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By connecting people and resources across the legal community we can build more collective power to realize reproductive justice for all.
If/When/How seeks to bring more legal professionals into the reproductive justice movement because we believe that the movement is stronger when we work together across disciplines. With our webinars and trainings, we help lawyers to understand that the legal system is often a barrier to true justice, to appreciate the need for a variety of strategies for effectuating change, and to shape law and policy that enables everyone to decide if, when, and how to create families. Our issue briefs and reports are tools you can use to learn more about RJ issues and how the law impacts them. Deepen your engagement by joining our RJ Lawyers Network.
If/When/How authored an amicus brief cosigned by 23 organizations working in Pennsylvania and the U.S. to ensure Reproductive Justice and the health and well-being of Black women and girls. Read moreDownload
If/When/How Executive Director Jill E. Adams, J.D., along with other leading constitutional law scholars, coauthored this brief in Mabel v. Hamilton arguing that the Maine Supreme Court should not rely on wrongly decided Harris v. McRae to uphold a ban on public funding for abortion care in the state. Read moreDownload
In Ms. magazine on the 2015 anniversary of Roe v. Wade, If/When/How Executive Director Jill E. Adams and co-author Jessica Arons revisit the perhaps lesser known Harris v. McRae, the 1980 Supreme Court case that upheld the Hyde Amendment, which outlaws federal funding for abortion care for those enrolled in Medicaid. Read moreDownload
This issue brief from the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law, produced by If/When/How Executive Director Jill E. Adams, J.D., "outlines the pejorative purposes and punitive effects of Family Caps, highlights their repercussions for poverty, chronicles repeal efforts in other states, and discusses the need for their elimination nationwide." Read moreDownload
Applications for the '20-21 Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program are closed. RJ Fellowships include RJ Federal (Washington, D.C.), RJ-HIV, and RJ State, which will place Fellows in the U.S. Southeast. The deadline for returning the application was November 1, 2019. Read moreDownload
If/When/How (then LSRJ) joined this amicus brief authored by Human Rights Project for Girls in support of plaintiff Juana Villegas. The brief argued that the practice of shackling pregnant women in jails, prisons, and detention centers violates international law. Read moreDownload
If/When/How (then LSRJ) joined the amicus brief authored by the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health in support of the U.S. Government. The brief argued that contraceptive coverage accommodation does not pose a substantial burden on the petitioners' religious exercise and that control over reproduction is essential to dignity and equality for women. Read moreDownload
If/When/How (then LSRJ) joined the amicus brief authored by the National Women's Law Center in support of the U.S. Government in the case of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. The brief argued that the contraception regulations of the Affordable Care Act pose no substantial burden on Hobby Lobby's religious exercise and that the regulations are necessary to advance both public health and women's equality. Read moreDownload
If/WhenHow (then LSRJ) joined this amicus brief authored by National Advocates for Pregnant Women in support of the appellant Ina Cochran. The brief argued that criminal abuse charges should not be used to punish women who become pregnant and give birth in spite of a drug problem. Read moreDownload
If/When/How (then LSRJ) joined this amicus brief authored by the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum and the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at UC Berkeley School of Law in support of appellant Purvi Patel. The brief argued that the court should not criminalize self-induced abortion. Read moreDownload