Author: Elizabeth Rapaport

Electoral Democracy and the Roberts Court

Legal scholar Elizabeth Rapaport outlines various threats to voting rights and democratic elections, posed by the conservative Supreme Court.

Moore v. Harper

A Case that Threatens Democracy

Legal scholar Elizabeth Rapaport discusses the dangers to democracy posed by the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case Moore v. Harper.

The End of Roe v. Wade

Legal scholar Elizabeth Rapaport analyzes the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

Roe v. Wade in Red and Blue

It is a safe bet that Roe v. Wade will not fare well in the Supreme Court’s 2021-22 Term.


A Complete Story of Attica

At long last

Heather Ann Thompson has written a magnificent history of the Attica Prison uprising, the deadliest prison rebellion in U.S. history.

June Surprise: Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt Upholds Abortion Rights Against Restrictive Texas Law


Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt is a consequential decision, although far from a decisive victory for abortion defenders. Hellerstedt strikes down a Texas law that would have made legal in-state abortion in practice all but unobtainable for poor and rural women. The decision contains a number of surprises that will hearten supporters of reproductive rights. Surprise number one is that the swing justice, Anthony Kennedy, contributed the fifth vote. Kennedy is hardly a reliable supporter of abortion rights; but with his vote the Hellerstedt majority would have been secure even if Justice Scalia had lived to cast his reliable anti abortion rights vote.