Video now available: NAPW Webinar with Lynn M. Paltrow and Dorothy E. Roberts: "Overturning Roe: More than Abortion is at Stake"

July 19, 2018

On July 18, NAPW hosted a one-hour webinar with two leading legal advocates and scholars addressing the wide implications if the Supreme Court overturns Roe and where we might go from here.

Roe v. Wade protects more than abortion. If fertilized eggs and fetuses are recognized as separate people, women lose the right to terminate pregnancy, but also will be open to criminal prosecution, child abuse allegations, and other harsh interventions when they remain pregnant and go to term.

Since 1973 when Roe was decided, more than 1200 women across the U.S. have been charged with crimes or taken into government custody for experiencing miscarriage or stillbirth, attempting abortion outside a medical setting, delaying cesarean surgery, having home births, and for being pregnant and engaging in a wide range of actions that are not otherwise criminalized. Roe has been the defense to many of these charges. If the Supreme Court overturns Roe, there will surely be more prosecutions. The anti-abortion movement promises that they do not want women arrested or jailed, but this isn't true. It's already happening.

Yes, the sky is falling, but we have an opportunity to define and demand everything people need to achieve maternal and reproductive justice.

Thank you to everyone who was able to tune in live. You can access the video of this webinar here.