Cambridge City Council Calls on Law School to Boost Reproductive Rights Education | News

The Cambridge City Council on Monday called on Harvard Law School to bolster its reproductive rights education and voted to raise fees paid by commercial real estate developers toward a public fund for affordable housing.

During a Monday meeting, the Council unanimously voted for a resolution voicing support for the hundreds of HLS students who staged a full-day sit-in at the Law School earlier this month. The resolution endorses the students’ three main demands: that HLS hire a full-time reproductive justice professor, create a clinic for reproductive rights, and institute a reproductive justice curriculum.

Speaking during a public comment period in the meeting, Samantha J. Nagler, a third-year student at the Law School, called the lack of reproductive rights education at HLS an “injustice to its students.”

“I hope that the City of Cambridge will support our advocacy to hold Harvard accountable and push it to be a leader once again,” she said.

Vice Mayor Alanna M. Mallon, a co-sponsor of the resolution, said the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade this summer added urgency to the need for legal education about abortion rights.

“We know it’s going to take every one of us to fight against the oppressive nature of some of the laws that are coming forward now after Roe v. Wade was overturned,” Mallon said during the meeting.

“Reproductive justice is an important field of law,” she added. “And Harvard should be stepping up in this moment to support these students.”

The resolution calls on the city to send a copy to the Law School. Jeff Neal, a HLS spokesperson, declined to comment on the Council’s resolution.

The move reflects an increased focus on abortion from the Council following the Supreme Court’s decision. Last month, councilors expressed their intention to ban controversial limited-services pregnancy

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