Elyssa Spitzer

Senior Policy Analyst



Elyssa Spitzer

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Elyssa Spitzer is a senior policy analyst for the Women’s Initiative at American Progress. Prior to joining American Progress, she focused on developing novel legal theories for protecting and advancing reproductive rights as a Justice Catalyst legal fellow at the Center for Reproductive Rights. Spitzer has also helped litigate excessive force cases with the MacArthur Justice Center’s Supreme Court and Appellate Program and served as a clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Presently, Spitzer serves as the senior fellow in law and neuroscience with the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School and the Center for Law, Brain & Behavior.

Spitzer received her bachelor’s degree in social studies from Harvard College and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.


Defining and Defending Contraception Post-Roe Article
A mostly used birth control packet rests on a counter top.

Defining and Defending Contraception Post-Roe

The misclassification of contraception as abortion by anti-abortion lawmakers is an alarming step down a path toward government control over women’s bodies and futures.

Elyssa Spitzer

State Abortion Legislation in 2021 Report

State Abortion Legislation in 2021

In 2021, the United States has seen the highest number of abortion restrictions made law in a single year, and the legal context in which this newly enacted legislation will operate is particularly tenuous.

Elyssa Spitzer, Nora Ellmann