Yale hosts roundtables on implications of Dobbs decision

Yale School of Medicine and Yale Law School are hosting a series of roundtables to dig deeper into the implications of the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organizationthe case that canceled Roe vs. Wade and ruled that the United States Constitution does not confer the right to abortion.

“Creating opportunities for our community to learn about the large-scale effects of the Dobbs decision on patients, providers, and trainees from a range of experts and perspectives is critical,” said said Nancy J. Brown, MD, Jean and David W. Wallace Dean of Medicine.

On June 22, the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy at Yale Law School hosted Abortion in the Supreme Court: What to expect when Dobbs is decided. This was followed by Understanding Dobbs: The Post-Roe Landscape June 27. Moderated by Katherine Kraschel, executive director of the Solomon Center, panelists included Linda Greenhouse, clinical lecturer in law and senior scholar at Yale Law School; Reva Siegel, Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law; and Priscilla Smith, clinical law lecturer and director of the Reproductive Justice Study at Yale Law School. The event drew 690 attendees on Zoom.

“The impact of the Dobbs decision has profound implications for the law, public health and, of course, the practice of medicine, especially for clinicians who train and provide abortion care and we need to talk to each other “, said Kraschel. . “Interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and collaboration are essential to addressing the post-Roe landscape, and a touchstone of the Solomon Center’s work is bringing the community together across the university.”

Future roundtables will take place in the coming weeks and will focus on topics related to the decision, including implications for maternal and fetal health; potential ramifications for health care providers and trainees; bioethical considerations of decision; and historical perspectives on access to maternal health care, abortion and contraception. Panelists will include experts from the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences; Yale School of Medicine Biomedical Ethics Program; Yale Divinity School; and the Department of History of Medicine.

Submitted by Jill Max on June 28, 2022