Forty Years After Roe V. Wade: Reproductive Justice in the Age of Mass Incarceration

Lynn M. Paltrow, J.D., Executive Director, National Advocates for Pregnant Women

Date: 
Wed, 04/24/2013
Location: 
4:30 PM, Robertson Hall, Bowl 2

Some forty years after Roe, the right to choose abortion is under greater attack than ever. Nearly 90 percent of all counties in the U.S. have no abortion provider. Women like Jennie Linn McCormack in Idaho are, as in the days before Roe, turning to self-induced abortion and getting arrested for doing so. Meanwhile, women who seek to go to term find that they may be subject to arrest and incarceration if they suffer a stillbirth, refuse cesarean surgery, or go to term despite a drug or alcohol problem. Efforts to recriminalize abortion and pass so-called personhood measures raise concerns for all women. As a result, the "pro-life" and "pro-choice" dichotomy no longer reflects current political reality. In this lecture, Ms. Paltrow will explain how we got into this mess, how we can get out of it, and how we can build a true culture of life that includes and values the women who give birth to that life.

Lynn M. Paltrow, J.D., is the founder and executive director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women.  A graduate of Cornell University and New York University School of Law, she combines legal advocacy with grassroots and national organizing to secure the human rights, health and welfare of all women, especially those who are most vulnerable—low-income women, women of color, and drug-using women.  In addition to fellowships from NYU and Georgetown and an honorary degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Ms. Paltrow has been honored with the Gerald Le Dain Award for Achievement in the Field of Law and the Barbara Seaman Award for Activism in Women's Health.  She was named one of  "21 Women Leaders for the 21st Century" by Women's E-news.

Co-sponsored by the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Center for Health and Wellbeing, the Women's Center, and the Program in Law and Public Affairs.