As one of the first states to repeal its abortion statute before Roe v. Wade legalized abortion, New York in particular spurred the genesis of sophisticated argumentation for and against legalized abortion.

Why did New York legalize abortion through the legislature and not through the courts? Four law professors and a judge discuss what happened in New York before Roe v. Wade.


As always, the Federalist Society takes no position of particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speakers.


Prof. Helen M. Alvare, Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University

Prof. Robert P. George, Princeton University

Prof. Linda Greenhouse, Yale Law School

Prof. Kimberly Mutcherson, Rutgers Law School

Hon. A. Raymond Randolph, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit



Related Links & Differing Views:

The Federalist Society: “5th Annual Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture”

The New York Times: “Michaels, Whose Vote Passed Abortion Bill, Will Stay in Race”

Center for the Study of Federalism: “Abortion”

The Federalist Society: “Roe v. Wade: A Legal History”
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