January 23, 2020

Direct from the Doctors & Lawyers on the Frontlines: Abortion Access in America

On Jan. 23, 2020, a panel of both doctors who provide abortions and attorneys specializing in reproductive health discussed the current landscape for abortion access from both the medical and legal perspectives.

 These esteemed panelists addressed abortion rights in America today, including the significance and potential effects of June Medical Services LLC v. Gee, the first case involving abortion to reach the Supreme Court's new majority. The case involves a 2014 Louisiana Law requiring any physician performing an abortion to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles. The doctor panelists also discussed the impact of restrictions like those presented in this case and other cases pending in the lower courts, and the attorney panelists review legal strategy and the implications of Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt.


  • Dr. Serina Floyd, Medical Director for Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.
  • Dr. Colleen McNicholas, Chief Medical Officer for Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri, where there is just one health center left providing abortions in the whole state of Missouri. 
  • Mai Ratakonda, Staff Attorney with Planned Parenthood Federation of America
  • Joel Dodge, Staff Attorney with the Center for Reproductive Rights Judicial Strategy team
  • Betsy Harned (Moderator), Vice President of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.


Commission on Women in the Profession
Criminal Justice Section


PowerPoint Presentation

Speaker Biographies

June Medical Services, LLC. v. Rebekah Gee, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, In the Supreme Court of the United States, December 2, 2019


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