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Pieklo announces new book, Crow After Roe


Hamline Law Adjunct Professor Jessica Mason Pieklo, JD '02, recently announced the release of her new book, Crow After Roe: How "Separate But Equal" Has Become the New Standard In Women's Health And How We Can Change That. Pieklo wrote the book with co-author Robin Marty, and it was published by Ig Publishing.

2013 marks the fortieth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s abortion decision in Roe v. Wade, one of the most divisive rulings ever to shape American politics. In recent years, attempts to overturn Roe v. Wade have reached a fevered pitch. Since 2010, hundreds of bills banning or putting up roadblocks to abortion access, contraception, and basic women’s health have been proposed across the United States, with nearly one hundred new laws going into effect. The goal is to create a law that will eventually be brought before the Supreme Court in order to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Crow After Roe: How “Separate But Equal” Has Become the New Standard In Women’s Health And How We Can Change That examines eleven states -- Arizona, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Texas, Utah and Washington D.C. -- that since 2010 have each passed a different anti-abortion or anti-women’s health law explicitly written to provoke a repeal of Roe v. Wade. The chilling effect of these laws has been to establish a reproductive health care system in these states that makes abortion legal in name only, and which places women -- especially poor, rural, or those of color -- into a separate health care class, with few choices or control. The book features a foreword by Gloria Feldt.

In addition to serving as an adjunct professor, Pieklo, senior legal analyst for RH RealityCheck, is an attorney and the former assistant director for Hamline's Health Law Institute. A freelance writer, she covers constitutional law and women's rights at Care2.com and her writing on law and politics has appeared in Ms. Magazine, RH Reality Check, Alternet, The Washington Times, and Raw Story. Before becoming a writer and a professor, Pieklo spent six years litigating medical malpractice and corporate fraud cases. She frequently appears on the MOMocrats MOMochat as a legal affairs analysis and commentator.

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