Health Law Lecture - Michelle Oberman - "Her Body, Our Laws: On the Front Lines of the Abortion War"


Tuesday, April 2, 2019 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm


RLL Faculty Lounge

Registration is required. RSVP HERE

Americans voice their moral opposition to abortion by supporting laws that would restrict it which makes the law more of a symbol than a plan. Professor Oberman challenges this vision of the law by considering the practical impact of legislation    and policies governing both motherhood and abortion. Using stories gathered from crisis pregnancy centers and abortion clinics, she unmasks the ways in which the law already shapes women’s responses to unplanned pregnancy, generating incentives or penalties, nudging pregnant women in one direction or another.

Professor Oberman is a nationally recognized scholar on the legal and ethical issues surrounding adolescence, pregnancy, and motherhood. She works at the intersection of health law and criminal law, focusing on domestic and international issues. Professor Oberman is active in the academic community, lecturing on health law concerns to a wide variety of audiences, ranging from law school faculties to health care professionals to community-based interest groups.

Professor Oberman received a Fulbright research grant to Chile for spring 2011. In addition to teaching in Valparaiso, she worked on issues pertaining to women’s reproductive health and the law. Her recent book, When Mothers Kill (2008), won the Outstanding Book Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Professor Oberman joined the Santa Clara University School of Law faculty in 2004.

Please join and welcome Michelle Oberman to UNLV's Boyd School of Law for her Health Law lecture on Tuesday, April 2, 2019.