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Cohen Writes NY Times Op-ed with ‘The New Abortion Battleground’ Co-authors

Professor David S. Cohen

July 15, 2022

Professor David S. Cohen wrote an op-ed in The New York Times with fellow law professors Greer Donley and Rachel Rebouché on the use of abortion pills post-Roe. It was published on June 23, the day before the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

“With the growing popularity of abortion pills, many of the people who live in anti-abortion states and can’t travel will still be able to obtain safe abortions, often without the direct involvement of a medical provider and within the privacy of their homes,” the article said.

The article explains that many Americans aren’t aware of what medication abortions are, would have to be educated about how to find and use medication abortion correctly and safely, and would face legal risks if abortion is illegal in their state.

“Beyond government regulation, criminal defense attorneys around the country need to prepare themselves for an onslaught of cases concerning abortion law and pills,” the article stated. “Similarly, prosecutors could follow the lead of Attorney General Rob Bonta of California, who has urged his colleagues across the nation not to prosecute people for pregnancy outcomes.”

Professors Cohen, Donley and Rebouché co-wrote “The New Abortion Battleground,” a forthcoming paper in The Columbia Law Review, that was cited in the Dobbs dissent. Professor Cohen is also a co-author of the book “Obstacle Course: The Everyday Struggle to Get an Abortion in America.”