February 21, 2019
What the U.S. Might Look Like Without Roe v. Wade
Roe v. Wade has sparked judicial criticism, political turmoil, and scholarly discussions since its inception in 1973. Holding that a woman has a constitutional right to abortion before fetal viability, the Supreme Court of the United State created a trimester framework approach in Roe to balance the competing interests of women and the state. However, courts and many members of the public have expressed concern that Roe is unconstitutional, or unstable law. And, following the conservative confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the court on October 6, 2018, the U.S. may face a world without Roe, or an America without a legal guarantee to an abortion in all 50 states.
Helen Alvare, Professor of Law at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School
Barry McDonald, Professor of Law at Pepperdine University School of Law
Clark Forsythe, Senior Counsel at Americans United for Life
Randy Beck, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Georgia School of Law
Lauren Kuhlik, American Civil Liberty Union (ACLU)