Emily Bazelon

Emily Bazelon

Emily Bazelon at Mount Holyoke College in 2013
Born March 1971 (1971-03) (age 45)
Education Yale University
Yale Law School
Occupation Print and web media writer, essayist
Notable credit(s) Slate
New York Times Magazine
Spouse(s) Paul Sabin
Children Eli

Emily Bazelon (born March 1971)[1] is an American journalist, staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, and a senior research fellow at Yale Law School. Her work as a writer focuses on law, women, and family issues.

Journalism career

Bazelon is a writer for The New York Times Magazine and former senior editor of Slate.[2][3] She has written articles about controversial subjects, such as the Hamdan v. Rumsfeld trial[4] and post-abortion syndrome.[5] Her work as a writer focuses on law, women, and family issues.[3][6]

Before joining Slate, Bazelon was a senior editor of Legal Affairs.[7] Her writing has also appeared in The Atlantic, Mother Jones, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The New Republic, and other publications.[7] She has worked as a reporter in the San Francisco Bay Area and, in 1993 and 1994, as a freelance journalist in Israel.[8]

Bazelon is also a senior research scholar in Law and Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law at Yale Law School.[3] Bazelon and former New York Times legal correspondent Linda Greenhouse are affiliated with the Law and Media Program of Yale Law School.[9]

Bazelon has appeared on the The Colbert Report to discuss Supreme Court issues.

Writing on bullying

Bazelon wrote a series on bullying and cyberbullying for Slate, called "Bull-E".[10] She was nominated for the 2011 Michael Kelly Award[11] for her story "What Really Happened to Phoebe Prince?"[12] The three-part article is about the death of a 15-year-old girl who committed suicide in South Hadley, Massachusetts, in January 2010, and the decision by the local prosecutor to bring criminal charges against six teenagers in connection with this death. The Michael Kelly Award, sponsored by the Atlantic Media Co., "honors a writer or editor whose work exemplifies a quality that animated Michael Kelly's own career: the fearless pursuit and expression of truth."[13] Bazelon's series also sparked heated reaction[14] and a response from D.A. Elizabeth Scheibel,[15] who brought the charges against the six teenagers.

Bazelon authored a book about bullying and school climate for Random House, titled Sticks and Stones.[16] It received a front page New York Times Book Review review and author appearances on both the Colbert Report and NPR's Fresh Air. The Times Book Review called it "intelligent" and "rigorous", and described the author as "nonjudgmental in a generous rather than simply neutral way," and "a compassionate champion for justice in the domain of childhood’s essential unfairness."[17] The Wall Street Journal: "A humane and closely reported exploration of the way that hurtful power relationships play out in the contemporary public-school setting".[18]

Abortion views

Much of Bazelon's writing has reported critically on the pro-life movement and opponents of legal abortion, including "pro-life feminists"[19] and proponents of the concept of post-abortion syndrome,[5] while being supportive of abortion providers[20] and pro-choice federal judges.[21] She has accused crisis pregnancy centers of being "all about bait-and-switch" and "falsely maligning" the abortion procedure.[22][23] Bazelon has been described by some commentators as "strongly pro-choice" and a "prominent pro-choicer."[24] She has acknowledged her support for legal abortion on her Double X blog, commenting, "of course there's still an argument that access to legal abortion is also crucial to opportunity for women. Think how much some women's lives would constrict if they really had to carry every pregnancy to term."[25]

Criticism of Justice Ginsburg interview

In July 2009, the New York Times Magazine published Bazelon's interview with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.[26] Discussing her view of Roe v. Wade in 1973, Ginsburg commented,

Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of. So that Roe was going to be then set up for Medicaid funding for abortion.

Bazelon did not ask any follow-up question to what some have interpreted as Ginsburg's apparent endorsement of a eugenics-based rationale for legalized abortion, i.e., as a remedy for "populations that we don't want to have too many of". Bazelon was criticized by some conservative commentators for not doing so. Michael Gerson in the Washington Post asked, "Who, in Ginsburg's statement, is the 'we'? And who, in 1973, was arguing for the eugenic purposes of abortion?"[27] Gerson suggested that Ginsburg was expressing an attitude of some in her "social class"—that abortion is useful in reducing the number of social undesirables—and noted, "Neither judge nor journalist apparently found this attitude exceptional; there was no follow-up question."[27] Jonah Goldberg, writing in the Jewish World Review, called Bazelon's failure to ask a follow-up question "bizarre."[28] The on-line magazine Politics Daily attributed the lack of a follow-up question to Bazelon's "strongly pro-choice" views, noting that "when an interviewer assumes that he or she shares the subject's sympathies and world view, even the most shocking statements can fly right by, or be assigned the most benign possible meaning."[29]

Bazelon responded to the criticism, stating that she is "imperfect" and did not ask a follow-up question because she believed that Ginsburg's use of "we" had referred to "some people at the time, not [Ginsburg] herself or a group that she feels a part of."[29]

