Beyond Abortion: The Consequences of Overturning Roe


University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics




18th November 2022

Tag(s): Past

For decades abortion access has been one of the most polarizing issues in American society. The Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization has catalyzed the elimination or severe restriction of access to legal abortion care in the United States. In this talk, the speakers will address the consequences of the decision beyond abortion care. The speakers caution that focusing on Roe and Dobbs as a decision that only protects ending a pregnancy ignores ways that overturning it curtails fundamental rights for all who become pregnant and undermines their status as full persons meriting Constitutional protections. The harms imposed, such as legal surveillance, civil detentions, forced interventions, and criminal prosecution disproportionately affect persons of color and perpetuate structural racism. The speakers will show how evolving misuses of history played a role in abortion jurisprudence, discouraging popular engagement and muddying an already divisive issue.

Objectives: At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
– Understand past and future ways that limitations on access to abortion affects all pregnant persons and others seeking reproductive health care;
– Explain how limitations on abortion access curtail fundamental rights for all pregnant persons and thus undermine their status as full persons meriting Constitutional protections;
– Discuss how these limitations shrink the common ground that those across the ideological spectrum on abortion might inhabit.

Participants are eligible to receive a Certificate of Attendance to submit to their respective professions for CEUs. Certificates of Attendance are available only to live attendees who are present for 75% or more of the talk. Each talk will be recorded & posted with our other event recordings.

Event start time: 12:15 pm

Event end time: 01:30 pm

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