Law School to Host Retrospective on Abortion

Law School to Host Retrospective on Abortion

With the 30th anniversary of Roe v. Wade as the backdrop, Boston College Law School will host a national symposium from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Jan. 25 to examine the impact of abortion on women.

The symposium, "A Thirty Year Reflection," will examine how legalized abortion has affected women medically, physically, psychologically and economically during the past three decades.

Jan. 22 will mark the 30th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that set aside a patchwork of state laws and made abortion legal across the country. The 7-2 Supreme Court ruling stated that abortion was a "private matter" and that privacy was a constitutionally protected right. Since the Supreme Court decision, more than 40 million abortions have been performed in the United States.

Mary Ann Glendon, Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard University and a member of the President's Council on Bioethics, Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, Eleonor Professor of the Humanities at Emory University, and University of Michigan School of Medicine Associate Professor Elizabeth Shadigan, MD are among the nationally renowned experts in the fields of law, medicine, history, sociology and psychiatry who will discuss the consequences of three decades of abortion on demand on American women.

Panelists also will include: E. Joanne Angelo, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine; attorney Paige Comstock Cunningham, a senior fellow at the Center of Bioethics and Human Dignity; Angela Lanfranchi, MD, co-founder of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute; and Elizabeth Schiltz, associate professor of law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law.

Sponsored by the Women's Fund of Americans United for Life, Feminists for Life, Women Affirming Life, and Boston College Law School, the event will take place in the East Wing Auditorium of BC Law School. Registration information is available at

"In December, Zogby International reported its public opinion survey found 22 percent of Americans less in favor of abortion today than they were a decade ago," said conference organizer Marianne Luthin.

"Other polls also suggest that support for Roe v. Wade is slipping. These polls all point to the greatest public policy question of the last three decades: 'Does abortion have a negative personal impact on women?' With 30 years experience in America, we feel that it is now a question that can be answered."

-Jack Dunn


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