Would You Make It to the Future? Teaching Race in an Assisted Reproductive Technologies and the Law Classroom

Family Law Quarterly (Forthcoming)

UNM School of Law Research Paper No. 2022-02

25 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2022

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Sonia Gipson Rankin

University of New Mexico - School of Law

Date Written: February 3, 2022

Abstract

Would you make it to the future? For the last five years, I have started my Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) lecture in Family Law with this question. Students take the query seriously. They ponder their lived experiences such as home training, medical history, education, financial well-being, personality traits, work ethic, and social graces when determining if they would be the “model DNA” someone might select in a future society. The good-natured jokes about being nearsighted, having a pitiful jump shot, and wearing orthodontic headgear turn reflective when someone raises the question: would someone in the future select my race?

In this paper, Section I describes how race connects to family law. Section II explains cognitive dissonance theory, color blindness ideology, and the relationship of these theories to racial inequality in family law and how this connects to assisted reproductive technologies.

Section III provides the framework for race-centered learning outcomes, a relevant rubric for reflection papers, and examples of case law and legislation that addresses race and ART. Section IV concludes by addressing how these skills and assessments in our family law curricula can impact systemic change in the practice of family law and the legal academy.

Suggested Citation

Gipson Rankin, Sonia, Would You Make It to the Future? Teaching Race in an Assisted Reproductive Technologies and the Law Classroom (February 3, 2022). Family Law Quarterly (Forthcoming), UNM School of Law Research Paper No. 2022-02, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4033873

Sonia Gipson Rankin (Contact Author)

University of New Mexico - School of Law ( email )

1117 Stanford, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM 87131
United States

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