Bazelon's interview with Ginsburg was cited in the United States House of Representatives' Committee Report in support of the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2012.[30]

Personal life

Bazelon was raised in Philadelphia and attended Germantown Friends School.[31] She graduated from Yale College in 1993, where she was Managing Editor of The New Journal, and received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 2000 and was an editor of the Yale Law Journal.[3] She was selected for and participated in the Dorot Fellowship in Israel from 1993–94.[32] After law school she worked as a law clerk for Judge Kermit Lipez of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Bazelon is the granddaughter of David L. Bazelon, formerly a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit,[33] and second cousin twice removed of feminist Betty Friedan.[34] She lives in New Haven, Connecticut, with her husband, Paul Sabin, a professor of history and American studies at Yale, and their sons, Eli and Simon.[8][35][36][37][38]


  1. Bazelon, Emily (April 12, 2012). "What's Your Earliest Memory?". Slate. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  2. New York Times Press Release (2014-09-02). "Emily Bazelon joins New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-09-16.
  3. 1 2 3 4 "Emily Bazelon".
  4. Emily Bazelon (2006-03-27). "Invisible Men : Did Lindsey Graham and Jon Kyl mislead the Supreme Court?". Slate. Retrieved 2009-01-18.
  5. 1 2 Emily Bazelon (2002007-1-21). "Is There a Post-Abortion Syndrome?". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-01-17. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. Hadas Gold. "N.Y. Times Magazine hires Emily Bazelon". POLITICO. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  7. 1 2 List of Slate contributors
  8. 1 2 "Personal Branding Interview: Emily Bazelon", Personal Branding Blog, Dec. 30, 2009
  9. "Spotlight on LAMP". Yale Law School. 2008-11-18. Retrieved 2009-01-18.
  10. Bazelon, Emily (2010-01-26). "Bull-E: The new world of online cruelty.". Slate. Retrieved 2011-04-13.
  11. Romenesko, Jim (2011-04-07). "Michael Kelly Award finalists named". The Poynter Institute. Retrieved 2011-04-13.
  12. Bazelon, Emily (2010-07-20). "What Really Happened to Phoebe Prince?". Slate. Retrieved 2011-04-13.
  13. "The Michael Kelly Award". The Atlantic Media Co.
  14. Lohr, David (2010-07-23). "Revelations Stir New Debate Over Phoebe Prince Suicide". AOL News. Retrieved 2011-04-13.
  15. Bazelon, Emily (2010-07-22). "Blaming the Victim". Slate. Retrieved 2011-04-13.
  16. Boog, Jason (2010-11-10). "Emily Bazelon Lands Book Deal for Bullying Investigation". Media Bistro GalleyCat Blog. Retrieved 2011-04-13.
  17. Solomon, Andrew (2013-02-28). "'Sticks and Stones,' Emily Bazelon's Book on Bullying". The New York Times.
  18. "Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy: Emily Bazelon: 9780812992809: Amazon.com: Books". amazon.com. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  19. "Suffragette City", E. Bazelon, Mother Jones, Jan.-Feb. 2007
  20. "The New Abortion Providers", E. Bazelon, New York Times Magazine, July 14, 2010
  21. "Defining Radical Down", E. Bazelon, Slate, Apr. 13, 2010
  22. "Sign Them Up", E. Bazelon, Slate, Nov. 25, 2009
  23. "The Politics of Pregnancy Counseling", R. Douthat, New York Times Opinion blog, Dec. 3, 2009
  24. "Abortion, Eugenics and the Meaning of Margaret Sanger", C. Cannon, Politics Daily, July 22, 2009
  25. "The Feminist Establishment Rejects the Mama Grizzlies", E. Bazelon, Double X, Aug. 19, 2010
  26. "The Place of Women on the Court", New York Times Magazine], July 7, 2009.
  27. 1 2 "Justice Ginsburg in Context", M. Gerson, Washington Post, July 17, 2009
  28. "Ruth Bader Ginsburg and a Question of Eugenics", J. Goldberg, Jewish World Review, July 15, 2009.
  29. 1 2 "Why Emily Bazelon Didn't Follow Up on Ginsburg's Abortion Comment", M. Henneberger, Politics Daily, July 17, 2009
  30. House Report 112-496, H.R. 3541, fn. 123
  31. "Germantown Friends: News » The Ninny State: The Danger of Overprotecting Your Kids from Technology". germantownfriends.org. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  32. "Dorot Fellows". dorot.org. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  33. In Brief, Summer 2003, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law.
  34. Emily Bazelon (2006-02-05). "Shopping With Betty". Slate. Retrieved 2009-01-17.
  35. "The Environment", Slate, E. Bazelon & P. Sabin, Apr. 3, 2008.
  36. Environmental Leadership Program, Who We Are
  37. Paul Sabin, Yale Department of History.
  38. "How Can You Deny Your Kid Plastic Crap?", E. Bazelon, XX Factor, Feb. 12, 2010

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