Greer Donley is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University Pittsburgh Law School. She is an expert on reproductive healthcare and the law, particularly abortion and contraception. Her scholarly works have been published or are forthcoming in the Columbia Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Boston College Law Review, Journal of Law & the Biosciences, among others. Her popular writing has been published in the New York Times, the Atlantic, Time, the Boston Globe, the Hill, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Her scholarship focuses on reproductive justice; her recent research has explored interjurisdictional abortion conflicts, the intersection of pregnancy loss and abortion, the regulation of medication abortion, the right to abortion in the context of fetal anomaly, contraceptive equity in the Affordable Care Act, and the regulations surrounding the consumption of pharmaceuticals in pregnant and lactating women.
In 2020, Professor Donley won two emerging scholar awards based on her scholarship: the Haub Law Emerging Scholar Award in Women, Gender & Law and the SLU and ASLME Health Law Scholar Award. In 2021, the Pitt Law graduating 3Ls voted to give her the Robert T. Harper Excellence in Teaching Award.
Before joining academia in 2018, Professor Donley was an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins, LLP, where she advised a variety of healthcare clients in fraud and abuse, administrative law, and FDA law. She also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Robert Sack on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Before law school, she was a fellow in the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health, where she contributed as an ethics consultant and researched topics related to genetics and the fair allocation of healthcare resources. She graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Michigan Law School and was an Editor-in-Chief of the Michigan Journal of Gender & Law.
Professor Donley is the Director of the joint degree program in law and bioethics and a core faculty member with the Center for Bioethics & Health Law, the Reproductive Bridges Coalition, and the Center for Women’s Health Research and Innovation. She is also on the board of the Women's Law Project.
Her publications can be found here.
- The New Abortion Battleground, 123 Colum. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2023) (with David S. Cohen and Rachel Rebouché).
- Subjective Fetal Personhood, 75 Vand. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2022) (with Jill Wieber Lens).
- Medication Abortion Exceptionalism, 107 Cornell L. Rev. (forthcoming 2021).
- Second Trimester Abortion Dangertalk, 62 B.C. L. REV. 2145 (2021) (with Jill Wieber Lens).
- The Legal and Medical Necessity of Abortion Care Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, 28 J.L. & Biosciences 1 (2020).
- Parental Autonomy over Prenatal End-of-Life-Decisions, 105 Minn. L. Rev. 175 (2020).
- Contraceptive Equity: Curing the Sex Discrimination in the ACA’s Mandate, 71 Ala. L. Rev. 499 (2019).
- Commentary on Burton v. State, in Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Health Law Options. (Seema Mohapatra and Lindsay F. Wiley, eds.) (under review by Cambridge University Press, expected publication 2022).
- Regulation of Encapsulated Placenta, 86 Tenn. L. Rev. 225 (2019) (lead article).
- Encouraging Maternal Sacrifice: How Regulations Governing the Consumption of Pharmaceuticals in Pregnancy Prioritize Fetal Safety over Maternal Health and Autonomy, 39 N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change 45 (2015).
- Does the Constitution Protect Abortions Based on Fetal Anomaly? Examining the Potential for Disability-Selective Abortion Bans in the Age of Prenatal Whole Genome Sequencing, 20 Mich. J. Gender & L. 291 (2013).
- Prenatal Whole Genome Sequencing: Just Because We Can, Should We?, 42 Hastings Ctr. Report 28 (2012) (with Sara Chandros Hull & Benjamin E. Berkman).
- Read Professor Donley's co-authored op-eds related to the future of abortion rights
- In the New York Times: States Want to Ban Abortions Beyond Their Borders. Here’s What Pro-Choice States Can Do.
- In the New York Times: Joe Biden Can’t Save Roe v. Wade Alone. But He Can Do This.
- In the Boston Globe: Progress in the bid to make abortion pills more widely available
- In the Hill: The FDA's telehealth safety net for abortion only stretches so far
- Read Professor Donley’s Atlantic articles:
- You can hear Professor Donley talk about her contraceptive equity paper on the Ipse Dixit podcast or on Buzzfeed’s AM2DM segment.
- You can read a review of Professor Donley’s paper, Parental Autonomy over Prenatal End-of-Life Decisions, and a review of her paper, Early Abortion Exceptionalism, on JOTWELL.
- Read Professor Donley’s op-ed in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: A different abortion case is pending in Pennsylvania