Past Event

Historians and Abortion Rights at the Supreme Court: The Texas Abortion Clinics Case

April 5, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Butler Library, 535 W. 114 St., New York, NY 10027 523
A roundtable discussion with Alice Kessler-Harris (Columbia), Reva Siegel (Yale Law School) Kevin Fong and Christine Scheuneman (Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP). Moderated by Michael Hindus (Center for American Studies, partner, Pillsbury, Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP). Last year sixteen historians of women filed an amicus curiae brief in the United States Supreme Court in a case involving the attempt of the state of Texas to regulate abortion clinics in a way that would make abortion services unavailable to most women. Based on historical experience, the historians argued, any new law that claims to protect women's health and safety should be scrutinized carefully to assess whether its ostensibly protective function actually serves to deny liberty and equal citizenship to women. Siding with the historians (and others), last year the Supreme Court struck down the Texas law.