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News Posted on July 1, 2016

Professor Pruitt Discusses Supreme Court Abortion Case on Capital Public Radio

Professor Lisa R. Pruitt appeared as a guest on the Capital Public Radio program Insight with Beth Ruyak to discuss a U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down a Texas law that imposed strict requirements on abortion providers, effectively limiting access to abortion in the state.

Pruitt said that although the Texas Legislature held that the law was intended to protect women's health, the Supreme Court Justices "went through a very extensive and careful balancing of the purported benefits of the Texas law for women's health, and found that there really were very few benefits, and that those benefits were greatly outweighed by the burden placed upon a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy."

Pruitt also discussed the impacts of the death of Justice Antonin Scalia on this term's Supreme Court decisions, as well as the prospects for confirmation of a successor.

Lisa R. Pruitt, Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor at UC Davis School of Law, is a scholar whose recent work explores the legal relevance of rural spatiality, including how it inflects dimensions of gender, race, and ethnicity.  Pruitt's work also considers rural-urban difference in transnational and international contexts.