Widener Law, Wilmington: April 25, 2013

“Roe’s Impact on Public Health”
Widener University School of Law, Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom
April 25, 2013 | Times TBA

Questions of reproductive justice involve important questions at the intersection of public health and law. This symposium provides a forum for a thoughtful discussion of some of the many public health dimensions of these issues.

>>> All information and Registration Materials can be found on the Widener Law site<<<

The first panel will look at the ways in which both sides in the abortion debate have attempted to invoke public health considerations in support of their position, and will then situate that debate into a larger conversation about how laws and policies relating to reproductive decisions can affect how women are likely to view public and private health authorities.The second panel looks at restrictive rules on the funding of abortions, with special emphasis on how these rules have been carried forward under the Affordable Care Act, and how they affect women in the military and in the prison system.


12:30–12:50 pm—Registration

12:50–1:00 pm—Welcome and Introductions from Event Co-Chairs—John G. Culhane, Director of Health Law Institute and Professor of Law, Widener University School of Law,Wilmington, DE; Erin Daly, H. Albert Young Fellow in Constitutional Law and Professor of Law, Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, DE

Panel One

1:00–2:30 pm—Public Health, Informed Consent and Dignity in Reproductive Rights—

Moderator: Susan L. Goldberg, Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs and Associate Professor,Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, DE

  • “Public Health, Medical, and Scientific Expertise in Abortion Jurisprudence” Aziza Ahmed, Assistant Professor of Law,Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, MA
  • “Short- and Long-Term Consequences of the Erosion of Informed Consent in the Abortion Context”John G. Culhane, Director of Health Law Institute and Professor of Law, Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, DE “A Population-Approach to Abortion Access:  Does Public Health Matter?”Wendy E. Parmet, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and George J. and Kathleen Waters Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, MA

2:30–2:45 pm—Break

Panel Two

2:45–4:15 pm—Financing and Accessing Reproductive Rights:Challenges Under the ACA and in Institutional Settings—

Moderator: Christopher R. Smith, Visiting Assistant Professor ofLaw, Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, DE

  • “High Unintended Pregnancy Rates and Low Abortion Access:  The Challenges Faced by Women in the US Military” Kate Grindlay, MSPH, Senior Project Manager, Ibis Reproductive Health,Cambridge, MA
  • “Reproductive Health Locked Up:  Policies and Practices in Pennsylvania Jails”Carol Petraitis, Director, Clara Bell Duvall Reproductive Freedom Project, ACLU of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • “Paying for Abortion After the ACA:  Health Insurance, Federalism and the Incremental Impact of Conditional Spending”Magda Schaler-Haynes, JD, MPH, Health Policy Consultant, MSH Health Policy Consulting, LLC, Montclair, NJ; Adjunct Professor of Health Policy and Management, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, NY

WHERE: Widener Law, Wilmington
4601 Concord Pike, Ruby Vale Moot Courtroom, Wilmington, DE

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