A year after the fall of Roe, and the end of 50 years of constitutional precedent, many are left wondering what will happen to the promise enshrined in the 14th Amendment. Today, women and girls in the United States have less rights than their mothers and grandmothers. During the last year, the Dobbs decision has not only ended the right to bodily autonomy and personal decision making, it has also almost impacted almost every area of our lives. In the first one-hundred days after Dobbs, at least 66 clinics across 15 states stopped offering abortion care resulting in devastating effects for nearly 80 million women and birthing people. It has impacted workplaces, interstate travel, data privacy, and many other long-held rights. Emboldened by Dobbs, some state legislatures have doubled down on introducing increasingly extreme laws that seek to criminalize and civilly penalize a universe of people seeking care, providing care, or simply supporting those they love who need abortion care. These state laws not only seek to end access to abortion, but also undermine the rule of law and erode civic institutions. However, other states have pushed back and worked to ensure not only the right and ability to access abortion care for their residents, but also for those in hostile states who need care. The Biden administration has sought to enforce long-standing laws such impacting access to reproductive health and take a myriad of executive action to protect access to care. However, what is the path forward for regaining the constitutional right to personal reproductive freedom and the promise of the 14th Amendment? Join our panel of experts for a discussion about the impact of the Dobbs decision one year later and the impact it is having on birthing people, marginalized communities, individual rights, and the rule of law.
- Natalie Hanlon Leh – Chief Deputy Attorney General, Colorado Attorney General’s Office
- Rabia Muqaddam – Senior Staff Attorney, US Litigation, Center for Reproductive Rights
- Nancy Cardenas Peña – Campaign Director, Abortion in Our Own Terms
- Cherisse Scott – Founder, SisterReach
- Aracely Muñoz (Moderator) – Council Member and Co-chair, Rights of Women Committee, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice & Director of the Lawyers Network and Washington DC Office, Center for Reproductive Rights
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