Online Content

A Patient Struggles to Be Heard

Ann Tweedy

When Professor Ann Tweedy was diagnosed with breast cancer, she learned how disempowering it felt to be a patient, and the feelings of disempowerment and even dehumanization were more pronounced with some doctors than others.  She discovered that on some level, being a patient is, at least on a de facto basis, synonymous with lacking autonomy, but that privilege and insurance still set her experience apart from those of other marginalized groups seeking healthcare. In this essay, she explores what it was like to become a patient; it is also a companion piece to her article, Insuring Breast Reconstruction, 66 UCLA L. Rev. Disc. 2 (2018).

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Responsible Resource Development: A Strategic Plan to Consider Social and Cultural Impacts of Tribal Extractive Industry Development

Carla F. Fredericks, Kate Finn, Erica Gajda, and Jesse Heibel


The Way Pavers: Eleven Supreme Court-worthy Women

Meg Penrose

The Four Justices by Nelson Shanks (2012); courtesy of National Portrait Gallery

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Amanda Knox, Her “Strange” Behavior, and the Italian Legal System

In this four-part series, Professor Martha Grace Duncan presents a new analysis of the much-studied case of Amanda Knox. Professor Duncan examines how human prejudice against “strangeness,” our desperation for a hasty assessment of guilt or innocence, and the hybrid Italian legal system led to Knox being twice-convicted for a crime she did not commit.


Student Commentary

The Use of Child Protective Services and Court Orders to Enforce Medical Compliance in the Labor and Delivery Room: How Threats of Legal Action Limit Reproductive Choice
by Alexa Richardson

In the wake of greater societal awareness about violations of bodily autonomy during childbirth, patients and their health care providers may be increasingly at odds in the labor and delivery room. Online Content Editors and Certified Professional Midwife, Alexa Richardson, argues that physicians’ resort to child protective services and court orders further limits reproductive health decision-making during the birthing process, and enforces an already unequal power relationship between health care providers and pregnant patients.

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The Fight Over the ACA’s Contraceptive Coverage Mandate

by Charlotte Butash

On October 6th, the Trump Administration issued new regulations attacking the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that employers include free contraceptive coverage in their workplace health plans. In response to this development, advocacy groups across the country have taken to the courts to fight back to protect women’s health.

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