Abortion Rights in America: The Future of Roe V. Wade and Women’s Rights

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On June 24, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision on abortion rights (in Dobbs v. Mississippi) that overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that has provided federal protections and defined a woman’s right to abortion since 1973. After decades of whittling away at Roe's protections, a majority of the court's justices have upended it, letting individual states decide their own approaches to reproductive rights. With this decision, some 22 states are expected to quickly make abortion all but illegal, while California will likely remain one of the few where full abortion rights are guaranteed. Women in other states across the country might lose access to reproductive care overnight or find services even more severely restricted. In California, women’s health-care providers and women’s rights organizations are gearing up for a massive influx of people seeking care and assistance, while some are already exploring how the state can become a sanctuary for women in search of reproductive health care. California's approach to protecting abortion rights will be one of the most watched in the country.

To mark this critical moment in the history of women’s rights and to explore the role that California could play in a post-Roe environment, The Commonwealth Club of California is joining with Women's March San Francisco for a special gathering including conversation, networking and learning

The gathering, produced in partnership with Women’s March San Francisco and with support from The California Wellness Foundation,

SPEAKERS

Sylvia Ghazarian

Executive Director, Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Project (participating via Zoom)

Gilda Gonzales

CEO, Planned Parenthood Northern California

Buffy Wicks

California State Assemblymember (District 15)

Imani Rupert-Gordon

Executive Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights—Moderator

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently hosting all of our live programming via YouTube live stream. This program was recorded via video conference on June 28th, 2022 by the Commonwealth Club of California.

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