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Did Dobbs Get The History of Abortion in America Right?

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  • Start Date:2023-03-26 20:00:00
  • End Date:2025-03-26 20:00:00
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  • Level:Basic
  • Topics:Constitutional Law

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Join the PBA Women in the Profession Commission for a discussion on reproductive health care in the context of early American case law.

Constitutional and historical scholars take a look at our jurisprudence to see when abortion “entered the chat” and to see how laws surrounding access to reproductive health care changed in pre-Roe case law. 

Don your law school hats and get excited for this constitutional law class style CLE!

This entire Dobbs series was inspired by a podcast of Jonathan Van Ness’ (Getting Curious).  The planning committee is honored and excited to have the scholar from the episode, as well as two notable published scholars in this realm, join this program to discuss American reproductive case law history.

Co-sponsored with the PBA Women in the Profession Commission .

Recorded in March 2023.


Jacqueline Antonovich

Jacqueline Antonovich is an Assistant Professor in History at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, where she teaches the history of medicine, gender, and politics in the United States. At Muhlenberg, she also directs the Shankweiler Scholars Medical Humanities Honors Program. Her recent publications include, “White Coats, White Hoods: The Medical Politics of the Ku Klux Klan in 1920s America,” published in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine, and “Feminist Doctors and Medicine Women, The Lady Physician in the American Western,” in Diagnosing History: Medicine in Television Period Drama. She is currently working on a book with Rutgers University Press on the history of women physicians and their political activism in the early twentieth century. She is also the creator and executive editor emerita of Nursing Clio, an online journal that ties historical scholarship to present-day issues related to gender, health, and medicine. Her research and teaching have been featured in The Washington Post, BBC, Chronicle of Higher Education, NPR, and Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness. She received her Ph.D. in History at the University of Michigan in 2018 and holds an MA in History and Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Wyoming. 

Katherine Kennedy Esq.

Katie Kennedy is a family law litigator with over 7 years of litigation experience, including but not limited to handling PFA, custody, divorce, support, dependency, and TPR/Adoption matters. She also has experience handling zoning and tax assessment appeals, employment discrimination, and other civil litigation cases. Katie currently serves the following PA counties: Lackawanna, Wayne, Susquehanna, Wyoming, Monroe, Luzerne, Pike, Sullivan, Carbon; also serving the Lehigh Valley and Lycoming County as her schedule allows. Katie has been involved with the Pennsylvania Bar Association for ten years and loves serving the Commission on Women in the Profession.

Lynn Marks Esq.

Lynn A. Marks, Esq. (Opening the Courthouse Doors to Limited English Proficient Individuals, March 2015) Ms. Marks is the Executive Director of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, a statewide nonpartisan organization advocating for reforms in Pennsylvania’s courts, particularly in the areas of judicial selection, judicial discipline, jury service, court funding, and increasing racial, gender and ethnic fairness. Ms. Marks is the immediate past co-chair of The Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness, and sits on the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s House of Delegates. She was a member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Committee on Racial and Gender Bias and co-chaired its gender fairness work. A University of Pennsylvania Law graduate, she is the author of a legal treatise on the rights of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. She has chaired the Boards of the Women’s Law Project, Living Beyond Breast Cancer and the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women. Ms. Marks was named one of 25 “Women of the Year” by American Lawyer Media. She has received numerous awards, including the Philadelphia Bar Association’s “Sandra Day O’Connor Award” and “Alexander Hamilton Award,” Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s “Going Beyond” award, University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Alumni Award of Merit, as well as a Philadelphia City Council Proclamation “in tribute to her life’s work.”

Patricia Cohen

Patricia Cline Cohen is a professor emerita at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research centers on U.S. history from 1750 to 1870, with emphasis on women, gender, sexuality, journalism, historical demography, and medicine. Her current project studies abortion, fertility decline, and medical jurisprudence, with preliminary results in “Married Women and Induced Abortion, 1820-1860,” http://ssrn.com/abstract=4197554. Along with numerous articles, her book publications include A Calculating People: The Spread of Numeracy in Early America (1985), The Murder of Helen Jewett: The Life and Death of a Prostitute in Nineteenth-Century New York (1998), and The Flash Press: Sporting Male Weeklies in 1840s New York (2008).  Her fellowships include a Guggenheim and residencies at the National Humanities Center and American Antiquarian Society, where she was the Distinguished Mellow Fellow. She served as the President of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic from 2012-2013.  She earned her BA at the University of Chicago and her PhD at UC-Berkeley. 

Aaron Tang

Aaron Tang is a law
professor at the University of California, Davis and former law clerk to
Justice Sonia Sotomayor. He has written about the Supreme Court and
constitutional law for popular audiences in The New York Times, Washington
Post, Los Angeles Times, Slate, and The Atlantic. His research paper, After
Dobbs: History, Tradition, and the Uncertain Future of a Nationwide Abortion
Ban, is forthcoming in the Stanford Law Review, and his new book, Maybe in
Error, But Never in Doubt: How Overconfidence Broke the Supreme Court–And
How We Can Fix It, will be out this summer from Yale University

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