Recent Legislative & Litigation Trends in Women's Health & Reproductive Rights

(292 Ratings)

Produced on: August 22, 2016

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

2016 is a banner year for reproductive health and rights, with the U.S. Supreme Court reviewing a 2013 Texas law that could close all but 9 or 10 abortion clinics in the state. In addition, state legislatures are scheduled to consider, as they do every year, hundreds of pieces of legislation that will affect access to reproductive health services across the country. Laws restricting access to reproductive health services are often challenged in state and federal courts using a variety of legal claims, and in 2016 litigation developments on a variety of issues related to reproductive health in a number of forums. 

This course, presented by Amanda Allen of the Center for Reproductive Rights, reviews the legislative activity from the year, as well as major litigation developments regarding access to reproductive health services. 


Learning Objectives:

I.     Identify major trends and themes in legislation affecting reproductive health and rights

II.    Explore common legal claims made in challenging abortion restrictions

III.   Comprehend next steps for major court cases and looking ahead to 2017


Amanda Allen

The Lawyering Project

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.


Lauren T.

Very easy to follow program with a lot of useful information that is easy to absorb.

Jennifer L.

Substantive and alarming

Stacy A.

Very informative, thank you.

Sharon A.

Helpful presentation

Diane P.

Excellent presentation and speaker.

Susan T.

Good content Good speaker

Charlotte J.

Great presentation.

Diane T.

Excellent presentation

Megan H.

Excellent presentation and summary of current events.

Mary W B.

Ms. Allen was very good and used a neutral tone in presenting the information.

Karin V.

Nice overview, albeit very broad.

Matthew W.

Great overview and insight into nuances.

Peter C.

very well presented on a very timely topic. I had no clue how the Casey case partially gutted Roe v. Wade

Joshua L.

Decent overview and summary of 2016 topics.

Ira R.

Terrific job!!

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