On December 1, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a Mississippi case that would make most abortions illegal after 15 weeks of pregnancy (roughly two months earlier than the 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade). The state explicitly asked the Court to overrule Roe, which turns 49 on January 22, 2022. A solid majority of Justices (6-3) are on record opposing abortion rights. The Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG) has invited experts to discuss the case, including implications for the future of abortion access across the states and reproductive rights and justice in the U.S. more broadly. The oral argument recording and transcript are available here.
- Vanessa Dalton, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Michigan Medicine
- Leah Litman, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School and a contributor to the podcast Strict Scrutiny
- Sara McClelland, Associate Professor of Psychology & Women's and Gender Studies
- Sarah Wallett, Chief Medical Officer, Planned Parenthood of Michigan
- Moderator: Anna Kirkland, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Women's and Gender Studies; Director, Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG)
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