UCLA scholars, policymakers consider post–Roe v. Wade landscape

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In the wake of Friday’s Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that provided a constitutional protection for abortions, scholars from UCLA, policymakers and reproductive health practitioners discussed what the future may hold.

During an online panel convened by the UCLA School of Law’s Center on Reproductive Health, Law and Policy just hours after the decision was announced, participants agreed that the worst was yet to come in terms of reproductive rights but also trumpeted the role California and Los Angeles could play in ensuring that abortions remained accessible to all Americans.

The immediate impact of the court’s decision would be felt across the country, the panelists said, pointing out that 26 states have already limited or ended abortion access or are prepared do so in the coming days and months.

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