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Nora Ellmann

  • Hosted by American Civil Liberties Union Reproductive Freedom Project
  • Sponsored by The Leonard & Robert Weintraub Family Foundation
  • Service location New York, New York
  • Law school University of California, Berkeley School of Law
  • Issue area Civil Rights/Civil Liberties, Reproductive Rights
  • Fellowship class year 2024
  • Program Design-Your-Own Fellowship

The Project

Nora’s (she/her/hers) project works to expand access to abortion and other reproductive health care through affirmative impact litigation and policy work, using innovative and creative strategies to ensure access to care for those most harmed by Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

Since the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, more than a dozen states have total abortion bans in effect, many more impose severe restrictions, and the anti-abortion movement continues to seek new ways to restrict abortion access. The people most harmed by the wave of abortion restrictions post-Dobbs are the same people who faced the greatest obstacles to accessing care when there was still a recognized constitutional right to abortion. For many people of color, people with low incomes, young people, and people with disabilities, among others, the promise of Roe v. Wade was never a reality, and the barriers these already disadvantaged groups faced to accessing abortion care before Dobbs have only compounded.

Fellowship Plans

Nora’s project with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project will focus on affirmative litigation to protect and expand access to abortion and other forms of reproductive health care. Through litigation and collaboration with policy advocates and grassroots organizers, Nora will work to proactively expand access to abortion in states where abortion remains legal, prevent further erosion in ban states, and ensure access to reproductive health care beyond abortion, particularly for people of color and others most harmed by abortion restrictions.

Whether as an abortion doula supporting people through their abortions or as a legal advocate through my fellowship project, I am passionate about ensuring that all people have access to the full spectrum of reproductive health care.

Nora Ellmann /
2024 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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