UPDATED! Personal Conversations


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Reproductive Rights with Autumn Katz and Emily Nestler, Tuesday, August 27, 2019, at 8 p.m., Eastern time. Keep checking for updates! – Register here!

Lawyers Autumn Katz and Emily Nestler from the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York will discuss the status of reproductive rights challenges in this country. They will provide an overview of the current landscape of abortion access, with a particular focus on how access to reproductive healthcare throughout much of the South and the Midwest – where people already face extreme barriers to health care – is under attack. In addition, Autumn will discuss the current case in Texas challenging a state law requiring that all embryonic and fetal tissue from a miscarriage or abortion procedure be buried or cremated – to facilitate a discussion on the diversity of religious beliefs around abortion, miscarriage, and personhood.

Autumn Katz (pictured) is Senior Counsel for the Center for Reproductive Rights’ U.S. Legal Program. She is currently litigating multiple cases in state and federal courts across the U.S., including challenges to mandatory waiting period laws in Florida, Oklahoma, and Tennessee; a challenge to Texas’ requirement that fetal and embryonic tissue resulting from an abortion or miscarriage to be buried or cremated; and challenges to state prohibitions on a common abortion method. Prior to joining the Center in 2012, Autumn was a litigator at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, where she devoted a significant amount of time to pro bono matters involving civil and constitutional rights. Autumn has also served as a State Strategies Fellow for the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, providing legal analysis and advice to ACLU affiliates on legislation affecting reproductive health and rights.

Emily Nestler is a litigator at the Center for Reproductive Rights, where she leads lawsuits that challenge federal and state government-imposed restrictions that seek to eliminate or undermine reproductive rights, including rights to abortion and contraception. Prior to joining the Center, Emily served as a Trial Attorney in the Federal Programs Branch of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she defended federal agencies against constitutional challenges to federal statutes, regulations, and programs. Among other things, Emily defended policies supporting transgender rights under Title IX and Title VII, including regulations interpreting the nondiscrimination provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

Please join us in this exclusive Zoom session planned for August 27 at 8:00 p.m., Eastern time. Call-in information will be sent upon registering. Register for this Personal Conversation here!

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More Personal Conversations for 2019-2020 will be announced soon. For more information, contact Barb Levin at barbl11@aol.com.