Publication Date: 
Tuesday, June 30, 2020


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Where does abortion law in the United States stand, and where are we headed? In the wake of Supreme Court’s landmark decision, June Medical Services v. Russo, join the authors of four influential books on reproductive health, Professors David S. Cohen, Michele Goodwin, Carol Sanger, and Mary Ziegler, for a conversation moderated by NPR’s Sarah McCammon about the past, present, and future of the law and politics of reproduction. The authors’ insights also bring into focus recent state policies that have deepened inequalities and strained access to pregnancy and abortion care during the pandemic.


  • David S. Cohen, Professor of Law, Drexel University Kline School of Law. Co-author with Carole Joffe of Obstacle Course: The Everyday Struggle to Get an Abortion in America (University of California Press, 2020)
  • Michele Goodwin, Chancellor's Professor, UC Irvine School of Law. Author of Policing the Womb: Invisible Women and the Criminalization of Motherhood (Cambridge University Press, 2020
  • Carol Sanger, Barbara Aronstein Black Professor of Law, Columbia Law School. Author of About Abortion: Terminating Pregnancy in 21st Century America (Harvard University Press, 2017)
  • Mary Ziegler, Stearns Weaver Miller Professor of Law, Florida State University College of Law. Author of Abortion and the Law in America: Roe v. Wade to the Present (Cambridge University Press, 2020)
  • Moderator: Sarah McCammon, National Correspondent, National Public Radio


Sponsored by the Center for Public Health Law Research, the Harvard Law and Policy Review, and the Florida State University College of Law. Contact Rachel Rebouche at with questions.