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Should Roe v. Wade be Overturned?

October 22, 2019

A group of legal scholars and reproductive rights experts visited the National Constitution Center earlier this fall to debate the question: should Roe v. Wade be overturned? Kathryn Kolbert, who argued the landmark reproductive rights case Planned Parenthood v. Casey, legal historian and Professor Mary Ziegler, and President of Americans United for Life Catherine Glenn Foster joined our Senior Director of Content Lana Ulrich for a timely discussion of reproductive rights and the Constitution.

If you enjoy this constitutional conversation, please also check out our two-part debate on abortion and the Constitution on our companion podcast We the People (listen to part one here and part two here).



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.

Kathryn Kolbert recently retired as the Constance Hess Williams '66 founding Director of the Athena Center for Leadership Studies, and as a Professor in the Political Science Department at Barnard College. Kolbert is a public-interest attorney who argued the landmark case of Planned Parenthood v. Casey before the Supreme Court in 1992. She was previously President and CEO of People for the American Way and was co-founder and vice president of the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy.

Mary Ziegler is the Stearns Weaver Miller Professor at Florida State University College of Law. She specializes in the legal history of reproduction, the family, sexuality, and the Constitution. She is the author of the award-winning book After Roe: The Lost History of the Abortion Debate, published in 2015, and the forthcoming book Abortion in America: A Legal History, Roe v. Wade to the Present.

Lana Ulrich is Senior Director of Content, Senior Counsel, and Constitutional Fellow at the National Constitution Center.

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This episode was engineered by Dave Stotz and produced by Jackie McDermott and Tanaya Tauber.

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