Author's Note: I have linked several legal and social science annotations I co-authored with another intern during my summer at the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at UC Berkeley's School of Law. This particular wing of the Reproductive Justice Virtual Library is part of CRRJ's strategic initiative to repeal Harris v. McRae. The annotations are summaries of legal and social science articles intended to be accessible for a general audience.
From CRRJ's Reproductive Justice Virtual Library's wing on abortion funding bans:
Fully funding abortion is essential to making the abortion right a meaningful reality for people living in poverty. One Supreme Court case standing in the way is Harris v. McRae, which upheld as constitutionally valid the Hyde Amendment's ban on use of federal Medicaid funds for nearly all abortions. Getting the Supreme Court to revisit and reverse its ruling in Harris v. McRae is the goal of one of CRRJ's and If/When/How's long-term strategic initiatives. Correcting the case law is an essential element of a multi-faceted strategy to restore and secure coverage of abortion in public insurance programs, which also includes research, movement building, and state and federal policy advocacy. Replacing this dangerous Supreme Court precedent with a case that declares abortion funding bans unconstitutional would secure abortion coverage in public insurance for the long haul, regardless of future shifts in the political balance of Congress and possible efforts to resurrect Hyde.
Author's Note: As part of the requirements for my summer internship through the Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps, I completed a final report on my experience in August 2016. Here is an example of my more technical writing. My profile from the internship can be found here.
Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice
This summer, I completed my RRASC Internship at the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice (CRRJ) at UC Berkeley School of Law. CRRJ is a multidisciplinary research center dedicated to reproductive justice. CRRJ is especially committed to “bridging the academic-advocate divide” to find policy solutions to various issues in reproductive justice, including halting the criminalization self-induced abortion, overturning Harris v. McRae, and abolishing welfare family caps. As a Summer Intern, I was able to learn about each of these issues through various projects. I worked primarily on the Reproductive Justice Virtual Library, and particularly, on the newly released library wing dedicated to research and articles on Harris v. McRae. I also provided research assistance on CRRJ’s non-partisan policy analysis, “Bringing Families out of ‘Cap’tivity: the Path Toward Abolishing Welfare Family Caps.” Outside of these two major projects, I completed several other assignments involving research and press releases. Overall, interning at CRRJ was a fantastic opportunity where I got to employ skills I had gained from previous academic and activist experiences, and where I was able to further hone these skills in a new environment.