Professor Jill Marshall explores issues of privacy and secrecy in pregnancy and childbirth

Paper entitled “Love, Humanity and Care in the Legal Regulation of Secret Births and Baby Boxes” was presented in a two hour seminar with interactive questions and discussion from the audience at the at the National University of Ireland’s Legal and Political Theory workshop series

Professor Marshall's paper explored issues of privacy and secrecy in pregnancy and childbirth, arguing that law should be interpreted to encourage and to foster a loving, caring environment for birth givers and children. That includes those born of varying degrees of secret circumstances so they have safety and a sense of identity without knowing everything about their birth giver and biological family. In her arguments, Jill uses political and legal theory, including feminist scholarship on women's freedom and care, law and cultural studies (by specific reference to the BBC series ‘Call The Midwife’), and legal provisions, internationally and nationally.

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