March 9 Wednesday

Living in the Crosshairs: Abortion Providers

  • Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 12:10PM - 12:10PM
  • Room 122
  • Open To The Public
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Living in the Crosshairs: A Discussion of Harassment of Abortion Providers in the United States, Why They Continue to Provide Care, and Possible Legal Responses

Priscilla Smith is an Associate Research Scholar in Law and Senior Fellow in the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, where she directs the Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice. Prior to joining Yale Law School, Smith was the U.S. Legal Program Director at the Center for Reproductive Rights. Smith argued Gonzales v. Carhart, 127 S. Ct. 1610 (2007), and Ferguson v. City of Charleston, 532 U.S. 67 (2001), and recently testified before Congress concerning threats of defunding Planned Parenthood.

Dr. Nancy Stanwood, MD, MPH is Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Section Chief of Family Planning at Yale School of Medicine. She is also the Associate Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, and Chair of the Board of Physicians for Reproductive Health. Physicians filed an amicus brief in Whole Woman’s Health, sharing personal stories from several doctors and illustrating their many reasons for providing abortion care.

David S. Cohen is Professor of Law at Drexel University School of Law. His scholarship explores the intersection of constitutional law and gender, emphasizing sex segregation, masculinity, and violence against abortion providers. He also researches voting anomalies in the Supreme Court. Professor Cohen is co-author of Living in the Crosshairs: The Untold Stories of Anti-Abortion Terrorism, published by Oxford University Press in 2015. The book examines how abortion providers are individually targeted by anti-abortion extremists and how law can better respond to this type of harassment.

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