September 1, 2019 at 6:30 pm

Constitution Day Lecture | We Have No Choice: Post-Roe, Abortion Politics Aren’t Enough, Sept. 23

Constitution Day lecture: We Have No Choice: Post-Roe, Abortion Politics Aren't Enough

The Ohio University Constitution Day Lecture 2019 features Dr. Renée Cramer speaking on “We Have No Choice: Post-Roe, Abortion Politics Aren’t Enough” on Monday, Sept. 23, at 5:30 p.m. at the Athena Cinema.

The Center for Law, Justice & Culture also encourages all to attend a Meet and Greet with Dr. Cramer on Monday, Sept. 23, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Center for Law, Justice & Culture, Bentley 001. Students are especially encouraged to attend. Donuts and coffee will be provided.

Renée Cramer, portrait

Dr. Renée Cramer

Cramer’s lecture examines the political rhetoric and doctrinal shifts since the 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe v Wade. Cramer uses reproductive justice and birth anarchy as frames from which to critique “privacy” and “choice” as inadequate grounds upon which to rest claims for true, embodied, and material equality for women and people who become pregnant.

This event is free and open to the public and hosted by the Center for Law, Justice & Culture and the Office of the Vice President and Provost.

Cramer is the Herb and Karen Baum Professor of Ethics in the Professions, and Professor of Law, Politics, and Society at Drake University. She routinely teaches a course on Reproductive Law and Politics.

Her most recent book, Pregnant with the Stars: Watching and Wanting the Pregnant Celebrity Body, examines the ways that our obsession with celebrity pregnancy serves to facilitate the commodification, surveillance, and regulation of regular women’s reproductive lives.

Her third book — out soon with Stanford University Press — traces the legal and political mobilization of Certified Professional Midwives, many of whom reside in states where their practice is illegal, or only newly legal.

Cramer is Founder and former Chair (2009-2018) of the Law, Politics, and Society Program at Drake University and Director of Drake’s endowed Slay Fund for Social Justice.

She was President of the Consortium of Undergraduate Law and Justice Programs (2014-2018), and she is currently on the National Advisory Council of the Life of the Law academic podcast series.

Currently, Cramer is a Trustee (2019-2021) of the Law and Society Association, and she recently received the 2019 LSA Stanton Wheeler Mentorship Award.

Please contact CLJC Director Haley Duschinski for more information.

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