In 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down two Texas statutes that restricted access to abortion, articulating a robust, evidence-based legal standard that courts are obliged to apply to such laws moving forward. Since then, courts have nearly unanimously struck down restrictions on abortion access similar to the unconstitutional Texas laws, in addition to newer types of medically unjustified restrictions. Aside from developments in the courts on these cases in 2018, state legislatures will consider hundreds of pieces of legislation that will affect access to reproductive health services across the country. Lawmakers are expected to introduce not only restrictions on access to abortion, but legislation that will improve access to affordable birth control and abortion care in 2018.
Laws restricting access to reproductive health services are often challenged in state and federal courts using a variety of legal claims, and 2018 will see litigation developments on a variety of issues related to reproductive health in a number of forums, including at the appellate level in the federal courts. There will also be developments in a number of challenges to the Trump administration's rollback of the Affordable Care Act's birth control benefit that gave access to copay-free contraception to hundreds of thousands of women.
This course, presented by Amanda Allen of the Lawyering Project, will review the legislative activity from the year thus far, as well as major litigation developments regarding access to reproductive health services and an overview of what to expect for the remainder of 2018.
Amanda Allen has spent her legal career advocating for meaningful access to reproductive health services. She is currently Senior Counsel & Managing Director at the Lawyering Project, a new initiative that aims to eliminate laws that undermine access to reproductive health services. At the Lawyering Project, Amanda cultivates and manages the organization's relationships with partners and allies, directs the organization's technical assistance portfolio, and oversees the organization's management and operations. Before joining the Lawyering Project, she held several positions at the Center for Reproductive Rights, including most recently Senior State Policy and Advocacy Counsel, where she oversaw the Center's state and local policy and advocacy initiatives in the United States. Amanda has also served as Policy Counsel at the National Institute for Reproductive Health and held post-graduate fellowships at the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum as a Georgetown Women's Law and Public Policy Fellow and If/When/How (formerly Law Students for Reproductive Justice). Amanda has appeared on MSNBC's The Melissa Harris-Perry show and Huffington Post Live, and in outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, The Nation, and The Guardian.
Amanda is a 2008 graduate of CUNY School of Law and holds a B.A. from the University of Minnesota.
The speaker was most knowledgable about the field of women's reproductive rights in the land.
Loved this one, so informative. This knowledge is going to be useful as more threats arise to our reproductive Rights. Thank you for offering this.
The presentation was professional and very well done. The current law and pending legal developments were clearly and completely summarized.
Well versed speaker
very up-to-date and current
An outstanding recap. Highly recommend this.
The lecturer was very capable and nonemotional about very controversial subject
Excellent--hard to believe the presenter covered so much ground in an hour!
Excellent presentation, which showed how states use multiple tactics ofther than health concerns to limit or impede abortions.
She was great. She was articulate, well-paced, interesting and chock full of data.
Excellent presentation, one of the best I have heard.
Very interesting program.
The instructor was excellent and she organized the material in a clear and practical way.
I am very satisfied.
Presentation provided a good introduction on reproctive law topic and current trends. Enjoyed lecturer
wonderful use of case law
I loved how she gave an overview of the constitutional law and then went into recent legislative trends. Awesome!
Good overview of respective field, especially future trends.
Good content. I now feel as though I have a comprehensive understanding of the constitutional challenges facing reproductive rights.
Excellent overview of the area.
Very interesting and informative.
The presenter was engaging and managed to fit in a large amount of information within the hour, all boiled down and presented in a manner that any attorney, whatever their specialty, could understand. Thank you!
Presenter provided a wonderful overview of a critical area of law. Highly recommend!
Easy to follow and understand presenter.
This was my first program with Lawline and I am very impressed!
VERY important topic and very sobering updates. We must remain vigilant. Excellent presentation.
This was an interesting overview of an area of law that is not familiar to me.
organized and excellent presenter
Very good summary of laws affecting women's reproductive rights
Very comprehensive lecture regarding reproductive rights.
Highly Recommended if you are looking for an overview of current state of law especially if the last case you studied was Casey
This is a crucial topic in today's political climate and recent SCOTUS changes.. I hope you do a yearly update.
Excellent speaker. She was articulate and interesting
very important program
Learned a great deal from this presenter. Excellent job.
I think the speaker was excellent. She managed to be dispassionate about this important and, to some, controversial issue.
Terrific course, very well presented.
Great program. Very informative.
This was an excellent CLE! Thank you for doing this important work!
very clear discussion.
Exceptionally important topic. Thank you for including it.
Very comprehensive overview. Thanks.
I thought the presenter did an excellent job!
It is good to see increased state efforts to protect the rights of the unborn.
Awesome and clear presentation of the issues and trends. Thank you for this. we need more of this.
Informative and succinct
very good overview of history and current state of law
Solid overview of a large topic. I felt the instructor presented the material in an unbiased manner, which I appreciate!
Extremely excellent course. Would highly recommend this.
I have enjoyed all the Lawline classes I have taken so far, but this is definitely one of the beset! Very good speaker and very well organized presentation.
Presenter did a good job presenting the topic.
I do prefer panels or group discussions to this kind of talking head webinar, but the speaker here is well-informed and well-spoken, so I recommend this webinar!
timely and thorough - well done .
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