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What does the Dobbs Decision mean for medical professionals?

September 1 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm MDT

In June 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization held that the U.S. Constitution does not provide a right to an abortion, which overturned both Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. While the full impact of this decision is still being felt, the immediate impact is that state legislatures are now taking the lead in determining when someone may seek an abortion. This has led to confusion in terms of what health care providers may and may not do in terms of treating people who are pregnant. Members of the panel will begin by explaining the Dobbs decision and its impact on the law, and review the current state of Utah law. The panel will then explore challenges that this change in the law raises for medical professionals as they balance providing evidence-based care, honoring women’s health care choices, and basing health care decisions on sound clinical judgment with adherence to the law; and wrestle with navigating interstate travel for abortion, determining at what point a pregnant woman’s life is in jeopardy, and assessing whether a fetal defect is fatal.

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Leslie Francis, J.D., PhD, Alfred C. Emery Endowed Professor, S.J. Quinney College Of Law

Misha Pangasa, M.D., University of Utah School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Division of Family Planning

Jessica Sanders, PhD, M.S.P.H, Assistant Professor, University of Utah School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Division of Family Planning

Sara Simonsen, CNM, PSPH, PhD, Annette Poulson Cumming Presidential Endowed Chair in Women’s and Reproductive Health and Associate Professor within the College of Nursing


Marla J. De Jong, PhD, RN, CCNS, FAAN
Dean, Louis H. Peery Presidential Endowed Chair, and Professor

Elizabeth Kronk Warner, J.D.
Dean, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law

S.J. Quinney College of Law

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