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Professor David S. Cohen’s Writings on Anti-Abortion Terrorism, Gay Marriage Appear in Slate and Salon

David S. Cohen with students

February 13, 2015

Recent U.S. Supreme Court actions suggest growing support for marriage equality, yet the basis of the likely majority’s ruling is harder to predict, Professor David S. Cohen wrote in an article published in Salon on Feb. 13.

Citing the court’s Feb. 9 decision to allow gay marriages to go forward in Alabama as the most recent indicator of the majority’s thinking, Cohen wrote that they could define same-sex marriage bans discriminatory against gays and lesbians or a form of sex discrimination or wholly irrational laws based on animus.

On Feb. 12, Slate published an article written by Cohen and alumna Krysten Connon suggesting strategies for law enforcement to protect those who work and volunteer at reproductive health clinics.

The article explores tactics that abortion opponents employ to frighten and intimidate abortion providers, including stalking, picketing their homes and posting their images and personal information on the Internet.

The Slate article offers a preview of Cohen and Connon’s upcoming book, “Living in the Crosshairs: the Untold Stories of Anti-Abortion Terrorism,” which Oxford University Press will publish in May.