The Future of Abortion Laws at the Supreme Court

February 28, 2019


Two leading voices from organizations on different sides of today's biggest debates over reproductive rights and abortion laws—Catherine Glenn Foster of Americans United for Life and Dr. Kelli Garcia of National Women's Law Center—join host Jeffrey Rosen to explore the key cases making their way up to the Supreme Court. Garcia and Foster also share their views on landmark abortion precedent like Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood v. Casey, and the more recent case Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, and predict how precedent might affect the outcomes of challenges to pending abortion laws at the federal level and in states like Louisiana, Tennessee, and Mississippi. 


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Catherine Glenn Foster is President and CEO of Americans United for Life. She has litigated numerous constitutional, abortion and maternal health cases, and testified on such issues before Congress and other federal and state bodies. She previously worked as Litigation Counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom.

Kelli Garcia is Director of Reproductive Justice Initiatives and senior counsel at the National Women’s Law Center. Prior to joining the Center, Dr. Garcia was a law fellow at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, researching global health, human rights, and health care reform. She also holds a Ph.D. in social psychology from UCLA.

​​​​​​Jeffrey Rosen is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Constitution Center, the only institution in America chartered by Congress “to disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a nonpartisan basis.” 

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This episode was engineered by Kevin Kilbourne and produced by Jackie McDermott. Research was provided by Lana Ulrich, Jackie McDermott, Ben Roebuck, and Madison Poulter.

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