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Professor David S. Cohen Discusses Looming Challenges to Roe v. Wade in The Washington Post

Professor David S. Cohen

February 22, 2019

Professor David S. Cohen was interviewed by The Washington Post recently on the many abortion cases currently making their way to the Supreme Court that could undermine rights established in landmark cases Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

Though the Supreme Court voted 5-4 this month to block a Louisiana law restricting abortion, the upcoming 20 cases – mostly involving challenges to state laws restricting abortion access – leave a lot of opportunity to greatly diminish, if not overturn, a woman’s right to choose.

This is only compounded by the current landscape of the court’s conservative majority, which also existed in the early 1990s, Cohen said.

“It’s hard to see how (Roe v. Wade) survives with the current lineup,” he said.

Cohen noted the parallel between now and nearly three decades ago, during which time the public’s concern for an impending end of abortion rights spiked.

Though ultimately the 1992 Supreme Court reaffirmed abortion rights, “that was a moment people thought Roe v. Wade was going to end and abortion rights were going to disappear,” said Cohen. With the upcoming barrage of abortion cases on their way to be heard by the top court, he said, “many people feel that way now.”

The author of “Living in the Crosshairs: The Untold Stories of Anti-Abortion Terrorism,” Cohen in filed a lawsuit in January 2019 seeking to expand Medicaid coverage to women seeking abortions in Pennsylvania.