Amanda Stirone Mansfield, J.D.Associate Scholar
Amanda Stirone Mansfield is a graduate of Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law and a pro-life feminist whose research focuses on the inherent human dignity of both mother and child. She is also a graduate of Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. Before beginning law school, Amanda worked in a variety of posts in New Jersey state government and politics. She interned with Feminists for Life of America doing policy and legal research, and worked as a law clerk in the Catholic University Office of General Counsel. During law school, Amanda served on the executive boards of the Federalist Society, the Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity, Students for Public Interest Law (SPIL) and worked as a production editor for Journal of Law and Technology.
On the verge of the Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization over the constitutionality of Mississippi’s 15-week abortion limitations, which could result in the dismantling of Roe v. Wade, there has been a steady drumbeat by the abortion industry forecasting catastrophe for mothers across the nation.
Since January 2010, twenty-three states have enacted statutes prohibiting abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy. All but one of these laws make at least some explicit reference to fetal pain in either the legislative title, legislative findings, statement of legislative purpose or intent, or some combination of these elements. Evidence shows that unborn children can feel pain by 20 weeks, or five months, of pregnancy and even earlier.
Since January 2010, twenty-one states have enacted statutes prohibiting abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy, roughly five months or more than halfway through pregnancy. All but one of these laws make at least some explicit reference to fetal pain in either the title, findings, statement of purpose or intent, definitions, substantive provisions, or some combination of these legislative elements.
In this paper, Associate Scholar Amanda Stirone reviews statutes in 19 states regulating the practice of telemedicine abortion, then reviews litigation involving those regulations.