Join the Conversation: Why Abortion is Essential to Democracy and Democracy is Essential to Reproductive Justice

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The fight for the right to abortion, for equality and for representative democracy are all at the service of the same goal: justice for all.

last November, Millisecond. partnered with the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law to create an innovative microsite: “Abortion is Essential to Democracy.” What jezebel reported: “A think tank focusing on voting rights, money in politics and the criminal justice system highlights for the first time how attacks on democracy have led to the greatest threat to access to abortion from the Roe vs. Wade decision almost 50 years ago.” a powerful NowThis op-doc video accompanied the series of essays published on the site.

Our two organizations started the project immediately after Texas SB 8 went into effect and after the first egregious ruling (of many to come) from the Supreme Court allowing its application. Experts from across the Brennan Center articulated a response to reflect on the myriad democratic dysfunctions that have helped erode abortion rights in the United States.


We now continue with a live discussion co-hosted by Millisecond. and the Brennan Center, in conjunction with NYU Law’s Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network. Panelists will delve into the key questions raised in the series:

  • How should we consider the parallel affronts to participation and representation: the wave of voting restrictions and the disproportionate role of big money in politics?
  • Can we look to the state courts to provide new avenues after the Supreme Court ruling? dobbs decision?
  • What are the legal and social impacts of criminalizing pregnancy and abortion, especially in communities of color?
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Register here to register for this special event broadcast from the NPR studio in New York City on Wednesday, April 20, 2022.

We look forward to a robust virtual hearing and timely conversation about why abortion is essential to democracy, and democracy is essential to reproductive justice.

As we discussed in the original series: “By formally uniting our voices, we hope to show that the fight for abortion rights, the fight for equality, and the fight for representative democracy are all serving the same goal: justice for all. ”


This Brennan Center for Justice event is produced in partnership with NYU Law’s Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network and Millisecond. magazine.

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Jennifer Weiss Wolf, Fellow, Brennan Center for Justice; executive director of alliances and strategy, Millisecond. magazine


Michele Bratcher Goodwin, chancellor professor of law, University of California, Irvine; Executive producer, Millisecond. Studies and podcast “On the Issues”


  • melissa murray, Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law, NYU Law; Faculty Director, Birnbaum Women’s Law Network; member, Brennan Center Board of Directors
  • Lourdes RiveraSenior Vice President, US Programs, Center for Reproductive Rights
  • Monica Ray Simpsonexecutive director, SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective

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kathy spillarexecutive editor, Millisecond. magazine; executive director, Feminist Majority Foundation

sign and share MillisecondRelaunch of the petition “We have had abortions”—whether you’ve had an abortion yourself, or just stand in solidarity with those who have—so the Supreme Court, Congress, and the White House know: We will not give up the right to safe, legal, and affordable abortion.

Until next time: