#JusticeForJane: What Happened and What Comes Next in the Fight For Abortion Access

Friday, November 9, 2018

Brigitte Amiri '99, a deputy director at the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project, delivered the Center for Health Policy and Law’s annual health law lecture on Friday, November 9, 2018. 

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Brigitte Amiri '99
Deputy Director, Reproductive Freedom Project, American Civil Liberties Union

AmiriBrigitte Amiri is a deputy director at the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project. Over the past year, she’s been at the center of a national, high-profile lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s policy of preventing young immigrant women from having abortions. In 2017, Amiri successfully argued on behalf of a 17-year-old woman, Jane Doe, who was able to get abortion care after an appeals court in Washington, DC, issued a decision that cleared the way. The fight continues with a class action case against the US Department of Health and Human Services so that all Jane Does would have this same right.

In addition, Amiri went to trial in Kentucky last fall to keep the state’s last clinic open after the governor threatened to shut it down over deficiencies in its hospital transfer agreement. Amiri is also litigating other cases, including a challenge to a South Dakota law that requires women seeking abortion to first visit a crisis pregnancy center before obtaining an abortion, a restriction on Medicaid funding for abortion in Alaska, and a novel case against one of the largest Catholic hospital systems over its ban on tubal sterilizations. She is also challenging the Trump administration’s roll back of the contraception coverage benefit of the ACA. She was heavily involved in helping to defend the benefit during the last administration, including co-cordinating the amicus briefs in both of the related Supreme Court cases. Before joining the ACLU, she worked as an attorney at South Brooklyn Legal Services in the Foreclosure Prevention Project and at the Center for Reproductive Rights.

Lunch will be served. 

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