PERSONHOOD UNDER PATRIARCHY: Reproductive Justice in Arizona and Beyond

PERSONHOOD UNDER PATRIARCHY: Reproductive Justice in Arizona and Beyond
October 26, 2022 | 6 PM
Louise Marie Roth

Groundbreaking medical, legal, and social changes separated sexuality from reproduction in the 20th century. In the 21st century, this revolutionary change in sexuality came under fire, as state laws became increasingly important for access to sexual health services in the U.S. In the post-Roe landscape, states like Arizona have fetus-centered laws that affect anyone who is or can become pregnant, including those who plan to carry their pregnancies to term.

In this talk, Sociology Professor Louise Marie Roth will explore legal cases and birth trends that illustrate the implications of fetus-centered and woman-centered approaches to pregnancy for evidence-based care during pregnancy, miscarriage, and birth. She will argue that an emphasis on fetal personhood has the effect of negating personhood for fertile women. An approach focusing on women, as well as others who can become pregnant, is necessary for reproductive justice, especially for poor people, youth, and people of color. 

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About the Speaker

Louise Marie Roth is a professor in the School of Sociology in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Her primary research interests are gender, organizations, law, and health. Her book The Business of Birth: Malpractice and Maternity Care in the United States examines how state laws governing medical malpractice and reproductive rights influence maternity care practices in the United States. Her current research focuses on the effects of state-level reproductive rights laws and health insurance policies on maternity care and racial-ethnic inequality in birth outcomes since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010. 


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