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Pillard, Cornelia T.L. “Our Other Reproductive Choices: Equality in Sex Education, Contraceptive Access, and Work-Family Policy.” Emory Law Journal 56, no. 4 (April 2007): 941–91.


This journal article examines sex equality and reproductive rights issues beyond the right to abortion. Pillard’s work looks at three distinct reproduction-related sites of sex discrimination: sex-role stereotyping in sex education, insurance policy exclusions of women’s contraceptive healthcare and shortfalls in work-family policies created in a historically male-oriented labor market. Drawing heavily from legal theory, she argues that each of these three issues offer concrete and critical opportunities for using equality law and egalitarian cultural norms in support of reproductive justice. Pillard discusses the fundamental basics of sexual education, in which western students are encouraged to learn and practice chastity as opposed to a comprehensive sexual education. In addition, the author recognizes the need for accessible and affordable female contraceptives to avoid unintended pregnancies in the United States. Essentially, her article recommends the needed transition from western cultural norms and sex double standards to an egalitarian society, where both women and men have equal responsibilities within the immediate family, workplace and society. For example, she argues that men should also be active in parenting rather than restricting women’s roles in the household to being primary caretakers. Volz argues that with the proper accommodations, support and unbiased attitudes from society, a life with a disability can be rewarding and worthwhile when women with disabilities are treated with equality and respected as autonomous human beings. She supports her central argument by referencing to Supreme Court rulings and opinions, academic research and public policy journal articles. This journal article is historically, legally and educationally informative. It will be helpful to health, legal and public policy advocates or readers interested in learning more about women’s reproductive rights with disabilities. This journal article is detailed and comprehensive in providing an understanding of the twenty-first century legal rulings and policy related statues that have impacted the lives of women with disabilities, their families and society. The author makes a strong argument in support of her case and provides references to Supreme Court rulings and judicial opinions, law journal articles and statutory laws from within the United States.


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Legislation/policy   Abortion   Contraception/birth control   Sex education