Roe v Wade’s 50th Anniversary: New Legal Frontiers for Safeguarding Reproductive Freedoms

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At the 50th anniversary of Roe v Wade, the nation is seeking new legal frontiers to safeguard reproductive freedoms. In Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the Supreme Court overturned the landmark ruling, thus eliminating a national right to abortion before viability. Key federal strategies to address this ruling include expanding access to medication abortions and emergency abortion services. Federal conscience protections for health workers balance nondiscriminatory access to abortion services. Ballot initiatives and courts are seeking to protect reproductive rights under state constitutions. At stake is whether pregnant people can access essential services, with significant consequences for autonomy, dignity, health, and emotional well-being.

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JAMA (Online First), January 30, 2023, at E1-E2.