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The Dobbs Decision: Contexts, Controversies, Consequences

About the Event

In view of the recent U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, this teach-in will offer students, staff, faculty and other campus members the opportunity to learn about the background and implications of Dobbs for human dignity and flourishing, in a multidisciplinary way. It will explore reproductive rights and gender dimensions, and the consistent ethic of life for which the Catholic Church and the Marianists stand. Key topics include the history, law and politics of abortion provision in the US and internationally; experiences of activism around parental and reproductive rights; ethics of life and reproduction; and perspectives on abortion from different faith traditions, including Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.

All sessions will be individually PATH eligible.

Event Details

Date and Time

Monday, September 19th, 11.15am - 5.30pm


KU Torch Lounge


Moderated by Shelley Inglis, Executive Director, Human Rights Center


Jamie Small, Associate Professor, Sociology; Director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program

Susan Weaver, Lecturer, Political Science

Miranda Hallett, Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology; Director of Human Rights Studies Program

Moderated by Sandra Yocum, Associate Professor, Religious Studies; University Professor of Faith and Culture


Rebecca Whisnant, Professor; Chair of Department of Philosophy

Jana Bennett, Professor; Chair of Department of Religious Studies

Jusuf Salih, Associate Professor, Religious Studies

Abraham Rubin, Assistant Professor, Religious Studies

Moderated by Lisa J. Borello, Executive Director, Women’s Center; Research Professor of Applied Sociology


Jeff Schmitt,  Professor of Law, School of Law; Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs

Shelley Inglis, Executive Director, Human Rights Center; Research Professor of Human Rights & Law

Moderated by Christa Johnson, Director, Ethics and Leadership Initiative; Associate Professor of Practice, Department of Philosophy


Tracey Jaffe, Associate Director, International Studies Program; Senior Lecturer, History

Satang Nabaneh, Director of Programs, Human Rights Center; Research Professor of Law

Joel Pruce, Associate Professor, Political Science; Director of Applied Research and Learning, Human Rights Center

Moderated by Paul Morrow, Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy; Research Associate, Human Rights Center


Kelly Johnson, Associate Professor, Religious Studies; Fr. Ferree Chair of Social Justice

Ericka Curran, Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills; Leadership Honors Program Director, School of Law

Heather MacLachlan, Professor of Ethnomusicology, Music

Simanti Dasgupta, Director, International Studies Program; Associate Professor of Anthropology

Moderated by Tony Talbott, Director, Abolition Ohio; Director of Advocacy, Human Rights Center


Anya Galli-Robertson, Assistant Professor of Sociology; Fellow for LGBTQ+ Inclusion, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Christopher B. Brough, Lecturer, Political Science

Nick Cardilino, Associate Director of Campus Ministry; Director, Center for Social Concern

Megan Garrison,
Partnerships, Outreach, and Engagement Coordinator, Human Rights Center


Learn about catholic moral theory, constitutional law and human rights perspectives on the recent supreme court decision.

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Information on the consistent ethic of life. 

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"A new way to think about the ‘consistent ethic of life’"

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In May of 2021, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The case involves a law in Mississippi that bans most abortions after the baby reaches 15 weeks. Suing saying that it is in direct violation of Roe v. Wade.

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U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade and revokes the consitiunational right to abortion. 

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In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. Invited a dozen pro-choice and pro-life people to talk. Talks about how to have a better and more open discussion about abortion.

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The article features a discussion between Keara Hanlon, a former Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J., Fellow at America, and Ashley McKinless, an executive editor at America, who have differing views on legal abortion. 

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the effects of Roe v. Wade on a global scale and how it will effect other countries and there decisions to legalize abortion. 

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Trying to help ad inspire healthcare providers to overcome barriers to the delivery of reproductive services to protect and advance women’s health.

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Talks about the history of reproductive justice. 

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Break down of every state that has banned or restricted abortion since the reversal of Roe v. Wade. 

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Abortion clinics moved the case from the Ohio Supreme Court to the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court. Would receive a faster verdict, before abortion clinics face irreversible damage. 

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How has Roe v. Wade shaped abortion in the United States and, how it has shaped abortion laws in Africa. 

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A South Florida congregation said that under Jewish law, abortion “is required if necessary to protect the health, mental or physical well-being” of a pregnant woman.

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All the facts about abortion in the state of Ohio. 

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A variety of statistics about abortion about the safety, location, quality and more

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Sexual and reproductive health and rights in Africa and lack of access to safe abortions. 

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Catholics for Choice data on Sex, Gender, and Reproductive Health.

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"Like Americans overall, Catholics vary in their abortion views, with regular Mass attenders most opposed"

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How pro-life Catholic thinkers argue that laws have exceptions to handle miscarriages, ectopic pregnancies, and dangers to women’s lives.

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A podcast that talks about post-Roe tax complications for employers covering abortion-related interstate travel expenses.

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