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A page from the Alito draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Womens Health
Abortion is the Story
May 06, 2022
We examine the unprecedented leak of a draft opinion from the Supreme Court that outlines a legal argument for reversing a 49-year legal precedent that legalized abortion.
Pro and anti-abortion activist desplay protest signs in front of the United States Supreme Court.
A Bombshell Leak Produces Anger and Defiance May 06, 2022
We review the various political reactions to the unprecedented leak of a SCOTUS draft opinion made public on the evening of May 2, 2022, and how some religious voices and leaders are preparing to respond with national religion correspondent Emily MacFarlan Miller of the Religion News Service.

A complete copy of the draft opinion can be found here.

Sheila Katz, CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW),
Tricia Bruce Ph.D.
Beyond the Polls: How Americans Understand Abortion May 06, 2022
Historian Mary Ziegler, visiting professor at Harvard University explains why so many Americans are confused by the legal history, timeline, and rhetoric of the abortion battles taking place in the states and courts.  Then sociologist Dr. Tricia Bruce describes the findings from an expansive 2020 research study that created a safe space to explore how Americans feel about abortion.  The key findings underscore that polling reported in the media fails to capture the nuance and complicated positions most hold and that many Americans have not wrestled with questions about the issue because Americans do not talk about abortion.

As we continue the conversation Dr. Bruce explains in detail why overturning Roe may have an unintended consequence for many who until now have remained silent and not engaged in activist behaviors.  Bruce shares insights from research and offers suggestions for those working on these issues to not rely on polling data on attitudes and highlights ways some are finding common ground.  

Tricia C. Bruce, Ph.D. Sociologist and award-winning author. Affiliate of the University of Notre Dame’s Center for the Study of Religion and Society and adjunct research associate professor of sociology with the University of Texas at San Antonio.

How Americans Understand Abortion. University of Notre Dame
How Americans Understand Abortion
University of Notre Dame  

Mary Ziegler, Professor at Florida State University College of Law.

Allan Parker, President of The Justice Foundation, and lead counsel for Norma McCorvey, formerly “Roe” of Roe v. Wade, from 2000 to 2012,

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