Final Installment of Law and Liberty Lecture Series Focuses on Reproductive Rights

Thursday, Aug. 9


In 1973, the landmark Roe v. Wade decision was handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court. That decision expanded a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy but it did nothing to cool the heat of the national abortion debate.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho addresses hot-button issues in its Law and Liberty Lecture Series. It will present the final installment--Women's Equality and Reproductive Rights—Thursday, Aug. 9, at noon. Earlier installments explored immigration policies and capital punishment.

The lecture about reproductive rights comes after a year in the Idaho Legislature that saw a great deal of controversy, when lawmakers considered a bill that would have required women to undergo an ultrasound procedure before seeking an abortion. Supporters called the bill necessary for informed consent, while critics called it an invasion of privacy.

Ultimately, the Legislature shelved Senate Bill 1387 under public pressure. Now the Law and Liberty series looks to examine legal and policy ramifications of similar bills considered in other states, and how they relate to the larger issues of abortion and women's health.

The ACLU asks: If the ultrasound bills in individual states are challenged, and end up in the Supreme Court, will the 39-year-old Roe v. Wade decision be up for review? A panel will discuss that question and examine the legal ramifications and policy implications of required ultrasounds.