Lorie Chaiten

Lorie Chaiten

Lecturer in Law

Lorie Chaiten is a women’s and reproductive rights advocate. From 2001-2018, she served as the Director of the Women’s and Reproductive Rights Project for the ACLU of Illinois, where she led the organization’s work to secure rights to the full range of reproductive health care, medical privacy and gender equality. In April of 2019, Ms. Chaiten joined the Reproductive Freedom Project at the ACLU national office where she focuses on legal strategies to secure and expand access to abortion care across state borders. In her nearly 35-year legal career, Ms. Chaiten has litigated numerous challenges to laws that impede access to abortion, contraception and other reproductive health care. Ms. Chaiten spearheaded the legislative advocacy in Illinois to ensure that patients get standard of care information about their medical circumstances and treatment options regardless of the religious objections of their health care provider, as well as the initiative to expand protections for abortion under state law and to assure abortion coverage under Illinois Medicaid. Ms. Chaiten created and led the Illinois Judicial Bypass Coordination Project from 2013-2018. Prior to joining the ACLU in 2001, Ms. Chaiten was a partner at Sonnenschein, Nath and Rosenthal.