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Unpacking the Implications of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health

August 24, 2022
1-2 p.m. ET

The Supreme Court recently issued a landmark decision in the matter of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health. This decision has upended nearly fifty years of doctrine concerning a constitutional right to privacy and the right to reproductive health. Professor Cohen will unpack the language used in the Dobbs opinion, explain the legal arguments made by both the majority and minority justices, and explore the potential implications for other constitutional law cases where the majority opinion was tethered to a constitutional right to privacy. 

About Professor Cohen

David S. Cohen is a constitutional law professor at Drexel Kline School of Law in Philadelphia. Professor Cohen’s scholarship explores the intersection of constitutional law and gender, emphasizing how the law impacts the provision of abortion, including violence against abortion providers, as well as sex segregation and masculinity. He also researches voting anomalies in the Supreme Court. He is a regular contributor to Rolling Stone, and the magazine recently published his work on Dobbs, the evolution of protections under Miranda, and the separation of church and state. Professor Cohen’s work was also cited in the dissenting opinion of the Dobbs decision itself.

The cases to be discussed in the presentation are as follows:

• Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, No. 19-1392, 597 U.S (2022)
• Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973)
• Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, 579 U.S. 582 (2016)
• Obergefell v. Hodges Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. 644 (2015)
• Lawrence v. Texas, 539 U.S. 558 (2003)
• Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U.S. 479 (1965)

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