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ADVISORY: Women’s Health and Legal Experts to Discuss Court’s Impact on Women’s Rights and Health

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Contact: Katie Peters
Phone: 202.741.6285

Washington, D.C. — On Friday, October 5 a panel of women’s health and legal experts will join Legal Progress and the Women’s Health and Rights Program for a conversation on why courts matter emphasizing how upcoming court decisions could impact woman’s health and rights. Panelists will address 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.

Recent court cases on abortion restrictions, challenges to birth control coverage and family planning funding, and workplace discrimination have proved that judges remain critical to protecting women’s rights. 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.


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 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


October 5, 2012
10:00am – 11:30am


Center for American Progress
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, DC20005


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