Undocumented teens and abortion

January 11, 2018


This week, we look at the case Hargan v. Garza, a lawsuit filed by the ACLU on behalf of undocumented immigrant that asks if the federal government can deny access to an abortion for pregnant undocumented teens.

As of January 11, 2018, the Supreme Court was considering the case in private conference.

Joining us to discuss this important question are two of America’s leading experts on constitutional and family law.




Catherine Glenn Foster is President and CEO of Americans United for Life. She served as Counsel of Record for amicus curiae Alliance Defending Freedom’s Amicus Brief in Planned Parenthood v. Abbott, which defended Texas’ healthcare regulations around abortion clinics.


Leah Litman is Assistant Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. She co-authored Petitioner’s Brief in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt case, which successfully challenged Texas’ healthcare regulations around abortion clinics.


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.” He is also a professor at The George Washington University Law School, and a contributing editor for The Atlantic. 

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The Fifth Amendment Due Process Clause By Roger A. Fairfax and John C. Harrison

Matters of Debate
Let’s Be Clear: Recognizing the Vagueness Doctrine of the Fifth Amendment’s Due Process Clause By Roger Fairfax
Does the Due Process Clause Say More Than What Goes Without Saying? By John C. Harrison

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