On Friday, June 17, the Town of Hillsboro and the Hillsboro Preservation Foundation offer an opportunity to learn more about the constitutional underpinnings of Roe v. Wade and the seminal ruling’s potential undoing in a forthcoming Supreme Court decision. 

The Eat, Drink & Be Literary! Presentation will feature constitutional scholar Benedict Lenhart for an evening devoted to an objective analysis of the constitutional arguments used by those supporting, and those opposing, abortion rights. 

Lenhart, who has taught Constitutional Law at Georgetown University for 20 years, will speak on the broad spectrum of law pertaining to abortion and contraception, including the precursors to Roe, from the Magna Carta to the 1965 Griswold decision. 

Key points addressed will include the link between “privacy” and abortion and the actual holdings in the 1973 Roe v. Wade case—which ruled the Constitution protects a woman’s liberty to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restriction—and the 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey ruling that upheld the right to abortion but altered the standard for analyzing restrictions on that right.

“My goal,” Lenhart said, “is to give citizens a solid grounding by covering the Constitution’s key features and core themes. My hope is that attendees walk away with a better understanding of this founding document—and the historical and current debates about its meaning.”

For tickets, click here.

Learn more at hillsboropreservation.org.