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The Future of Abortion in America: A Virtual Townhall Discussion for Students

November 10th, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Event Description

The future of abortion access in America is not secure, as recent developments have shown. In September, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to enjoin Texas’ SB8, allowing a sweeping abortion ban to go into effect. Later this fall, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case which threatens to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Bring your questions about these ongoing issues to this townhall discussion. Panelists include noted historian of abortion Mary Ziegler, constitutional law scholar Jeannie Suk Gersen, obstetrician/gynecologist and director of reproductive bioethics at Harvard Medical School’s Center for Bioethics, Louise Perkins King, in conversation with I. Glenn Cohen, faculty director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School.

Topics of discussion will be selected in advance from Harvard student submissions. If you are a Harvard student, please share your questions through this form.


  • Introduction and Moderator: I. Glenn Cohen, Faculty Director, Petrie-Flom Center; James A. Attwood and Leslie Williams Professor of Law; and Deputy Dean, Harvard Law School
  • Jeannie Suk Gersen, John H. Watson, Jr. Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • Louise Perkins King, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biolog,  Harvard Medical School and Surgeon, Division of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, Brigham and Women’s
  • Mary ZieglerStearns Weaver Miller Professor, Florida State University College of Law

Sponsored by the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School

 Harvard students, submit questions here!


Date: November 10th, 2021
Time: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Calendars: Public Events, School-wide Events, University-wide Events
Event types: Lectures / Seminars / Forums