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Speech, Symbols, and Substantial Obstacles: The Doing and "Undue"ing of Abortion Law Since Casey

The Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice will present Speech, Symbols, and Substantial Obstacles:  The Doing and "Undue"ing of Abortion Law since Casey. This daylong, interdisciplinary symposium will be held at Berkeley Law on Friday, October 4, 2013 and followed by a reception.   

Thought leaders from diverse disciplines will examine the constitutive power and widespread impact of current laws related to abortion in the United States. Discussion will focus on Planned Parenthood v. Casey's undue burden standard and the way this "standardless standard" is playing out in courts across the country, altering people's access to and experience of abortion care.

Various questions will be explored, including:  How have legal frames influenced the public's understanding of abortion and its perceptions of those who seek abortions? How do abortion regulations interact with other areas of law, including freedom of speech? How do abortion restrictions harm individuals, families, and communities, threatening access to services, compelling parenthood, and compounding other forms of marginalization?

Click HERE to register. The event is free and open to the public.  Registration is required.  

Click HERE  to read the full agenda, including panels about:  

·         Abortion Narratives:  Women as Agents, Victims, Heroes, and Harlots

·         Abortion Speech:  Legal Standards in Reproductive Health Care

·         Abortion Scholarship:  An Interdisciplinary Conversation 

·         Abortion Law:  What to Do with the Undue Burden Standard 

Click HERE to view the list of esteemed presenters, moderators, and discussants.


Members of the California bar may register onsite for continuing legal education credits.