Hastings Journal on Gender and the Law


Janet Simmonds


In an era where courts are expanding the scope of a constitutionally protected right to privacy, it is hard to imagine that the exercise of that right is being legally perverted to promote eugenic ideals. This, however, is precisely what has been happening in the state of California. This Note explores how modern day policies and practices, such as the family cap component of welfare policy, the sale of the reproductive capacity of drug addicts, and prohibitions on procreation as a term of probation, are used to coerce women with regard to their reproductive decisions