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Naomi Cahn
Naomi Cahn is the Harold H. Greene Professor at George Washington University Law School. She is the author of numerous books and law review articles on gender and family law. With Wendy Kramer, she is the co-author of Finding Our Families: A First-of-its-Kind Book for Donor Conceived People and their Familiehttp:// She and Professor June Carbone are the co-authors of RED FAMILIES V. BLUE FAMILIES (Oxford University Press 2010). Her book, TEST TUBE FAMILIES: WHY THE FERTILITY MARKETS NEED LEGAL REGULATION, was published in 2009 (NYU Press), and she is working on other books on donor-conceived families. She is a member of the Yale Cultural Cognition Project.

Entries by Naomi Cahn

Is the Movie Delivery Man Plausible?

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 10:55 AM

In Delivery Man, Vince Vaughn stars in another one of his endearing, yet slightly slobbish, roles. This time, he has just found out that his decades-old anonymous contributions to a sperm bank have resulted in 533 children. And lots of those children want to find out who he is. In...

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Cyberbullies and Grief

(1) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 5:45 PM

RIP Trolling -- Grieving in the age of cyber-bullies can turn private grief into a public hell.

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram... social media communities now join our friends, family, faith communities and neighbors when we grieve. That experience can be a compassionate lifeline. As we saw recently with

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What Does Managing a Loved One's Digital Legacy Look Like?

(2) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 4:27 PM


With digital privacy in the media spotlight and digital estate planning resources entering our mainstream consciousness, many of us have been inspired to think about the end of life and our online selves. And we should. Hundreds of thousands of

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The Conservative War on Single Mothers Like Jessica Schairer

(15) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 9:29 AM

Cross-posted from Next New Deal.

Ever wonder what the "war on women" is really about? An article in the New York Times, "Two Classes, Divided by 'I Do': For Richer Marriage, for Poorer, Single Motherhood," provides some clues. The article documents the growing class divide in family...

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What Happens When You Can't Afford Your Children?

(1) Comments | Posted July 17, 2012 | 4:51 PM

*Cross-posted from AlterNet.

Helping highly educated women have it all is a hot topic, from Anne-Marie Slaughter’s Atlantic article, to Amy Chua’s book about Chinese child-rearing Tiger Mothers to Pamela Druckerman’s ode to French parents. The blogosphere is on fire.


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5 Ways Conservatives Are Destroying the Institution of Marriage

(466) Comments | Posted May 16, 2012 | 10:03 AM

*Cross-posted from AlterNet.

President Obama’s strong support for same-sex marriage is strong support for the institution of marriage itself. It's a vital step toward a revitalized institution better equipped to address the needs of today’s families.

Those who think and talk...

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Why Extreme Right-Wing Views on Contraception Will Backfire if Progressives Fight

(6) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 12:19 PM

*Cross-posted from AlterNet

Access to Birth Control Coming Under Fire."
"Rep. Darrell Issa Bars Minority Witness, a Woman, on Contraception."
"States slash birth control subsidies as federal debate rages."

Headlines like these were unimaginable to many people two years ago. Not to...

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The Marrying Kind: How Class Shapes Our Search for a Soul Mate

(2) Comments | Posted February 16, 2012 | 8:24 AM

Cross-posted from New Deal 2.0.

As we celebrated Valentine's Day this week we should be aware that underlying the many stories on the changing nature of marriage and relationships is a central irony: The college-educated middle class that embraced the sexual revolution is now leading the way back...

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Why New Birth Control Benefits Are the Right Choice and Why Religious Conservatives Have It Wrong

(309) Comments | Posted January 30, 2012 | 4:37 PM

The Obama administration’s recent decision to require most religious-affiliated employers to cover birth control for their employees is good news for the women who work for religious employers and do not share the male hierarchy’s opposition to birth control. It is also good news for a country with one of...

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Family Values? Conservative Economics Have Shredded Marriage Rates

(178) Comments | Posted August 9, 2011 | 4:38 PM

A recent article in The Economist on the "sorry state of marriage in the United States" quoted Census data that show that, for the first time, married couples now make up less than half of all households. The article concludes:

Do not expect the Democratic...

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The Biological Clock -- for Donor-Conceived Offspring?

(4) Comments | Posted June 24, 2011 | 3:42 PM

This blog is co-authored by Naomi Cahn and Wendy Kramer.

As women postpone having children and face the ticking of their biological clocks, they may turn to donor eggs or donor sperm to help them have children. For women (and men) in Washington State, the fertility industry...

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Expanding the Employment Discrimination Defense Manual

(50) Comments | Posted June 20, 2011 | 5:33 PM

Wal-Mart is the largest private employer in the country, and its employment decisions affect lots of people - and their families and communities. Ten years ago, in 2001, Betty Dukes, who is an ordained Baptist minister and a "greeter" at a Wal-Mart store in Pittsburg, California, sued...

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The Changing Class Divisions That Tear at Low-Income Families

(1) Comments | Posted June 17, 2011 | 11:19 AM

Cross-posted from New Deal 2.0.

A new study of newlyweds found that increases in workloads were associated with increases in marital satisfaction for both men and women. The researchers expected this to change when the newlyweds became parents, and indeed it did -- for men. For...

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Changing Marriage Patterns Reflect Economics and Class

(42) Comments | Posted May 20, 2011 | 11:06 AM

New research shows that women are getting married at later ages - and that the divorce rate is going down. The results reflect some good news -- later marriages are more likely to last. Most importantly, however, these figures correlate with widespread changes in the American family.

First, the...

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Opt-in Movement Great For Upper-Middle Class Moms. But The Rest Need Options, Too

(1) Comments | Posted May 9, 2011 | 12:13 PM

On Mother's Day, the Washington Post published an article, "Movement to keep moms working is remaking the workplace." The article celebrates women who are part of the "opt-in movement," in which "many mothers are willing to give up income if that means taking control of their schedules, and,...

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The Political Attack on Working Women and Families

(22) Comments | Posted February 24, 2011 | 10:35 AM

Budget cutting is serious business, and it is part of a wholesale partisan attack on the lives of those who do not vote Republican. The House has voted to cut Title X, the program that provides low-income women with family planning; $75 million of the $317 million eliminated

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Class Actions: Why Children of Top Conservatives Support Gay Marriage But Not Abortion

(191) Comments | Posted February 4, 2011 | 9:58 AM

While Congress is in the midst of trying to toughen abortion restrictions, Barbara Bush (junior) has joined the ranks of the children of prominent Republicans who endorse gay marriage. For many conservatives, abortion and gay marriage both strike at the heart of the family. But children...

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The Womancession

(92) Comments | Posted October 26, 2010 | 10:12 AM

After the crash, the downturn was dubbed a "mancession." As the meme continues to circulate, the Roosevelt Institute's New Deal 2.0 blog asked leading thinkers to help sort fact from fiction. Are men suffering more than women in a weak economy? Is Washington doing enough to address female...

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Misunderstanding Abstinence Begets More Bristol Palins

(105) Comments | Posted September 17, 2010 | 12:59 PM

Earlier this month, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a new policy statement on sexuality, contraception and the media. It emphasized that the United States has the highest teen pregnancy rates in the Western World, and that adolescents have among the highest rates of sexually transmitted infections of...

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Family Values: Chelsea and Marc v. Bristol and Levi

(170) Comments | Posted August 10, 2010 | 2:21 PM

Who would you bet is more likely to graduate from college? The yet-to-be born children of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky or Tripp Palin, the child already born to Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin, who became pregnant at 17? Therein lies the secret of America's declining educational performance.

The United...

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