Adjunct Assistant Professor of Comparative & Reproductive Politics
Cora Fernandez Anderson, adjunct assistant professor of comparative and reproductive politics, holds an M.A. in International Peace Studies and a Ph.D in political science from the University of Notre Dame. Her research focuses on human rights and women's movements in Latin America and the impact these movements had on shaping and implementing state policy. She is currently working on a project to explain the successes and failures of the campaigns for the decriminalization of abortion in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay.
Since the 1990s Latin America has witnessed increasing societal and political debates over sexual and reproductive rights. Issues such as contraception, abortion, same sex marriage, transgender rights, sexual education and assisted reproductive technology have risen to the top of some countries' agendas after decades of silence, taboos, and restrictive or non-existent legislation. The course aims to provide a survey of sexual and reproductive rights in Latin America assessing the state of the regions as a whole, while at the same time highlighting the disparities that exist within it. The course analyzes the multiple factors behind the current policies focusing particularly on the role of women and gay rights movements in advancing more liberal legislation. In addition, we will look at the role of the Catholic Church in these debates and their struggles to prevent any legislative change that goes against their doctrine from happening. Among the cases we will explore are Argentina's same marriage and gender identity legislation, Uruguay's decriminalization of abortion, Costa Rica's ban on IVF technologies and Peru's coercive sterilization program of indigenous populations.
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