Roe v. Wade & the Supreme Court
Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision which established a constitutional right to abortion is under attack. The Supreme Court with its super-conservative majority is poised to overturn Roe. According to an editorial in Against the Current: “Poll after poll reveals that the right to abortion care actually has more popular support today than when Roe v. Wade was decided. If that right can be mutilated now, precedent and public opinion be damned, then no rights are secure from reactionary assault. For right-wing sharks getting rid of Roe is blood in the water.” The New York Times estimates more than 20 states “are expected to ban or substantially restrict abortion if the Supreme Court permits it.” However, some states like Colorado are going in the opposite direction, passing legislation legalizing the right to an abortion.
Recorded at the University of Colorado.
Jennifer Hendricks is a Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Juvenile and Family Law Program at the University of Colorado. She is the author of the essay “Abortion Rights in the Supreme Court: A Tale of Three Wedges.”
Victoria Alexander –
Her talk brings clarity about the evolution of wedges in abortion rights.
Liz Martin –
Professor Jennifer Hendricks explains the clear reality that Roe v. Wade is dangerously close to the edge of the cliff. In her thorough historical overview and timeline summary of abortion rights (reproductive rights, marriage and family rights) in the US, Jennifer translates what has become loud rhetoric from pro-lifers into factual impending women’s and human rights atrocities doom. If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, they should also prohibit any medical science advancements and practices if they were invented after the 16th century. Legal abortion in 1973 gave me the right to my life. Raised as female property, paralyzing trauma rendered me pregnant at 17 with the right to an abortion instead of psychological suicide. Environmental biology, social psychology, 65 years experience in reality make me a young research scientist. Alternative Radio has been my catalyst. I stand for Roe v. Wade. Thank you Jennifer Hendricks.
Janelle Davidson –
An easily understood speaker with precise facts, including historical points I’d never known before, an easy to follow summary, and overall an excellent presentation. I hope to get a copy of this to share.