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Mar 21 2024


6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Formats (virtual, in person, hybrid)


Free Exercise and Reproductive Rights

Webinar for Attorneys and the General Public

The First Amendment guarantees Free Exercise of religion for all Americans, including those whose faiths embrace reproductive choice.  How can we protect these rights after Dobbs v. Jackson? 

The Supreme Court’s 2022 decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was hailed by some as a victory for faith in legal debate.  Since then, however, many scholars, advocates, and religious leaders have argued that by overturning the right to abortion, the Court has infringed upon the Free Exercise rights of women and families whose faiths embrace reproductive choice.  Thus, they argue that Dobbs may be better understood as a victory for those Americans whose faith prohibits reproductive choice, at the expense of those who practice other faiths, or none at all.

This online dialogue will explore faith-based pro-choice responses to Dobbs.  Speakers will include legal scholars from New York Law School and Columbia Law School’s Law, Rights, and Religion Project; policy advocates from Catholics for Choice and Hindus for Human Rights; and the attorneys representing Jewish women in the Kentucky case of Sobel v. Cameron.

The webinar is free and open to all.  New York State attorneys can earn 1.5 continuing legal education credits.  Please join us on Thursday, March 21, and click the following links to share this invitation on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.