Fighting Abortion Restrictions in a Hostile State: My Experience Testifying at the Texas Legislature
by Katie Hansen MS1 at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin The 2017 legislative session in Texas has been a disheartening one for women and the pro-choice movement. State lawmakers have already proposed 17 bills that would make it more difficult for women to access abortion. On February 15th, I testified at …
Jennifer Lee, JD
Jenny Lee is a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) Reproductive Freedom Project where she challenges abortion restrictions in state and federal courts across the country. Some of her cases include challenging Wisconsin’s law requiring all abortion providers to obtain local hospital admitting privileges, Alaska’s restrictions on Medicaid coverage for abortion, South Dakota’s law requiring women to visit a crisis pregnancy center before they can obtain an abortion, and Arizona’s discriminatory law prohibiting race- and sex-selection abortions. She was also heavily involved in the challenges to the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that all health insurance policies cover contraceptives and helped draft the ACLU’s amicus brief to the Supreme Court in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. Prior to joining the ACLU Jenny practiced corporate litigation at Cravath, Swaine and Moore in New York City. She also interned with Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the ACLU of Illinois, and the Legal Aid Society’s Prisoners’ Rights Project. Jenny graduated cum laude from Yale University and with Honors from the University of Chicago Law School. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and dog.