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Lawyers Network

The Lawyers Network brings together leaders in the legal community who uphold the rule of law and defend evidence-based decision making. By building knowledge about reproductive rights issues, engaging new allies, and empowering other reproductive rights advocates, our members work to realize the reproductive freedoms that lie at the heart of the promise of human dignity, self-determination, and equality embodied in the U.S. Constitution.

In The Spotlight

On August 13, 2019, the American Bar Association adopted Resolution 115F, asking federal, state, and local governments not to impose regulations on health care providers that are medically unnecessary or have the effect of burdening access to care. The resolution, sponsored by the association’s Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice and the Commission on Women in the Profession, affirms the ABA’s commitment to promoting access to health care. The association’s Health Law Section and the Section of Science and Technology Law also added their support to this resolution. Read the full resolution here and an article about the resolution's passage here.

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Resources

Article Available: Insight Into What Is At Stake With The Upcoming Supreme Court Appointment by Aracely Muñoz, Special Counsel for the Lawyers Network, Center for Reproductive Rights. This article was published in the Hispanic National Bar Association's Fall Noticias Member Publication (September 2018). 

Article Available: Supreme Court Nominee Threat to Reproductive Rights by Jose Caldera. This article was published in the Courier Tribune (September 13, 2018). 

Article Available: Kavanaugh is a Threat to Constitutional Right to Abortion and Birth Control by Jose Caldera. This article was published in the St. Louis American (September 12, 2018).

Video Available: Mirah Curzer, Co-Chair of the Sex and Law Committee, testified to the New York City Council on behalf of the New York City Bar Association in favor of the Reproductive Health Act (September 20, 2018). 

Podcast Available: With Justice Kennedy’s retirement, is Roe v. Wade done for? Featuring Scott Ruskay-Kidd, Senior Staff Attorney for Judicial Strategy, Center for Reproductive Rights. This podcast was released by Good Law Bad Law Podcast (July 13, 2018).

Article Available: Abortion, Free Speech And Justice Kennedy’s Last Word by Amy Myrick, Staff Attorney for Judicial Strategy, Center for Reproductive Rights. This article was published in Law360 (July 12, 2018).

Article Available: If The Court Can’t Force CPCs To Tell The Truth, It Can’t Force Abortion Providers To Lie by Julie Rikelman, Senior Director of Litigation, and Amy Myrick, Staff Attorney for Judicial Strategy for the Center for Reproductive Rights. This article was published by Huffpost (June 27, 2018).

Article Available: The Attack on Title X- Free to Do What? by Amy Myrick, Staff Attorney for Judicial Strategy, and Rachana Desai Martin, Senior Federal Policy Counsel, Center for Reproductive Rights. This article was published by the American Constitution Society Blog (May 31, 2018).

Video AvailableCommon Threads: Examining State Restrictions on 14thAmendment Rights featuring remarks from Robert M. Carlson, American Bar Association President-Elect, Lourdes Rivera, Senior Vice President, U.S. Programs, Center for Reproductive Rights and Martin Quintana, President, Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois. This event at the American Bar Association included speakers Steven Monroy, Legislative Staff Attorney, MALDEF, Claudia Valenzuela, Detention Project Director, National Immigrant Justice Center, Camilla Taylor, Acting Legal Director, Lambda Legal- Midwest Regional Office and Amy Myrick, Staff Attorney for Judicial Strategy, Center for Reproductive Rights. During a conversation moderated by Laura Beth Nielsen, Research Professor, American Bar Foundation our speakers reflected on recent Supreme Court decisions and the extent to which states can restrict the 14th amendment on four diverse areas of the law – immigration, LGBTQIA rights, reproductive rights and voting rights (March 7, 2018). 

Article Available: Justices Should Uphold State Reproductive FACT Act by Amy Myrick, Staff Attorney for Judicial Strategy, Center for Reproductive Rights. This article was published by The Daily Journal (December 15, 2017).

Article Available: Symposium: The First Amendment Cannot Justify Lying to Women  by Julie Rikelman, Senior Director of Litigation, Center for Reproductive Rights. This article was published by the SCOTUS blog (December 13, 2017).

Article Available: Masterpiece Cakeshop SCOTUS Case Could Also Doom Women’s Rights by Lourdes Rivera, Senior Vice President of U.S. Programs, Center for Reproductive Rights. This article was published by Salon (December 5, 2017).

Article AvailableAbortion, Immigration, and the Courts – Three Judicial Approaches by Amy Myrick, Staff Attorney for Judicial Strategy, Center for Reproductive Rights. This article was published by The American Constitution Society Blog (October 26, 2017)

Video Available (registration required): Federal Rulemaking on Contraception and Implications for Women’s Health featuring Mara Gandal-Powers, Director of Birth Control Access and Senior Counsel, National Women’s Law Center and Madeline Gomez, Legal Fellow, Center for Reproductive Rights as part of the American Bar Association’s Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice Rapid Response Webinar Series (October 24, 2017).

Amicus Brief Available: The Center for Reproductive Rights\' Hillary Schneller and Pilar Herrero filed an amicus brief on behalf of the Black Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA) in the case Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Family Planning and Preventative Health Services Inc, v. Smith (October 13, 2017). 

Video Available: The Future of Reproductive Rights and the Importance of Bar Engagement featuring Center President &, CEO Nancy Northup, Eric Schneiderman, Attorney General of New York State, and Melissa Murray, Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professor of Law at Berkeley Law moderated by Slate Magazine Senior Editor Dahlia Lithwick. During a conversation at the New York City Bar Association, our speakers reflected on the 2016 Supreme Court decision in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt and the current state of reproductive rights law. Nancy Northup also introduced the Lawyers Network and spoke about the vital role lawyers can play in safeguarding constitutional protections for bodily autonomy and reproductive decision-making (October 4, 2017).

Video Available: Connecting the Dots: The Connection Between State Restrictions on Women’s Rights and Lack of Access to Programs Benefiting Low Income Women and Children featuring Center President and CEO Nancy Northup during the 2017 ABA Annual Meeting in New York, NY (August 2017).

Article Available: Do states with abortion restrictions protect women's health? Report finds an inverse relationship by Debra Cassens Weiss. This blog post, published by the American Bar Association, highlights Nancy Northup’s remarks during the ABA Annual Meeting on the panel, “Connecting the Dots: The Connection Between State Restrictions on Women’s Rights and Lack of Access to Programs Benefiting Low Income Women and Children.” For more information see “Evaluating Priorities: Measuring Women's and Children’s Health and Well-being against Abortion Restrictions in the States- Volume II” (August 2017).

Article Available: The Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice of Latinas: An Imperative for Latina Leadership by Lourdes Rivera, Senior Vice President of U.S. Programs, Center for Reproductive Rights. This article was published in the Hispanic National Bar Association’s E-Noticias Newsletter (June 15, 2017).

Article AvailableOral Arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt:  The Justices Break Their Long Silence on Abortion Rights by Amy Myrick, Staff Attorney for Judicial Strategy, Center for Reproductive Rights. This blog post was published by the American Bar Association’s Civil Rights and Social Justice Committee blog (March 24, 2016).