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Mara Gandal-Powers, Counsel

Mara Gandal-Powers is Counsel for Health and Reproductive Rights at the National Women's Law Center. She previously was a legal fellow and an intern at the Center. During law school, Ms. Gandal-Powers was a law clerk for Senator Al Franken on the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law. Additionally, she interned for the Children's Health Advocacy Project, a medical-legal partnership between Legal Services of Eastern Missouri and health centers and children's hospitals in St. Louis. She received her undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College where she majored in Women's Studies. She received her law degree from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, where she served as co-president of Law Students for Reproductive Justice and was an associate editor of the Washington University Global Studies Law Review. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Gandal-Powers worked for the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs. She currently serves on the Alumnae Board of The Holton-Arms School. 

My Take

You've Seen This Before: Planned Parenthood Hearings and the Hyde Amendment

Posted by Mara Gandal-Powers, Counsel | Posted on: September 30, 2015 at 04:10 pm

At yesterday’s House Oversight Committee hearing, some members of the committee spent their allotted time for questions asserting that there are plenty of places that can do the same tests and exams that Planned Parenthood does for 2.7 million women every year and that federal funds should just go elsewhere.


The Attack on Planned Parenthood: Smoke and Mirrors

Posted by Mara Gandal-Powers, Counsel | Posted on: September 21, 2015 at 03:16 pm

In a revealing interview with Politico, the founder of the fraudulent organization that set out to “expose” Planned Parenthood has finally told us how he actually operates. Here’s a direct quote from him, when asked about the details of his organization and how it produced the videos, “My philosophy is that a good magician never reveals his secrets and I want to preserve the efficacy of those techniques for the future.”


An Ode to Serena Williams

Posted by Mara Gandal-Powers, Counsel | Posted on: September 11, 2015 at 02:10 pm

When I was a senior in high school, I had pictures of three athletes up in my bedroom: Michael Jordan, Cal Ripken, and Serena Williams. That might not seem like a strange list right now, but sixteen years ago, Serena stood out like a sore thumb. Michael Jordan and Cal Ripken were stars with incredible records under their belts. Serena had only recently broken into the top 10 women tennis players.

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Why the Griswold Case Matters to 99% of Women (and Everyone Else Too)

Posted by Mara Gandal-Powers, Counsel | Posted on: June 07, 2015 at 10:00 am

Fifty years ago, the Supreme Court decided the case of Griswold v. Connecticut, which legalized access to and use of birth control. Whether you’re part of the 99% of women who use birth control at some point in their lives or not, Griswold has had an impact your life. Griswold was the foundation for many of the rights that shape our lives today, like the right to determine if and when to have children, the right to determine how to raise your children, and the right to have intimate relationships with whomever you love.


Birth Control Without Costs: It's The Law

Posted by Mara Gandal-Powers, Counsel | Posted on: April 30, 2015 at 12:19 pm

Here at NWLC, we are big fans of the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit because it removes cost barriers to birth control and has the potential to change women’s lives. Which is why the findings in our report, “State of Birth Control Coverage: Health Plan Violations of the Affordable Care Act,” are so troubling. While most women are getting coverage of birth control without out-of-pocket costs like the law requires, some insurance companies are not complying with the law. Some insurance companies charge women for their birth control, do not cover it at all, charge for services associated with the birth control, or place unallowable limits on the coverage. When we uncover these violations of the law, we know that women aren’t able to access their birth control method because of the cost barrier.