Reva Siegel

Reva Siegel is Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law at Yale University.

Recent Articles

Mommy Dearest?

Next month, South Dakotans will vote on whether to uphold the most radical abortion ban in the nation. Allowing for abortion only “to prevent the death of a pregnant mother,” the ban was enacted last March in the belief that the changing membership of the Supreme Court made timely a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade . The nation awaits the outcome of this referendum; but in a crucial sense, the damage has already been done. That's because in enacting the ban South Dakota's governor and legislature gave prominent official endorsement to a claim that's been quietly spreading for decades: that abortion harms women. Asserting that women are subject to coerced and dangerous abortions, the state prohibited the procedure, it said, not only to protect the unborn, but to protect women 's choices, women 's health, and women 's welfare -- new justifications that borrow pro-choice language and infuse it with some very old notions about women's roles. Prohibiting abortion, the movement...