My Op Ed from last May regarding state laws redefining personhood is now an online Roundtable on W&L law review. The two other authors who participated in sharing their research and ideas with the legal community are Anthony Michael Kreis and Helen M. Alvarè.

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see https://scholarlycommons.law.wlu.edu/wlulr-online/

Carliss N. Chatman, If a Fetus Is a Person, It Should Get Child Support, Due Process, and Citizenship https://scholarlycommons.law.wlu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1122&context=wlulr-online

Anthony Michael Kreis’ Under Ten Eyes addresses Legislative and Judicial power in America’s abortion debate. The piece sheds light on the material issue in relation to the legislation and litigation stemming from this debate. Kreis states that, “It is not just about the question of who has power over women’s bodies, it is more fundamentally about who holds power.” He refers back to my article numerous times and states that, “The article incisively demonstrates how fetal personhood is singularly focused on ending abortion in the United States and is gaining traction notwithstanding the fact that its advocates have not reasoned through the ‘unintended and potentially absurd consequences’ of their policy positions.” He also addresses the hard truth that, ‘the natural flow of constitutional time has been manipulated and rigged to stand athwart progressive social change,” and as a result the rights to bodily autonomy for women in America now rest with five male justices on the Supreme Court.

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see https://scholarlycommons.law.wlu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1124&context=wlulr-online

Helen M. Alvarè disagrees with Chatman and Kreis about the impact of the legislation and pending Supreme Court case. In Personhood: Law, Common Sense, and Humane Opportunities, she suggests that,“The Supreme Court has the last word on the meaning of “person” for purposes of the Fourteenth Amendment’s guarantee of “life” to persons.”

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see https://scholarlycommons.law.wlu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1123&context=wlulr-online