Temple Law School Presents: Abortion Legalization and Social Movements
November 10, 2021
12:00PM – 1:00PM EST
About the Event
A new Texas law bans almost all abortions in the state and, in a few months, the U.S. Supreme Court could overturn Roe v Wade. Countries outside the U.S., however, trend toward liberalizing abortion laws. Temple Law School’s Institute for International Law and Public Policy (IILPP) will host a discussion between panelists Professor Fiona de Londras, Professor Paola Bergallo, and Professor Patty Skuster, moderated by Interim Dean Rachel Rebouché. Professor de Londras will speak to the referendum on the repeal of the 8th Amendment, which ended the constitutional ban on abortion in Ireland. Professor Bergallo will describe changes in Argentina, where a law enacted at the end of 2020 legalized abortion.
Fiona de Londras
Chair of Global Legal Studies, Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham
Fiona de Londras is the Chair of Global Legal Studies at Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham. Her work focuses on human rights, constitutionalism, and ‘hard’ policy areas. Professor de Londras has published widely in the field of abortion and reproductive rights, and was involved in the campaign for the repeal of the 8th Amendment in Ireland.
Associate Professor, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella School of Law
Adjunct Researcher, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET)
Paola Bergallo is an Associate Professor at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella School of Law and an Adjunct Researcher at the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET). Her work focuses on public law, health rights, access to justice, gender, and socio-legal studies. Professor Bergallo has conducted research and headed projects for the National Ministry of Health, the UN Fund for Population (UNFPA), the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), the Nordic Fund for the World Bank, and the Center for Reproductive Rights.
Beck Chair in Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law
Patty Skuster is the Beck Chair in Law at Temple Law School where she teaches Health and Human Rights and Reproductive Health Law. Her work aims to improve understanding of abortion regulation and the effect of reproductive health law on public health outcomes. Prior to joining Temple Law School, Professor Skuster spent 15 years with Ipas, a global health organization, where she worked to improve reproductive health law and policy through training and publications for ministry officials, parliamentarians, advocates, and lawyers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Interim Dean, Temple University Beasley School of Law
Rachel Rebouché is the Interim Dean of Temple University Beasley School of Law and the James E. Beasley Professor of Law. A leading scholar in reproductive health law and feminist legal theory, Dean Rebouché has served as a co-investigator on grant-funded research projects related to reproductive health, including one funded by the World Health Organization. Her recent research includes articles on gestational surrogacy, prenatal genetic testing and genetic counseling, and international reproductive rights.