February 14, 2020

Good Law | Bad Law - Abortion Roadblocks: A Conversation w/ David Cohen

Why is it so hard – and getting harder – to get an abortion in the U.S. today?


Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast, Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Professor David Cohen, of Drexel University’s Kline School of law, to discuss accessibility of abortion. David’s new co-authored book on the topic, Obstacle Course: The Everyday Struggle to Get an Abortion in America, tells the story of abortion in our country and captures a disturbing reality of insurmountable barriers people face when trying to exercise their legal rights to medical services.


Despite the controversy surrounding this issue, it is a constitutional right that women have access to abortion. Yet getting an abortion can be a monumental challenge in many places throughout the United States, forcing some to risk their lives and livelihoods in the process. Aaron and David dive into these obstacles and their implications, discussing restrictions, fake clinics, health care coverage, protestors and more. David explains his approach to the book and reasons for working on it while talking about state legislation, upcoming Supreme Court cases, and how the law tries to interfere with women’s rights and autonomy.


A graduate of Columbia Law, Professor Cohen’s scholarship explores the intersection of constitutional law and gender, emphasizing how the law impacts abortion provision, including violence against abortion providers, as well as sex segregation and masculinity. In addition to his most recent book, David is also the co-author of Living in the Crosshairs: The Untold Stories of Anti-Abortion Terrorism. Published in 2015, “Living in the Crosshairs” examines how abortion providers are targeted by anti-abortion extremists and how law can better respond.


Professor Cohen has published articles in the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online, George Washington Law Review, and others. Before coming to Drexel, David was a lecturer-in-law at the University of Pennsylvania Carey School of Law and held adjunct professor positions at Penn and Long Island University. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Women’s Law Project in Philadelphia and the National Abortion Care Network. Professor Cohen also continues to work on pro bono cases affecting abortion access and LGBT rights.


To learn more about Professor Cohen, please visit his bio page at Drexel here.

To check out Professor Cohen’s new book, Obstacle Course: The Everyday Struggle to Get an Abortion in America, please click here.


Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: David Cohen



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