January marks the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that made abortion a constitutionally protected right. That decision stood for 49 years—impacting generations of women and giving millions of people greater autonomy over their reproductive rights—until the Court overturned it in June.
The 19th, a fellow nonprofit newsroom focused on gender news, will mark January’s consequential milestone with high-level conversations on the legal, historical and cultural impact of Roe, and what the future holds without it. The conversation will take place Thursday, Jan. 26, at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET. Register for the conversation.
The program, outlined below, will feature thought leaders in the reproductive rights and justice space—including our very own Ellie Smeal, Ms. publisher and president of the Feminist Majority Foundation.
Welcome | 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET
- Amanda Zamora, co-founder and publisher, The 19th
What Roe Means To My Generation | 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:05 p.m. ET
- Eleanor Smeal, president and co-founder, Feminist Majority Foundation
- Rebecca Walker, author, To Be Real: Telling the Truth and Changing the Face of Feminism
- Jenny Yang, stand-up comedian, actor and writer
- Olivia Julianna, director of politics and governmental affairs, Gen Z For Change
- Moderator: Karen Hawkins, story editor, The 19th
What’s Next In The Courts | 10:55 a.m. PT / 1:55 p.m. ET
- Dahlia Lithwick, author, Lady Justice
- Hillary Schneller, co-lead counsel in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization
- Rhiannon Hamam, co-host 5-4 Podcast
- Moderator: Shefali Luthra, health reporter, The 19th
One-On-One With Vanita Gupta | 11:35 a.m. PT / 2:35 p.m. ET
- Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta, chair, DOJ’s Reproductive Rights Task Force
- Moderator: Errin Haines, editor-at-large, The 19th
Abortion In The States | 12:00 p.m. PT / 3:00 p.m. ET
- Mia McLeod, South Carolina state senator
- Elizabeth Nash, principal policy associate, Guttmacher Institute
- Moderator: Jennifer Gerson, reporter, The 19th
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