The secret history of the activists who fought for poor women’s abortion rights at the Supreme Court

September 30, 2016

... Arguing the case, first in federal court and then before the Supreme Court, was the late human rights lawyer and feminist Rhonda Copelon, who was then an attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights. The team she organized around her, from co-counsel to consultants, was almost entirely women—which was no accident.

“When we were doing abortion litigation, as much as possible, the litigators were women,” Nancy Sterns, a former staff attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights who also worked on the case, told me over the phone. “I can really only remember one of the cases I was involved with where there was a man. And he was a feminist so it was fine.” ...

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