Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Women’s Law Project in Pennsylvania seeks a new leader at a key moment in the gender justice movement

Women’s Law Project seeks a new leader at a key moment in the gender justice movement

The Pennsylvania nonprofit that acted as co-counsel in the landmark Supreme Court case that affirmed a woman’s right to undergo an abortion before fetal “viability” is searching for a new leader.

After 31 years at the helm of the Women’s Law Project, Carol Tracy announced this week she will be stepping down as executive director in June.

“I’ve been an activist in the Philadelphia area for 50 years,” said Tracy, 75, who said she wants someone with “younger eyes” to take over. “I think it’s time for me to hand over the mantle to a different generation.”

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Whoever becomes Tracy’s successor will be taking the reins at a critical moment in the gender justice movement.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority signaled it would uphold a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks. Critics of the Mississippi ban say such a decision would undermine the tenet guaranteed in Roe v. Wade, and affirmed in a case the Women’s Law Project helped argue before the Supreme Court in 1992 — Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which gave women the choice to have an abortion until the fetus can survive outside the womb, typically around 24 weeks.

Tracy said when she came to lead the Women’s Law Project, she thought abortion rights were secure. In Casey, the highest court struck down a Pennsylvania statute that required a woman to obtain her husband’s permission to get an abortion. The court determined no abortion law could place an “undue burden” on the women trying to undergo the procedure.

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Tracy’s successor will also be dealing with an array of other policy issues, from fighting for women who have been fired because of a pregnancy, to athletics equity, to the continued advocacy of women who have suffered from sexual assault.

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