Confronting the Dobbs Decision:

A Conversation About the Legality of Abortion

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The Loyola Marymount Bioethics Institute presents the O'Malley Chair lecture on Wednesday, October 12 7-8:30 p.m. in the Ahmanson Auditorium. 

On May 2 of this year, Politico published a leaked draft opinion of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization case which questioned the legality of a Mississippi ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The opinion, drafted by Justice Samuel Alito, effectively overturned the Constitutional right to abortion established in Roe v. Wade in 1973, stating that "Roe was egregiously wrong from the start." The leaked draft sent shockwaves though America when it was released, with some states adopting "trigger laws" which had variable bans on abortion set to take effect upon the court decision. On June 24, the Court ruled 6-3 to overturn the lower court rulings which prevented enforcement of the Mississippi ban outlawing abortions after 15 weeks. Many questions followed from this decision including the security of other court decisions stemming from the putative right to privacy including Griswold v. Connecticut which effectively granted a right to contraception and Obergefell v. Hodges which legalized same sex marriage across all states. Although, only Justice Clarence Thomas indicated in his concurring opinion that Dobbs could have implications for matters beyond abortion.

 

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To access the majority opinion, click here:

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To access the dissenting opinion, click here:

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Dobbs v. Jackson: A New Era of Court Fights Over Abortion Action
The Hill
July 22. 2022

 

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