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IU experts available to comment on Supreme Court decision striking down Louisiana abortion law

June 29, 2020

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- In a 5-4 decision Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down a Louisiana law that had required doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. The case, which was similar to a Texas law struck down by the court in 2016, is the first abortion ruling since two Trump appointees joined the court. IU experts are available to talk about the significance of the decision and the implications it may have. For more information, contact Marah Yankey at mqharbis@iu.edu or 812-856-1442.

Caitlin Bernard

Global health, reproductive health, global reproductive health, sexual and reproductive health, contraception, abortion.

IUPUI

Email: caitlinb@iu.edu

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Dr. Caitlin Bernard is a family planning fellowship-trained obstetrician-gynecologist and faculty at Indiana University in Indianapolis. She has worked since 2014 with AMPATH -- the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare -- in western Kenya providing clinical care, teaching and engaging in research. (more)

Jody L. Madeira

Tort law, criminal law, children and the law, assisted reproductive technology, interdisciplinary perspectives.

IU Bloomington

Email: jmadeira@indiana.edu

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Professor Jody Madeira joined the IU Maurer School of Law faculty in 2007. Her scholarly interests involve empirical research; the role of emotion in law; the sociology of law; law, medicine and bioethics; and the Second Amendment. She is principal investigator on a grant to design and implement S.U.N., a multimedia web portal integrating educational videos and a mobile health tracking application for college students that addresses alcohol, marijuana, opioid and stimulant use disorders. (more)

Seema Mohapatra

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Health care law; bioethics; public health law; bioethics, gender and the law; family law; genetics and the law; health care quality and safety; torts; health equity; surrogacy and assisted reproduction; reproductive rights; biosciences and the law; clinical trials and research ethics.

IUPUI

Email: mohap@iu.edu

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Seema Mohapatra is an expert in the areas of health care law, public health law, bioethics, torts and family law. Her research interests include the intersection of biosciences and the law, assisted reproduction and surrogacy, international family and health law, health care disparities in the United States, and informed consent. She has authored articles and book chapters on topics such as insurance coverage of infertility and assisted reproduction, genetics and health privacy, international surrogacy laws, and equity in health care coverage. (more)

Steve Sanders

Constitutional law, U.S. Supreme Court, same-sex marriage, LGBT legal and political issues, equal protection, 14th Amendment, family law.

IU Bloomington

Email: stevesan@indiana.edu

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Steve Sanders teaches constitutional law, family law and constitutional litigation (the law of Section 1983 actions for constitutional torts) at the IU Maurer School of Law; his scholarship focuses on questions arising out of the 14th Amendment’s guarantees of equal protection and due process, with a special focus on issues affecting LGBT people and same-sex couples. Sanders writes regularly for The Huffington Post, the American Constitution Society Blog and SCOTUSBlog. He has appeared on MSNBC and public radio’s To the Point; provides commentary and analysis for the radio show Bloomberg Law; and frequently is quoted by print and online news media. (more)

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