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Vote Save America x Sister District State Power Series: After Roe


This panel is planned for the week we expect the Dobbs decision to be published. After Dobbs, abortion access will likely fully fall within the purview of states. Abortion access has never been universally guaranteed, and this development, as with prior restrictions, will disproportionately impact low income people, Black, Latino and Indigenous people, young and LGBTQ+ folks and people in rural areas. After decades of failed policies rooted in systemic racism and oppression, these folks will disproportionately lack the resources necessary to cross the expanding abortion desert to seek care. On the other hand, states including CO, CA, CT, and VA have expanded and enshrined the right to abortion services into state law. This panel will explore the conservative jurisprudential goal of narrowing federal protections and reverting civil and human rights issues back to states, and consider whether the end of Roe v. Wade is an example of how we may be experiencing the death of the ‘rights revolution.’ The panel will explore these trends and discuss what can be done to bring the civil and reproductive rights (and justice) revolution to our states.

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Panelists: Erin Ryan, host of Crooked Media’s Hysteria podcast, Imani Gandy, Senior Editor of Law and Policy for Rewire News Group, and Leah Litman, Professor of Law at University of Michigan and host of Crooked Media’s Strict Scrutiny podcast.


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