Theorizing Reproductive Regimes: Autonomy, Coercion, and Public Policy
Alana Cattapan (University of Waterloo)

October 14, 2022, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Department of Philosophy, University of Western Ontario

University College 3220
1151 Richmond Street


The idea of “reproductive regimes” has been emerging in scholarship describing some of these intersections of the biomedical and sociolegal, focusing largely on areas like midwifery, abortion care, and substance use. Yet, nearly all areas of public policy and law have implications for the reproduction of future generations, from environmental regulation, to transportation policy, to immigration, to housing policy, and so on. In this presentation, I develop an understanding of “reproductive policy regimes,” to describe the underlying logics of pronatalism and eugenics, bound up with colonialism, imperialism, and other forms of oppression that broadly inform law and policy making in Canada.


Alana Cattapan is the Canada Research Chair in the Politics of Reproduction and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo.  She studies gendered inclusion in policy making, identifying links between the state, the commercialization of the body, and reproductive labour. She has published peer-reviewed articles in Studies in Political Economy, the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the Canadian Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Medical Ethics, among others. She is also the co-editor of Surrogacy in Canada: Critical Perspectives in Law and Policy (Irwin Law, 2018).

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