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December 12, 2021 RAPID RESPONSE

Preserving Roe and the Rule of Law

For the first time in almost half a century, Roe v. Wade and its progeny are being challenged in an unprecedented manner in both state legislatures and at the United States Supreme Court. Each year, hundreds of laws are introduced by state legislatures seeking to limit or prohibit access to reproductive health care. Recent laws, like Texas Senate Bill 8, have taken dangerous steps to not only end access to abortion care after 6 weeks but also to undermine the rule of law by creating schemes that delegate enforcement and bounties in an effort to avoid judicial review. Additionally, Mississippi’s 15 week-ban is a direct assault on Roe and a case in which the state is asking the Supreme Court to overturn over five decades of precedent. Today, for the first time in fifty years, people in large areas of the South are without access to abortion care.

This discussion touches on current cases before the Supreme Court, Dobbs v. Jackson Women Health Organization and Whole Woman’s Health v. Texas, and its impact on patients, providers, people’s constitutional rights, and the rule of law.


  • Dr. Bhavik Kumar, Staff Physician, Planned Parenthood Center for Choice; Director of Primary and Trans-Care Services, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast 
  • Julie Rikelman, Senior Director, US Litigation, Center for Reproductive Rights
  • Michele Bratcher Goodwin, Chancellor’s Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine School of Law; Director, Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy, University of California, Irvine School of Law


  • Elizabeth Harned, Vice President of Public Affairs, Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, DC, Inc.

Co-Sponsors: American Constitution Society, American Constitution Society Washington, DC Lawyer ChapterCenter for Reproductive RightsWomen’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia

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