17. Januar 2024
Advancing Health Care Equity Speaker Series
Lecture by Rebecca Kluchin from California State University, Sacramento
Wednesday, January 17
The talk will be at 11:30am in Betty Irene Moore Hall room 3400, and also on zoom.
Kluchin will show how doctors, hospital administrators, lawyers, judges, and lawmakers employed claims of fetal personhood to compel pregnant women to undergo treatment they refused on behalf of the fetuses they carried between 1960 and the present. The vast majority of patients were poor women of color, who lacked the status and resources to combat the white, male professionals who intervened in their care. The stories described in this talk demonstrate that the politics and practices of fetal personhood in America extend beyond abortion and into the realm of medical decision-making and reinforce the central role that race and racism play in the practice and experience of American medicine.