June 20, 2014

Protecting Women’s Reproductive Health Care in a Hostile Era

Caitlin Borgmann, Julie Rikelman, Kathleen Clyde, Khiara M. Bridges, Louise Melling

Caitlin Borgmann

The City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law
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Julie Rikelman

Center for Reproductive Rights
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Louise Melling

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Khiara M. Bridges

Boston University School of Law
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Kathleen Clyde

Ohio House of Representatives, 75th District
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In recent years, states have enacted escalating numbers of restrictions on women’s reproductive health care, many in the form of targeted regulation of abortion provider (TRAP) laws that shut clinics under the pretense of safeguarding health. In addition, religious objectors are increasingly demanding exemptions from laws protecting access to reproductive health care, including health insurance coverage for contraception. Together these restrictions are dramatically altering women’s access to health care. How can advocates challenge these new restrictions under Planned Parenthood v. Casey? What other modes of advocacy are needed, in addition to litigation?


Caitlin Borgmann, Professor of Law, The City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law
Khiara M. Bridges, Associate Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law; Associate Professor of Anthropology, Boston University
Kathleen Clyde, State Representative, Ohio House of Representatives, 75th District
Louise Melling, Deputy Legal Director, ACLU; Director, ACLU Center for Liberty
Julie Rikelman, Litigation Director, Center for Reproductive Rights