Derek Reinbold  //  4/2/17  //  Topic Update


Vice President Pence cast a tie-breaking Senate vote Thursday removing a procedural obstacle to repealing an Obama-era prohibition on states denying Title X family planning funding to providers who also offer abortion services (WSJ).

  • Christine Grimaldi analyzes possible consequences (Rewire).

President Trump’s proposed executive order on religious freedom, LGBT rights, and reproductive freedom has profound constitutional infirmities, argue Ira Lupu and Robert Tuttle on Take Care.

Republicans should drop their focus on Planned Parenthood in light of the vital services it provides for women, the LA Times Editorial Board suggests. 

Arguing that Democrats underestimated the role of abortion in the election, Thomas Groome implores the party to re-think its position on the issue (NYT).

Analyzing President Trump’s male-dominated administration, Jill Filipovic suggests that the all-male photographs of President Trump signing women’s health legislation are intentional and strategic (NYT).


Updates | The Week of January 22, 2018

1/28/18  //  Daily Update

A year after President Trump's reinstatement of the global gag rule, banning U.S. funding to foreign organizations that promote or provide abortion, advocacy groups report significant harms to health services. HHS's new religious freedom division constitutes a new attack on women's health, wrote Jamille Fields at The Hill.

Updates | The Week of January 15, 2018

1/14/18  //  Daily Update

Texas argues in court that undocumented women seeking abortions have no substantive due process rights. The Trump Administration maintains its blanket policy and prevents another undocumented minor from getting an abortion.

Zachary Piaker

Columbia Law School

Updates | The Week of December 18, 2017

12/24/17  //  Daily Update

Another federal judge blocked a Trump Administration executive order that would allow employers with religious objections to refuse employee's contraceptive coverage as a part of healthcare plans. A federal district court in Michigan has upheld a right to display signs depicting aborted fetuses.