May 2015

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

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CLE Discussion by NYCLA’s Women in Law Committee & Young Lawyers Section Sybil Shainwald, Esq. on May 1, 2015 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 women’s rights and the entrenched traditions and political views that [...]

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 [...]