Among the first of its kind in the nation, the BU Program on Reproductive Justice (BUPRJ) is a groundbreaking, interdisciplinary program housed in Boston University School of Law and focused on advancing the conversation about reproductive justice. If you are a JD student whose passions lie in this critical area of the law, the BUPRJ will provide you with a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the coursework, research, and experiential education that will prepare you to address the complex issues and challenges before the legal profession in the wake of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization (2022).
Co-directors of the Program
Professor of Law
Edward R. Utley Professor of Health Law at BU School of Public Health
Robert Kent Professor of Law
For students interested in focusing their studies on reproductive justice, the customized concentration in health law offers an opportunity to create a path tailored to your interests. This requires the approval of a concentration advisor for the remaining credits (19 total credits are required). Laura Stephens is the faculty advisor for the Health Law concentration, and Aziza Ahmed, Nicole Huberfeld, and Linda C. McClain serve as faculty advisors for the Reproductive Justice concentration.
Public Health Law: LAW JD 926
Public health seeks to prevent unnecessary illness, injury, and death, which law can either facilitate or thwart. The field is transforming from state programs that prevent disease in populations (e.g., vaccination, newborn screening) to federal and international efforts to broadly recognize a population and individual "right to health." This course explores contemporary examples of public health problems such as disasters and emergencies, firearms regulation, regulating commercial speech to prevent consumer deception, and reproductive health. The course offers a framework for identifying and controlling health risks drawing on principles and theories of law, assessment of risk, policy evaluation, and empirical evidence. We will consider how laws at the state and federal levels regulate personal behaviors and products as well as impact the underlying determinants of health. Students will analyze different legal strategies that can be used to guide public health such as governmental nudges through funding, criminal and civil prohibitions, data collection and privacy, marketing restrictions, and taxation. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option.SPRG 2024: LAW JD 926 A1 , Jan 16th to Apr 23rd 2024
|Tue,Thu||2:15 pm||3:40 pm||3||Nicole Huberfeld|
Reproductive Rights: LAW JD 775
In the United States, and around the world, many people still suffer from basic lack of access to sexual and reproductive health services. This course explores the role of law in understanding the distribution of access to SRH services and care. We will draw on various theoretical and doctrinal tools including critical legal theory, critical race theory, sociology of science, human rights, feminist theory, and a range of public health methods to understand the current state of the law and the possibilities and limitations of legal reforms. The course will foreground issues of race and reproduction as well as the politics of public health law (including the role of scientific evidence and medical expertise in courts). We will examine various sites of lawmaking including courts and legislatures and we will pay attention to the legal reforms offered by social movements both for and against greater access to services and care.FALL 2023: LAW JD 775 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2023
|Mon,Wed||11:00 am||12:25 pm||3||Aziza Ahmed||LAW||203|
Career in Reproductive Justice Panel
October 18, 2023
- Abortion rights victories show this issue is unlikely to fade in 2024 elections − 3 things to knowNicole Huberfeld and Linda C. McClain pen an opinion.
- Racism, Sexism, and the Crisis of Black Women’s HealthYvette Cozier is quoted.
- Gender-Affirming Care, Abortion, and the Politics of Science: A Response to Wuest’s ‘Born this Way’Aziza Ahmed pens an opinion.
- Worcester to See Draft Ordinance on Crisis Pregnancy Centers despite City Manager’s ConcernsLinda McClain is quoted.
- Abortion Justice One Year Post DobbsAziza Ahmed is quoted.
- One Year after Roe v. Wade Was Overturned, What’s the State of Abortion Care in the United States?Nicole Huberfeld and Linda McClain are interviewed.
- In the Year since the Supreme Court Overturned Roe v. Wade and Ruled States Should Decide the Legality of Abortion, Voters at the State Level Have Been Doing Just That: 4 Essential ReadsLinda McClain and Nicole Huberfeld are interviewed.
- Supreme Court Upholds FDA Approval of Mifepristone: What’s Next?Nicole Huberfeld is quoted.