The Present and Future of Reproductive Rights

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September 21, 2016

"The Present and Future of Reproductive Rights"

Louis C. Greenwood Lecture Series

CWRU Law Downtown at the City Club

B. Jessie Hill

This lecture analyzes 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.

Subject Headings

reproductive rights; reproductive rights--United States; Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt


City Club of Cleveland

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