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What overturning Roe v. Wade might mean for reproductive rights

May 4, 2022


On May 2, 2022, a Supreme Court draft opinion on abortion became public that suggests the court is set to overturn the historic Roe v. Wade decision that protects rights to abortion. The final decision is expected to be handed down by this summer. Marcia Coyle, chief Washington correspondent for the National Law Journal, and Mary Ziegler, a Florida State University law professor and author of “Abortion and the Law in America,” join Judy Woodruff to discuss.

Five Facts

  • Who is interviewed in this segment, and what are their backgrounds?
  • What right has the decision in Roe v. Wade ensured since 1973?
  • Where will the right to access abortions likely be rolled back if Roe v. Wade is overturned, according to this piece?
  • Why will some states outlaw most access to abortion immediately and others not until new legislation is passed if Roe is overturned?
  • How might abortion become a federal issue instead of one decided by states alone if Roe is overturned?

Focus Questions

Do you think laws governing abortion should be decided at the federal level, the state level or by no government body at all? Why do you think so?

Media literacy: Why do you think the producers chose these two particular guests for this segment?

For More

For more background on the leaked daft opinion, watch this story:

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