Incoming King Hall Professor Ziegler is a Go-To Media Expert on Roe's Future
Incoming UC Davis Law faculty member Professor Mary Ziegler, one of the world’s leading historians of the U.S. abortion debate, has weighed in for many national and international media outlets since a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion reversing Roe v. Wade came to light in early May.
In an opinion piece in The Atlantic published May 3, Ziegler wrote that “something fundamental about the Supreme Court has changed in recent months” that goes beyond the court's conservative justices becoming a super majority.
“What is really striking is just how emboldened that conservative supermajority is—how willing to take on a number of deeply divisive culture-war issues; how blasé about making major decisions via the Court’s shadow docket; how open to making rapid, profound changes to long-standing precedent.”
Ziegler also wrote an opinion piece for England’s Financial Times newspaper and spoke to Jim Axelrod of CBS’ Sunday Morning, Judy Woodruff of PBS NewsHour and Jen White of 1A/NPR. Ziegler appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition, MSNBC’s The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell, Kate Couric’s podcast Next Question and Brian Lehrer’s WNYC radio show, and also addressed the implications of a Roe reversal in two CNN Politics reports, on May 11 and May 13, and in interviews with other outlets.
Mary Ziegler is an expert on the law, history, and politics of reproduction, health care, and conservatism in the United States from 1945 to the present.