KHN’s ‘What is Health?’: Supreme Court quashes ‘Row’


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The Supreme Court has officially overturned a nearly 50-year-old right to abortion. Two cases that established and reaffirmed the right to abortion have been removed from the strong, 6-3 vote book by three judges appointed by former President Donald Trump; Of 1973 Rowe vs. Wade And 1992’s Planned Parenthood of Southeast Pennsylvania vs. Casey.

Panelists on this special podcast include Julie Rovner of KHN, Joan Kennen of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Sarah Vernie of KHN and Laurie Sobel, Associate Director of Women’s Health at KFF. .

In the takeaway of this episode:

  • The court’s decision was quickly followed by several states announcing that the abortion ban was being implemented quickly.
  • Justice Samuel Alito’s opinion cited the results of the Mississippi Legislature during the consideration of the abortion bill. But many of the details he quotes are incorrect and not aligned with medical science.
  • Justice Clarence Thomas’s unanimous opinion suggested that the court could use the same argument in its decision to review previous court rulings regarding contraception and same-sex marriage. No other justice has upheld that view, but Thomas’ opinion could provide a road map for groups hoping to change those judgments.
  • President Joe Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland have promised to help women find abortion services if their states deny them rights. They said people would be allowed to go to other states for abortion care and they would work to ensure that the drugs used in abortion pills could still be delivered by mail.
  • This decision can have an impact beyond abortion, including access to certain types of contraceptives, in vitro fertilization, and what rights a state gives to the fetus and family.
  • Biden called on abortion rights advocates to change their state and use the power of the vote to elect a congress that would enact legislation to protect abortion. However, it is not yet clear whether the issue will wake up voters in the fall.

Read more about:

KHN’s “Supreme Court Conservatives, As Expected, End Nationwide Abortion Rights” by Julie Rovner

KHN’s “Misinformation Clouds America’s Most Popular Emergency Contraception,” by Sarah Verney

Laurie Sobel and Amruta Ramaswamy “KFF has state laws in 16 states and DCs to protect the right to abortion in the event of a row vs. wade reversal”

KFF’s “Availability and Use of Medicinal Abortions”


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