Week 10: External Stakeholders and Public Policy

Week 10: External Stakeholders and Public Policy

Reproductive rights remain a controversial issue, not only in the United States, but in many countries around the world. Although formal laws address this issue at the federal and state levels, it would be shortsighted to view this conversation as occurring only within the hallways of government. In fact, perhaps no issue has galvanized more stakeholders in recent times than reproductive rights. Institutions, religious groups, grassroots organizations, womens rights organizations, and international bodies such as the United Nations have weighed in on reproductive rights around the world. In short, there is perhaps no better issue to examine how external stakeholders can impact a social issue than the scope of reproductive rights and its short-term and long-term future.

Go to the Virtual Community to visit external stakeholders. You will identify a stakeholder and articulate a reproductive-rights policy position that the stakeholder is likely to assume. Explain why you believe that the stakeholder would assume that policy position. Consider possible alternatives to the policy position assumed by the stakeholder you identified.

Note: Please be respectful of your colleagues positions. This is not a morality determination on reproductive rights but rather a conversation about policy positions taken by stakeholders in the abortion rights controversy.

With these thoughts in mind:

By Day 4
Post the name of your selected stakeholder in the Virtual Community. Then, explain how the stakeholders worldview effects his or her policy position that he or she would take on reproductive rights. Finally, explain alternative policy positions that the stakeholder might adopt.