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An interview with Helena Silverstein, associate professor of government and law, was included in a segment this evening on ABC’s “World News Tonight/Sunday.”

The news segment focused on a case coming before the United States Supreme Court beginning Wednesday that will determine the constitutionality of a New Hampshire law mandating parental notice of minors’ abortion decisions.

Update: Silverstein will be featured on Philadelphia’s WHYY-91 FM National Public Radio live call-in program, “Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane” Friday, December 9 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. To listen, go to and click on the Listen Live! link.

Silverstein has done extensive research on the implementation and impact of parental involvement regulations pertaining to abortion. ABC Producer Tom Giusto says Silverstein was chosen to be part of the program because “as a legal analyst she can help put the case into perspective for viewers.” A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court could take months.

Silverstein has published widely on the subject in law reviews and other academic journals, including an article coauthored by Wayne Fishman and Lafayette students Leanne Speitel ’02 and Emily Francis ’03, which was published in the July 2005 issue of Law and Policy. She is the author of a book on parental involvement due out next year.

Silverstein was interviewed on CNN’s “Lou Dobbs Tonight” Oct. 17 about judges refusing to hear cases that involve abortion. She provided perspective on the same topic in an article in the Sept. 4 issue of The New York Times, “On Moral Grounds, Some Judges Are Opting Out of Abortion Cases.” The article also appeared in many other newspapers around the country via the Times’ News Service.

A member of the faculty since 1992, Silverstein received Lafayette’s Marquis Distinguished Teaching Award in 2004. She holds master’s and doctoral degrees in political science from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from University of Pennsylvania

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