Professor Ziegler Assesses State of U.S. Reproductive Rights for Top Media Outlets

Professor Mary Ziegler, a leading authority on the history of the U.S. abortion debate, has written for top media outlets and spoke to others in recent weeks about the state of reproductive rights in the United States. Ziegler’s media commentary has been in exceptionally high demand since the Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade in its Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision in June.

Ziegler wrote a July 30 op-ed for the Los Angeles Times headlined “Roe’s gone, but the abortion wars just keep escalating.” She commented for an Aug. 4 New York Times story on Georgia determining that “any unborn child with a detectable human heartbeat” can be claimed as a dependent for tax purposes.

Ziegler spoke to The Guardian for a preview piece tied to the Aug. 2 vote on a Kansas ballot measure that sought to ban abortion in that state. On Aug. 4, Ziegler published an op-ed in the Boston Globe headlined “Where the antiabortion movement goes after Kansas.” On Aug. 7, Bloomberg featured a Q&A with Ziegler focused on lessons to be drawn from Kansas voters’ rejection of that ban. 

Ziegler spoke to host June Grasso on the Aug. 4 episode of the Bloomberg Law podcast. They discussed the Justice Department suing Idaho over its restrictive abortion ban. Among many other media appearances, Ziegler also spoke to NPR for an Aug. 10 report on how volunteer escorts at abortion clinics are shifting their focus.

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. She is one of the world’s leading historians of the U.S. abortion debate. Her book Dollars for Life: The Anti-Abortion Movement and the Fall of the Republican Establishment (Yale University Press) was released in June.

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