Category Archives: consortium

New Generation Health Center Benefit Show 2011

Thursday, December 1st, from 6:30 - 9:00pm
Brava Theater
2781 24th Street

New Generation Health Center offers accessible youth-friendly clinical services and educational programs in San Francisco's  highest risk communities. The event will have some tasty food, Marga Gomez (voted Best Comedian 2011!), short performance by youth, GREAT items for the silent auction and giveaways. Tickets can be ordered with this form or by calling 415-514-1480.  The event is going to be great fun and your ticket purchase is tax deductible.

Consortium Director David Faigman Interviews US Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer for Legally Speaking

About the event: UC Hastings College of the Law is honored to host U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer. Justice Breyer will be interviewed by UC Hastings Distinguished Professor and Consortium Director David Faigman, an expert on constitutional theory before a live audience as part of Legally Speaking, a series of probing interviews with prominent lawyers, judges, and academics, co-produced by UC Hastings and California Lawyer.

Justice Breyer is the third U.S. Supreme Court Justice to spend time with us at UC Hastings in the last 13 months.  Justice Breyer's most recent book Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge's View will be the topic of discussion.

Video of the event is available here.

The Science of Viability

Is it time to Rethink Fetal "Viability"as the Criteria for Limiting the Right to Abortion?

Event Description:
In 1973, the Roe v Wade decision recognized a limited right to abortion whereby states could restrict abortion after the point at which the fetus was potentially "viable." Despite Supreme Court language that prohibits such actions, numerous states have enacted laws that establish a criteria for that point in pregnancy: a particular gestational limit, the beginning of the third trimester, physical health consequences, or second physician involvement. More recently states have adopted "viability testing" requirements or onerous reporting requirements as ways to further restrict later abortion care. Additionally, five states now severely limit abortion after 20 weeks of gestations based on the scientifically unsupported idea that the fetus can feel pain at that point in pregnancy. This presentation reviews the myriad of state laws related to later abortion and their scientific justifications. Finally it explores the idea that an upper limit on the right to abortion is inherently problematic no matter what the scientific justification.

About the Speaker:
Tracy Weitz, PhD, MPA is Director of the Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) program of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She holds a joint appointment as an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences in the UCSF School of Medicine and Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Science in UCSF School of Nursing. A qualitative sociologist with a background in health care administration, her research focuses on innovative strategies to expand abortion provision in the U.S.