Griesing Law’s Judie Saunders Co-Authors Book with Renowned Women’s Rights Activists on Women’s Reproductive Rights

January 24, 2022 (Philadelphia, PA) – “A War on My Body; A War on My Rights” (Di Angelo Publications, $27.00 hardcover) was released on January 22, forty-nine years after the historic U.S. Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade ruled in favor of a pregnant women’s right to abortion. 

The collaborative book, led by Paxton Smith, the Texas high school Valedictorian who went viral after she changed her speech to speak out against the state’s newly passed abortion restriction law, includes contributions from highly regarded women right’s lawyers and activists Gloria Allred, Sadie Hernandez, Carolyn B. Maloney, Wendy Davis, and Griesing Law Member, Judie Saunders.

“We are so proud of our colleague Judie Saunders on the publication of A War on My Body; A War on My Rights,” said Francine Griesing, Founder and Managing Member of Griesing Law. She continued, “Judie has a wealth of experience counseling victims of assault, bringing to bear her prosecutorial experience and sensitivity.” 

A War on My Body; A War on My Rights chronicles the history of abortion rights, its role in gender equality, and its cruciality to healthcare infrastructure while offering a raw, passionate perspective of the crisis concerning women’s reproductive rights and the dire impending consequences should the right to choose wane in the United States and on a global scale. It is a tribute to leadership and advocacy, illuminating the voices of those willing to take a stand on an issue that has long been cloaked in controversy and dishonor.

“My generation was the first in American history where women had the opportunity to make decisions about their health and family planning without first seeking the permission of their fathers or husbands,” says Judie, “Tragically, that essential freedom is being eviscerated based solely on the short-sighted ideology of control and repression of the female form.

For over two decades, Judie Saunders has represented adult and child survivors of sexual, physical, emotional, and psychological abuse in criminal and civil court. Notably, Judie has represented and counseled numerous high-profile clients who were survivors of abuse and sexual harassment, including an Olympian, NCAA Division I student-athletes, and elite level gymnasts. Judie is an established thought leader in areas related to the intersection of law, policy, and human rights. She also hosts the Legally Brief podcast, which discusses laws and notable cases related to abuse and how to combat it. In addition, the podcast also serves as a vehicle to shed the stigma and shame attached to being a survivor of sexual abuse. 

All profits of the book will be directed towards The Afiya Center whose mission is to serve Black women and girls by transforming their relationship with their sexual and reproductive health through addressing the consequences of reproduction oppression.