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California State University, Sacramento
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reproductive justice, sterilization, forced cesareans, abortion
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About Me

I am professor of American women and medicine at California State University, Sacramento.  I write about reprodutive justice and women’s reproductive health in America.  My first book, Fit to Be Tied: Sterilization and Reproductive Rights in America, 1950-1980 (Rutgers University Press, 2009), won the Francis Richardson Keller-Sierra Award for best monograph from the Western Association of Women’s Historians.  I have published on the history of abortion and eugenics and am currently working on a manuscript about efforts to establish fetal personhood in America titled Birth Rights: A History of Personhood and Reproductive Justice.

Recent Publications

If courts recognize fetal personhood, women’s rights are curtailed – The Washington Post

How Should a Physician Respond to Discovering Her Patient Has Been Forcibly Sterilized? | Journal of Ethics | American Medical Association (


Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Medicine, Women