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Abortion is Essential for Democracy: The Fight for Reproductive Rights, Equality & Justice

Wednesday, April 20, 2022
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Event Type:
Panel Discussion
Brennan Center for Justice and more
Location Details:
Online via YouTube livestream

Join a panel discussion on the fight for abortion rights, for equality, and for representative democracy are all in service of the same goal: Justice For All.

Organizations: Brennan Center for Justice, NYU Law's Birnbaum Women's Leadership Network, Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, Ms. Magazine, and more

Date and time: Wed, April 20, 2022 @ 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM PDT

Livestream here:

It is a perilous moment for abortion rights in America. Texas law S.B. 8, banning the provision of nearly all abortions in the state, has been in effect since last September. New restrictions are being introduced and passed across the country. And the U.S. Supreme Court will soon rule in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which poses a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade.

What are the democratic dysfunctions that have led to this pivotal point? How should we consider parallel affronts to participation and representation – the wave of voting restrictions and outsize role of big money in politics – and the anti-abortion agenda? Can we look to state courts to provide new avenues for protecting reproductive rights? And what is the legal and societal impact of criminalizing pregnancy and abortion, especially on communities of color?


Opening Remarks:

Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, Fellow, Brennan Center for Justice; Executive Director for Partnerships and Strategy, Ms. Magazine


Michele Bratcher Goodwin, Chancellor’s Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine; Executive Producer, Ms. Studios and On the Issues podcast


Melissa Murray, Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law, NYU Law; Faculty Director, Birnbaum Women’s Law Network; Member, Brennan Center Board of Directors

Lourdes Rivera, Senior Vice President, U.S. Programs, Center for Reproductive Rights

Monica Raye Simpson, Executive Director, SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective

Closing Remarks:

Kathy Spillar, Executive Editor, Ms. Magazine; Executive Director, Feminist Majority Foundation

This Brennan Center for Justice event is produced in partnership with NYU Law's Birnbaum Women's Leadership Network and Ms. Magazine.

Added to the calendar on Wed, Apr 13, 2022 10:14AM
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