JLME Call for Papers: Intersections in Reproduction
Intersections in Reproduction: Perspectives on Abortion, Assisted Reproductive Technologies, and Judicial Review
Abortion and reproductive technologies have historically occupied
separate realms in law, policy, and academia. In spite of some obvious
and natural overlap, scholarship exploring the relationship between
abortion and assisted reproduction is sparse. In 2014, Judith Daar
(Whittier Law School) and Kimberly Mutcherson (Rutgers Law-Camden) will
co-guest edit an issue of the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics devoted to articles reflecting on this relationship.
The guest editors are open to a wide range of scholarship from
authors steeped in various aspects of reproductive justice, reproductive
rights and reproductive technologies who can explore the future of
assisted reproduction and abortion as matters of scholarly concern and
legal regulation, especially when viewed as part of a larger movement
for reproductive rights and reproductive justice. The term reproductive
technologies should be interpreted broadly in this context to go beyond
IVF and include a range of techniques used in conjunction with assisted
methods of conception.
Questions papers might choose to tackle include, but are in no way limited to:
- What is the relationship between the right to create a pregnancy
through assisted reproduction and the right to terminate a pregnancy?
Papers could explore constitutional groundings for the rights,
similarities and differences in how the rights have or should evolve,
and how these potentially evolving rights can or should impact each
- What common ground and common cause can be found between those who
advocate on behalf of people who use assisted reproductive technology
and women who want to terminate pregnancies?
- What is the role of stigma in controlling women’s reproductive
choices in these two areas and how does stigma in one area impact
another? For example, how does stigma directed at women working as
surrogates relate to stigma directed towards women who terminate a
- What is the relationship between paternalist justifications for the
regulation of assisted reproductive technology and paternalist
justifications for the regulation of decision making about terminating
- How has technology influenced women’s choices and autonomy in
reproductive decision-making, either in creating or ending embryonic
life, and how does it impact judicial review of these decisions?
Special consideration will be given to writing that explores
connections, disconnections, and contradictions in how law, public
policy, and ethics understand abortion and how those arenas understand
assisted reproduction. Final papers should be 10-20 pages, including
On April 17-18, 2014, as a prelude to the special issue, the Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice at Yale Law School
will host a workshop to discuss papers that have been preliminarily
selected for publication in the special issue of JLME, and potentially
additional papers that explore these themes. Post-workshop, authors
will have time to revise their papers for purposes of publication in the
special issue or for potential placement elsewhere.
To be considered for inclusion in this special issue and the workshop
in April, please send an abstract of no more 500 words to Judith Daar (email@example.com) and Kim Mutcherson (firstname.lastname@example.org) by November 18, 2013. If you do not want your work considered for inclusion in the special issue of JLME, please make that clear in your abstract. Authors who are selected for inclusion in the special JLME
issue and/or the workshop will be notified no later than December 13,
2013. Drafts of papers for the workshop will be due by March 10, 2014.
Final papers will be due to the editors by May 23, 2014If you have any questions about this CFP, please feel free to contact Judith Daar at email@example.com or Kimberly Mutcherson at firstname.lastname@example.org.