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Does the Fourteenth Amendment Prohibit Abortion? A Webinar with Joshua Craddock

by James Wilson Institute on October 26, 2020

On October 20th, 2020, Joshua Craddock, JWI Fellow ’19 and Affiliated Scholar, was featured as a speaker on a webinar hosted by the Federalist Society at the University of Virginia School of Law. The webinar centered on Mr. Craddock’s recent article in the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy titled, Protecting Prenatal Persons: Does the Fourteenth Amendment Prohibit Abortion? Professor Lois Shepherd, the Co-Director of Studies in Reproductive Ethics and Justice, responded to Craddock’s piece during the webinar. They debated what the originalist interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment is with respect to the legal status of unborn human beings. The speakers discussed the implications that this interpretation framework would have for state laws on abortion.

You can find full video of the webinar below.

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