Saturday, June 25, 2022

The Overruling of Roe v. Wade and Immigrants




For the last 24 hours -- and probably for the indefinite future, the Supreme Court's overruling of Roe v. Wade dominated the news cycle.  My new UC Davis colleague, Mary Ziegler, a legal historian, has been a "go to" commentator on the decision for news outlets across the country.   Immigrant women -- especially poor ones (and here) including many immigrant women of color -- in the United States, of course, will be affected by the Court's decision. 

It will take some time to see the full impacts of the Supreme Court's decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health.  Many questions will arise about the breadth of the decision.  Will, for example, the federal government continue to provide access to abortions for immigrant women in detention?  Access to an abortion by a detained immigrant teen was the subject of litigation a few years ago.  Justice Brett Kavanaugh as a court of appeals judge was involved in that case. 

Some women may feel it necessary to cross the border to Mexico for an abortion.  Can a state bar travel outside the state to access abortions?  


Stay tuned.


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