Life After Roe: The Supreme Court's Decision in Dobbs and the Future of Abortion in America

Co-sponsored by the Hale Institute


  • Prof. Francis J. Beckwith, Baylor University, Author of Defending Life
  • Jenna Newmark, Dechert LLP, Litigation Counsel for Planned Parenthood
  • Megan Wold, Cooper & Kirk, Former Clerk to Justice Samuel A. Alito

Moderator: Hon. Lawrence VanDyke, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

It is difficult to overstate the impact of the Supreme Court's decision last term in Dobbs v. Jackson, which ended nearly 50 years of recognizing abortion as a federal constitutional right under Roe v. Wade. Yet while abortion has been at the center of our political debate for much of that time, many remain unclear about what Roe's legal regime recognized and what Dobbs did by removing it. And even less clear is what comes next, as lawyers, legislators, and courts begin to grapple with the law of abortion in state-by-state battles around the country--and with Idaho at the forefront. 

Join our panel discussion at the University of Idaho's Pittman Center to hear from leaders on both sides of the abortion debate about these important and thorny questions. This conversation moderated by Judge Lawrence VanDyke of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will cover what Dobbs did, what it means for the future of the law of abortion in America, and why it matters. Admission is free, but civility is required.

Pre-registration required in order to attend. 



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