Séminaire HDEA "La Californie en questions" avec Michelle Oberman, J.D, M.P.H., Katharine and George Alexander Professor of Law, Santa Clara University Law School
In addition to the flurry of abortion bans enacted in 2022, the US witnessed the highest number of abortion protections ever passed. Fully one-quarter of these were enacted in California. What does it mean to be an abortion-friendly state in a country where almost half of the states ban abortion? Professor Oberman is an international expert on the impact of abortion regulation in countries with widely divergent abortion laws. In this talk, she will share findings from her current research in a state where abortion is banned to explore what changes on the ground when U.S. abortion law changes on the books, and to consider how California’s commitment to reproductive justice does (and does not) alter that landscape.
Professor Oberman is an internationally recognized scholar on a wide range of legal and ethical issues arising at the intersection of sex, pregnancy, motherhood and criminal law. For the past decade, she has studied the impact of abortion regulation in countries with widely divergent abortion laws. Her work in El Salvador, along with other countries and a range of US jurisdictions, informs her 2018 book, Her Body, Our Laws: On the Frontlines of the Abortion War from El Salvador to Oklahoma. Her current work focuses on what changes on the ground when U.S. abortion law changes on the books.