The Present and Future of Reproductive Rights
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
This lecture will analyze the state of reproductive rights following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the case Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt
In 2013, the Texas legislature passed House Bill 2, a law that imposed numerous restrictions on access to abortion services in the state through additional legal requirements for medical staff and facilities. The law, which was challenged in federal court, would result in the closure of an estimated 75 percent of all women’s health clinics that provide abortion services in the state and force women seeking those services to travel hundreds of miles as a result.
In addition to analyzing the immediate impacts of the Supreme Court’s decision in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt
, the lecture will also review the vast slate of abortion restrictions enacted at the state level in recent years and consider the implications of the current Court's jurisprudence for abortion legislation in the future.
B. Jessie Hill
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Judge Ben C. Green Professor of Law
Jessie Hill joined the faculty in 2003 after practicing First Amendment and civil rights law with the firm of Berkman, Gordon, Murray & DeVan in Cleveland. Before entering private practice, Hill worked at the Reproductive Freedom Project of the national ACLU office in New York, litigating challenges to state-law restrictions on reproductive rights. She also served as law clerk to the Honorable Karen Nelson Moore of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Hill's teaching focuses on constitutional law, federal civil procedure, civil rights, reproductive rights, and law and religion. Her scholarship has been published in the Michigan Law Review and the Texas Law Review, among others.
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