Roe v. Wade at 50: Reproductive Rights and Justice in Historical Perspectives

Endorsed by S-USIH and WASM

Saturday, April 1, 2023, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Type: Roundtable Discussion

Tags: Gender and Sexuality; Race; Science, Medicine, and Public Health


January 22, 2023, is the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court decisions in the cases Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. Six months earlier, in its opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health, the Supreme Court overturned Roe and Doe and inaugurated a new era in U.S. abortion law, access and policy. This panel gathers pre-eminent and emerging scholars of abortion, law, and reproduction to bring our perspectives to bear on these dramatic events in the history of the United States.

Session Participants

Chair and Panelist: Felicia Kornbluh, University of Vermont
Dr. Felicia Kornbluh is a Professor of History and of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies and Jewish Studies, at the University of Vermont. She serves as chair of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America-Vermont Action Fund Board of Directors, and is the author of the forthcoming, How to Fight a War on Women: My Mother, Our Neighbor, and the History of Reproductive Rights and Justice in Modern America (Grove Atlantic, 2022). This will be her third book.

Panelist: Natalie Lira, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Natalie Lira is Assistant Professor of Latina/o Studies and Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is the author of Laboratory of Deficiency: Sterilization and Confinement in California, 1900-1950s and holds a Ph.D. from the American Culture program at the University of Michigan.

Panelist: Melissa Murray, New York University
Melissa Murray is the Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law at New York University. A former clerk to United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Murray is the author of many articles and the co-editor of the first-ever casebook on Reproductive Rights and Justice and the collection, Reproductive Rights and Justice Stories. She co-hosts the podcast, "Strict Scrutiny."

Panelist: Leslie J. Reagan, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Reagan is Professor of History, Law, and Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign. She is the author of the award-winning books, When Abortion Was a Crime, and Dangerous Pregnancies.

Panelist: Mary R. Ziegler, University of California at Davis
Dr. Ziegler is the Stearns Weaver Miller Professor at Florida State University. In Spring, 2022, she was a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School. Ziegler is the author of six books on the history of reproduction, sexuality, and law, including the forthcoming What We Talk About When We Talk About Roe v. Wade.