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Concordia University School of Law

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Disability, Reproduction and Parenting Symposium

Saint Louis University School of Law will hold an interesting and informative one-day symposium, "Disability, Reproduction and Parenting," on Friday, April 4, 2008 at their law school.  It is the 20th Annual

Saint Louis University Health Law Symposium, sponsored by the Saint Louis University Journal of Health Law & Policy and the Center for Health Law Studies.  Below is a brief description:
The desire to form a family and have a child has long been central to many people’s idea of a good life. It has also long been surrounded by stigma for people with disabilities -- whether parents, prospective parents or children -- who continue to face barriers to the full enjoyment of reproductive autonomy, parenting and family life. Against this backdrop, advances in technology such as assisted reproductive technologies and prenatal diagnostic techniques represent the potential for increased access to informed reproductive choice but also for the increased stigmatization of individuals with actual or perceived disabilities. Available care, services and support often reflect an inaccurate understanding of what it means to be disabled, for both parents and children. This Symposium will examine the impact of these issues on parents, prospective parents and children living with disabilities.
All are welcome, and the full brochure can be found at
The symposium looks great with many terrific speakers and a complex topic that will benefit from such intelligent examination.  Thanks to Elizabeth Pendo for the information.

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