“Abortion Battles in the States: The politics of ‘informed’ or ‘misinformed consent”

Friday, September 20, 2013

Cynthia R. Daniels, Professor of Political Science and Associate Campus Dean at Rutgers University

 

“Abortion Battles in the States: The politics of ‘informed’ or ‘misinformed consent”

Friday, September 20 - 2:30 p.m.

Newcomb Boardroom

 

‘Informed Consent’ laws are one of the most common restrictions on abortion, with 30 states mandating that women who seek abortions receive state-authored written information before an abortion can be performed.  In this project, we analyze 23 of the state-mandated information packets in use in the states in 2012. With the assistance of an international team of anatomists, we assess the medical accuracy of information on embryonic and fetal development.  And we develop a ‘pro-natalist’ matrix to assess the relative weigh of medical vs. social information on pregnancy choices.  We place this information in the context of the constitutional ‘undue burden’ standard, assessing whether this information constitutes ‘informing’ or ‘misinforming’ women seeking abortions.

2:30 to 3:30 p.m.