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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Symposium Announcement - Speech, Symbols, and Substantial Obstacles: The Doing and “Undue”ing of Abortion Law since Casey,

Dear Colleagues,  

Please mark your calendars and consider attending Speech, Symbols, and Substantial Obstacles:  The Doing and “Undue”ing of Abortion Law since Casey, a daylong symposium to be held at Berkeley Law on October 4, 2013. The event is co-sponsored by the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice

Thought leaders from diverse disciplines will examine the constitutive power and widespread impact of current laws related to abortion in the United States. Discussion will focus on Planned Parenthood v. Casey’s undue burden standard; the way this “standardless standard” is playing out in courts across the country, altering people’s access to and experience of abortion care. Among the day’s many queries will be: 

  • How have legal frames influenced the public’s understanding of abortion and its perceptions of those who seek abortions?
  • How do abortion regulations interact with other areas of law, including freedom of speech?
  • How do abortion restrictions harm individuals, families, and communities, threatening access to services, compelling parenthood, and compounding other forms of marginalization?

We encourage you to visit the Speech, Symbols, and Substantial Obstacles website, to find more information, including panel descriptions and a list of confirmed speakers.  MCLE credits will be available, and registration will open in August. 

Sincerely, 

Kristin Luker, Faculty Director, Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice, Elizabeth Josselyn, Boalt Professor of Law and Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley School of Law

Jill E. Adams, Executive Director, Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice, UC Berkeley School of Law

Diana Hortsch, Senior Director of the Law School Initiative, Center for Reproductive Rights

Louisa Irving, Editor, Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice

Allison Lauterbach, Symposium Editor, Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice

 

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