Roe v. Wade 40th anniversary program series stops at Widener Law, examines abortion and public health
Public Relations - Published: April 23, 2013
2013RoeAFter40Promo235pxA series of programs marking the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision will stop at Widener Law this month for an afternoon devoted to the ruling’s impact on public health.

“Roe After 40: Roe’s Impact on Public Health” will run from 1 to approximately 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25 in the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom on the law school’s Delaware campus at 4601 Concord Pike, Wilmington. The program is open to the public.

The afternoon will feature two panels that explore questions of reproductive justice from a public health perspective. The first will discuss ways both sides in the abortion debate have attempted to invoke public health considerations in support of their positions, and then move into a larger conversation on how laws and policies relating to reproductive decisions affect how women view public and private health authorities. The second panel will examine restrictive rules on abortion funding with emphasis on how those rules have been carried forward under the Affordable Care Act, and how the rules affect women in the military and prison systems.

The “Roe After 40” series kicked off in January with a Philadelphia program sponsored by the Women’s Medical Fund and Women’s Law Project that looked at the legal landscape for abortion providers. It has continued with events at Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law in February, the University of Pennsylvania Law School in March and now Widener Law on April 25. Additional events are planned for the fall 2013 semester, with programs at Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law and Rutgers Law in Camden, N.J.

The collaborative series is the brainchild of Widener Law Professor John G. Culhane, who directs the school’s Health Law Institute. Professor Erin Daly has joined him in the planning, and the two are co-chairing the April event at Widener. Visit to learn more about the series. The site, hosted by Widener Law, includes an events calendar and location information.

Attorneys who attend the program will be eligible for three continuing legal education credits in Delaware and Pennsylvania. New Jersey attorneys may self report for credits with a Widener Law certificate of attendance. The cost to attend for credit is $60 for attorneys and $50 for Widener Law alumni. It is free to students, the general public and the media. To register, contact Carol Perrupato at 302.477.2178 or