms of them?

 TERM PAPER, due May 6 (seniors earlier):  Write a research and analytic paper (12-15 pages) on a topic you select.  Guideline questions and topics will be discussed in class.  Your preliminary paper proposal is due April 1.

 

Additional Info:

 April 11-13

CLPP Conference, "From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom"

You are encouraged to attend as much of the conference as you can. Each of you is required to attend one plenary session and one workshop.