Prof. Rick Garnett will speak at a conference being held at Princeton University on October 16 entitled “Open Hearts, Open Minds and Fair Minded Words: A Conference on Life and Choice in the Abortion Debate.” Prof. Garnett has been invited to join a plenary panel addressing the question “Abortion in America, Should it be a Constitutional Question?”
The program notes that since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, courts and legislatures throughout the United States have continued to wrestle with various aspects of the abortion issue—including to what extent the issue should be decided by courts. In some democracies, decisions about the legality of abortion are made by the legislatures. In other democracies, courts have made the decisions. In still others, it is a combination of both, where legislatures and courts engage in a dialogue about the legality of abortion over time.
Prof. Garnett’s panel will consider both principled and consequential aspects of different perspectives on the controversy, including whether a search for common ground offers any hope for resolution.
On the panel with Prof. Garnett will be Dawn Johnsen, Mauer School of Law at Indiana University; Frances Kissling, Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania; Peter Singer, University Center for Human Values at Princeton University, and Robin West, Georgetown University Law Center.
Then this Sunday, October 17, Prof. Garnett will be the guest of honor and main speaker at the Diocese of Bridgeport’s 10 a.m. Red Mass at The Basilica of St. John the Evangelist, 279 Atlantic Street in Stamford, Connecticut.
Meanwhile, on October 7 Prof. Garnett was a panelist at a symposium hosted by the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and entitled “Twenty Years After Employment Division v. Smith: Assessing the Twentieth Century’s Landmark Case on the Free Exercise of Religion and How it Changed History.” The symposium brought together distinguished professors and clergy, some of whom were involved in the litigation and its political aftermath, to reflect on the impact of the landmark case.