Michele Bratcher Goodwin is a distinguished professor of law and medicine, author, commentator, and lecturer. She is a Chancellor's Professor at the University of California, Irvine where she is a Professor in the School of Law as well as the Departments of Public Health, and Gender and Sexuality Studies. Professor Goodwin is the recipient of numerous awards for her scholarship and leadership on global issues.
Praise for Black Markets:
"A remarkable, fresh analysis of a difficult and terrible public health issue. I could not put the book down."
-Donna E. Shalala, former Secretary of Health and Human Services
"This exceptional book is a rational and well-referenced treatise."
-James F. Trotter, M.D., The New England Journal of Medicine
"When the classical economist and the modern race theorist both reach the same conclusion, maybe, just maybe, the bureaucrats who run our sclerotic system of organ transplants will take heed before more lives are ruined or lost.
-Richard A. Epstein, James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law, University of Chicago
"This book delves into matters too long ignored. Blacks work harder and make less, pay more for less, live under stress and don't live as long. Professor Goodwin is to be hailed for the quality of her scholarship and academic excellence in Black Markets.
-Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., Founder and President, Rainbow PUSH Coalition
"Black Markets powerfully exposes the fraud, bias, and commercialism that plague our supposedly altruistic system of organ donation. Goodwin places the needs and views of African Americans - those hurt most by the current system squarely at the center of her project. Her daring proposal will cause readers to rethink not only organ donation but the nature of altruism itself.
-Dorothy E. Roberts, George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology, University of Pennsylvania
"Her book provides a thorough and insightful critique of our present-day altruistic system of donation, and she proposes, and ably defends, an alternative system that would combine elements of altruism and compensation. Black Markets is an important contribution to the field and is certain to help shape the debate on these questions in years to come.
-Benjamin K. Miller, Former Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Illinois
Praise for Baby Markets:
"Michele Goodwin has done a masterful job of weaving together a wide range of contrasting points of view in law, policy, economics, and philosophy on the timely topic of Baby Markets in our contemporary post-Brave New World society. "
- Diane L. Redleaf, Executive Director, Family Defense Center, Chicago Illinois
"The family is not private, and contemporary baby markets in transnational adoption and artificial reproductive technologies underscore this fact...Goodwin's brave and eye-opening collection paves the way for an intelligent and ethical response."
- David L. Eng, University of Pennsylvania, author of The Feeling of Kinship: Queer Liberalism and the Racialization of Intimacy
Goodwin's Baby Markets is indispensable reading for anyone interested in learning how something so basic as having a baby has been transformed by the intersection of commerce and technology. These essays illuminate the promise and perils of this new way of becoming a parent better than anything else that I have read."
- Rick Banks, Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
"A welcome entry to the important conversation about new ways of creating parenthood. This book gathers a stellar cast of scholars to consider the marketization of babies through ART, embryo and egg donation, international and transracial adoption."
- Cynthia Grant Bowman, Dorothea S. Clarke Professor of Feminist Jurisprudence, Cornell Law School
"In Baby Markets, Professor Goodwin and her colleagues provide an unflinching account of the largely unregulated world of reproduction and adoption....This varied collection is for anyone interested in the complicated and controversial world of 21st century family creation."
- Jill R. Horwitz, Professor of Law, UCLA
HOT OFF THE PRESS:
Policing The Womb (Cambridge University Press):
Policing the Womb is a timely, socially and politically relevant book that expands the public policy dialogue on reproductive privacy and autonomy beyond the traditional terrain of abortion debates to offer a nuanced contemporary account of pregnancy and birthing in the United States. The book examines the rise in state attention to poor women's reproduction, which in recent years has resulted in the harnessing of criminal law as a tool to shackle, incarcerate, and otherwise punish and humiliate poor pregnant women.
Fetal Protection Laws: Moral Panic & The New Constitutional Battlefront, (forthcoming in the California Law Review 2014). Fetal protection laws penalize pregnant women for fetal outcomes incidental to maternal control, carving out punishable distinctions between pregnant women’s conduct and that of all other groups.
Parent Civil Unions: Rethinking The Nature of Families (recently published in the Illinois Law Review). The Article offers a nuanced proposal to transition foster children from child welfare services to permanent family placement through the legalization of Parental Civil Unions or “baby cooperatives.”
Law's Limits: Regulating Statutory Rape Law (recently published in the Wisconsin Law Review).
Both the apparatus to police sexual violence against minors--
statutory rape laws—as well as their application against consenting minors create legally untenable, absurd results that frequently impose legal and
extralegal burdens on minors that may exceed that of adult, convicted rapists.
Point Taken: Debate on Organs
NPR: A Transplanted Uterus Offers Hope, But Procedure Stirs Debate
Boston Globe: For pregnant women, two sets of rights in one body...
Marlise Munoz wasn’t alone: The growing persecution of pregnant women...
MINNPOST: Criminalizing pregnant women who use illegal drugs 'throwing a lit match."...
Alternet.com: New Tennessee Law Criminalizes Moms...