From privacy to prohibition: US abortion policy, devolved

Four global models of abortion regulation include the model of “privacy”, of which the United States was a prime example until a recent Supreme Court decision declared that there is no constitutional right to obtain a medically safe abortion.

Moral decisions such as whether an individual is entitled to terminate a pregnancy, the court declared, should be made by elected state policymakers, not the Supreme Court.

This lecture explains why the ‘devolution’ of reproductive rights is bad national constitutional law, bad politics, and, for the millions of women unable to travel distances and out of state for medical care, bad public health. So what now?

This event will be moderated by Professor Ngaire Woods.