May 2015

Women in Law: The Erosion of Reproductive Health Choices in the U.S.

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Why Can’t Women Control Their Own Destinies? CLE Discussion by NYCLA’s Women in Law Committee & Young Lawyers Section Sybil Shainwald, Esq. on May 1, 2015 Introduction and History Since the 2010 mid-term elections the states have adopted 231 new abortion restrictions. Additionally, twenty-six new abortion restrictions were passed by fifteen states in 2014 and seven states have passed additional restrictions in 2015. [click here for 2015 State Abortion Laws] It is depressing to think about the barriers to reproductive justice, the backlash against the gains of the women’s movement, the failure of governmental authorities to enforce laws that guarantee [...]

Bans on Dilation & Evacuation Abortions

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Bans on “dilation & evacuation” (or D&E) abortions are the latest front in the states’ war against a woman’s right to have an abortion, which has been waged ever since the landmark Roe v. Wade decision guaranteed that right in 1973. D&E abortion involves dilating the woman’s cervix and removing the fetus, often in parts.  It is the safest and most widely used method of second-trimester abortion. Last month, Kansas and Oklahoma became the first states to ban D&E abortions. The nearly identical laws, which are both referred to as the Unborn Child Protection From Dismemberment Abortion Act, outlaw the [...]