Why Courts Matter: Women’s Health and Rights

We know from recent court cases on abortion restrictions, challenges to birth control coverage and family planning funding, and workplace discrimination that judges remain critical to protecting women’s rights. On no issue is the impact of the courts more salient than women’s rights, health, and equality. But while the rights under attack most immediately affect women, the legal ramifications of the “War on Women” are far broader. Upcoming court decisions could have potentially devastating and precedent-setting, long-term effects on many issues about which progressives care.

Please join Legal Progress, the legal policy program at the Center for American Progress, and the Women’s Health and Rights Program for the next installment in CAP’s series, “Why Courts Matter.” We will discuss what’s at stake in the courts and the judicial nominations process for the women’s rights community, the long-term implications of pending legal challenges, and how to enlist public support for safeguarding our courts and protecting women’s rights.

Welcome and Introduction:
April Carson, Deputy Director Legal Progress, Center for American Progress

Featured speakers:
Nancy Northup, President and CEO, Center for Reproductive Rights

Nita Chaudhary, Co-Founder, Ultra Violet; Former National Campaigns and Organizing Director at MoveOn.org Political Action

Marcia Greenberger, Co-President, National Women’s Law Center

Theodore Shaw, Professor of Professional Practice in Law, Columbia University; Former Director-Counsel and President, NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Moderated by:
Jessica Arons, Director of Women’s Health and Rights Program, Center for American Progress


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