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  • Symposium Commentary: The ACA's Other Mandate: Contraceptive Coverage, Conscientious Objection, and Reproductive Rights

    I’m going to be talking about an area of law and medicine that I’ve had a real privilege to speak about and teach about for decades. In the decades that I’ve been teaching about reproductive technologies and bio-ethics in general, I’ve developed a bit of a mantra - the more we learn, the less we understand. Certainly that is true in the area of reproductive technologies and the law. Over the last twenty to thirty years, we’ve learned a great deal about human embryonic development. We can manipulate eggs and sperm in a way that would have been unheard of many years ago. We can watch the human as it develops from those commutic portions to where we stand today. But I would suggest to you that we still don’t understand human nature. We have deciphered the human genome, but we still don’t understand women.