Dorothy Samuels

Dorothy Samuels, a former member of the New York Times Editorial Board, is a senior fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice.

Recent Articles

For Women’s Reproductive Freedom, a Chill Wind Blows

Roe v. Wade will stand for now, but the essential right it protects is in Trump’s line of fire.

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(Photo: AP/Alex Brandon) Pro-abortion rights protesters attempt to block the March for Life in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, on January 22, 2016. D onald Trump’s plans for an extreme misogynistic makeover of reproductive health care received way too little scrutiny during his noxious, anti-woman campaign. Now, the damage a hard-right Trump administration could inflict on abortion rights and women’s health services more broadly has become impossible to ignore. Trump lost the popular vote and received no mandate to roll back or eliminate a fundamental right that the Supreme Court has recognized as integral to women’s autonomy and equality, but since Election Day, he has made even plainer his commitment to doing exactly that. In his first prime-time TV interview following the election, the president-elect doubled down on his campaign calls to destroy Planned Parenthood, pack federal trial and appellate courts with anti-abortion ideologues, and eventually appoint enough Supreme Court...

Trump’s Awful Behavior Drives Away Women, But So Does His Anti-Woman Platform

The Republican Party will never solve its woman problem until its leaders abandon candidates and policies that seek to rob women of their basic right to make their own child-bearing decisions.

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AP Photo/Evan Vucci Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves as he speaks during a campaign rally, Thursday, November 3, 2016, in Selma, North Carolina. A s we near the conclusion of this year’s bizarre and decidedly unpleasant presidential election, I find my thoughts turning to last month’s successful mass protest by Polish women to defeat that country’s plan to ban abortion completely, and to imprison for up to five years both women seeking the procedure and doctors who perform it. Specifically, I am struck by the resemblance between Poland’s draconian proposal to further restrict abortion—that country already permits the procedure only in extremely limited circumstances—and the radical rollback in women’s basic reproductive rights proposed by notorious misogynist and White House wannabe, Donald Trump, and his running mate/enabler Mike Pence. The two are pledging, among other things, to appoint Supreme Court justices who would consign Roe. v. Wade “to the ash heap of...