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Abrams' research focuses on birthing autonomy, reproductive rights, reproductive health; gendered violence, tort law, masculinities theory, feminist theory, legal writing, and legal education pedagogy. Abrams has published numerous law review articles and book chapters about these topics. She has appeared in media outlets such as the N.Y. Times, Washington Post, and NBC's Today Show.
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Studies more than 140 Victim Impact Statements from the Larry Nassar criminal proceeding. Studies the complex strategies that the victims deployed to describe who Nassar was, what he did, and the harms that they suffered. Recommends more robust and holistic approaches to the naming and framing of sexual assault, more proactive policy uses of VIS to meet victim needs in law and policy reforms, and greater law reform efforts to prevent systemic institutional sexual assault.
Explores liability relating to reproduction and birth. Provides key points, explains the legal concepts, and applies these concepts in cases and examples. Emphasizes strong patient communication, informed consent, and cultural competencies contextualizing the varied experiences of birth throughout different communities.
Discusses how feminism has had a broad influence in legal education. Mentions feminist critiques have challenged the substance of legal rules, the methods of law teaching, and the culture of legal education. Elaborates that following decades of advocacy, feminist pedagogical reforms have generated new fields, new courses, new laws, new leaders, and new feminist spaces.
Explores whether domestic violence is politicized too narrowly to end domestic violence. Elaborates first generation political framings collaterally immunized the state from accountability by paradoxically positioning the crisis of domestic violence and accountability for effective interventions squarely on victims and victim support networks.
Presents modern feminists with a powerful, productive, and timely opportunity to critique the existing crisis model of service provision and support.
Seeks to position the birthing woman — distinct from the pregnant woman or the parent — squarely within the negligence framework and, in doing so, to challenge prevailing assumptions dominating obstetric medical decision-making.