Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice


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Event Alert

Pre-Show Panel and Discount Tickets to ROE at the Berkeley Rep — March 26, 2017

CRRJ, Berkeley Law, and the Berkeley Repertory Theatre are partnering for a very special performance of ROE on Sunday, March 26. Friends of CRRJ and members of the Berkeley Law community are eligible for 20% off tickets to the 7pm performance that night. (See below for instructions on purchasing discount tickets.)
The performance will be preceded by a free public panel discussion on Roe v. Wade, which will examine the historic case, what has transpired since, and what the future holds for reproductive rights and justice in today’s political climate.
Sunday, March 26, 2017 – 5 pm
Osher Studio
Berkeley Repertory Theatre
2055 Center Street, Berkeley
Free admission
Panelists include:
Melissa Murray, Interim Dean, Berkeley Law
Jill E. Adams, CRRJ Executive Director, Berkeley Law
Sunday, March 26, 2017 – 7 pm
Roda Theatre
Berkeley Repertory Theatre
2055 Center Street, Berkeley
Roe v. Wade – the landmark 1973 case that legalized abortion – is still fiercely debated over 40 years later. In her newest play, acclaimed writer Lisa Loomer cuts through the headlines and rhetoric to reveal the divergent personal journeys of lawyer Sarah Weddington and plaintiff Norma McCorvey (“Jane Roe”) in the years following the fateful decision. In turns shocking, humorous, and poignant,ROE reflects the polarization in America today while illuminating the heart and passion each person has for their cause.

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New RJVL Collection on Abortion Funding Bans
On the 40th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment, CRRJ is pleased to announce the launch of a new collection in the Reproductive Justice Virtual Library dedicated to bans on public insurance coverage of abortion.  The collection includes 25 annotated articles of downloadable legal and social science scholarship, as well as fact sheets and toolkits created by advocacy organizations. With an emphasis on the Hyde Amendment and Harris v. McRae, this modest starter collection will continue to grow, and we welcome suggested additions. We hope it will be useful to activists, scholars, journalists, and the general public – anyone who wants to better understand the legislative and legal history of the Hyde Amendment, as well as its impacts on Medicaid beneficiaries and other marginalized groups.

Center Releases New Brief on Anniversary of Welfare Reform

CRRJ released its latest non-partisan policy analysis, “Bringing Families out of ‘Cap’tivity: the Path Toward Abolishing Welfare Family Caps” on the 20th anniversary of so-called “welfare reform.” On that day, President Bill Clinton signed into law the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, which ushered in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and with it the invitation for states to maintain or enact Welfare Family Cap policies without federal oversight. Welfare Family Caps deny additional cash aid for babies born into families already receiving cash assistance. Our brief describes Welfare Family Caps’ origins and:

  • outlines their pejorative purposes and punitive effects;
  • highlights how they deepen poverty and hurt children;
  • explains how they ultimately cost the State money and harm the economy;
  • chronicles legal challenges and repeal efforts in 11 states; and
  • discusses the need to abolish these racist, sexist, classist policies nationwide.


Landmark Feticide Conviction Overturned in Indiana

Last year, the state of Indiana sentenced Purvi Patel to 20 years in prison for self-administering abortion pills to end her own pregnancy.  CRRJ co-authored an appellate amicus brief, arguing, on behalf of 30 reproductive justice organizations, that no one should be prosecuted for ending a pregnancy or for pregnancy loss. In July 2016, the Indiana Court of Appeals vacated the feticide conviction and remanded her case to the trial court for resentencing under a lower felony neglect charge. The court correctly applied settled legal principles to recognize it was neither the intent of the state legislature nor the precedent of the court to apply the feticide statute to a pregnant person who self-induced an abortion.

“The SIA Legal Team is pleased the court recognized that feticide laws are intended to protect, not prosecute, pregnant women,” Jill E. Adams is quoted as saying in Mother Jones. “Women don’t need to be stigmatized and sentenced; instead, they need safe, affordable access to provider-directed and self-directed health care.” 

As Adams told the Associated Press, prosecutions like Ms. Patel’s are a misuse of the criminal justice system, undermining public health and disproportionately targeting communities of color, immigrants, and people living in poverty.