Northwestern Faculty is Available on Upcoming Supreme Court Rulings: For Journalists
Northwestern University professors from a variety of academic disciplines are available to comment on a number of highly anticipated Supreme Court decisions expected in the coming weeks, including Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the case that could lead to the dismissal of Roe versus Wade. ; West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency, which has important implications for regulating global warming emissions; and other high profile cases.
“It’s already written on the wall that this Supreme Court term is likely to be devastating for progressives, and the makeup of the justices ensures that will continue to be the case for years, if not decades,” David said. Shapiro, a clinical professor of law at Northwestern Pritzker Law School. “But the Supreme Court of the United States is not the highest authority on state law and the interpretation of state constitutions – that responsibility rests with the individual supreme courts of each state. Increasingly, civil rights lawyers are turning to state constitutional litigation in state courts — cases in which the United States Supreme Court doesn’t and can’t have much of a role.
Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization
Joanna Grisinger is an associate professor of education and director of legal studies at Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern, where she teaches undergraduate courses, including Law & Society; “Legal and Constitutional History of the United States;” “Constitutional Law;” and “Gender, sexuality and the law”. His research focuses on the modern administrative state in the legal and political history of the United States in the 20th century. She can be contacted directly at [email protected].
Professor Grisinger Quote
“To overturn Roe would mean that abortion regulation would revert to the states, resulting in a patchwork of protections and forcing many pregnant women to cross state lines to access abortion services. It would also open up many already resolved questions about the fundamental rights truly protected by the Fourteenth Amendment, including contraception, marriage, and intimate association.
Katie WatsonJD is an associate professor of medical education, medical social sciences, and obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Watson is a medical ethicist, reproductive health expert, and constitutional scholar whose research articles on abortion have appeared in JAMA, New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, and The New Yorker. The author of Scarlet A: The Ethics, Law and Politics of Ordinary AbortionWatson too just posted an article in the American Journal of Bioethics on reframing the need for abortion care as a health disparity.
Professor Watson quote
“It will get worse before it gets better. Reversing Roe is the Supreme Court telling Americans that women are not full “persons” under the Constitution. It will be devastating for all women, and worse for those living in restrictive states. However, it is also possible that a reaction of shock and outrage from people who have not yet heard that Roe could be overthrown and those who did not believe it was possible could be mobilized to create a better future.
“Anti-choice politicians could find themselves in the position of the dog that grabbed the car and now regrets it. But for that to happen, many people who were not comfortable being involved in abortion politics, or even comfortable with abortion itself, will have to stand up for freedom.
Dr Melissa Simon is Vice President of Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of the Center for Health Equity Transformation at Northwestern Feinberg. A reproductive health and public health expert, scientist with a major National Institutes of Health-funded health equity research group, Northwestern Medicine physician, mother of four, and Latina, Simon can talk about the abortion from several angles.
Dr. Simon Quote
“This is a blatant assault on women. This is a law that has been in place for decades. Safe abortion care is an essential component of safe motherhood care. Canceling this law would increase death rates already on the rise in the U.S. This potential Supreme Court decision is dangerous for women.
Dr Cassing Hammond is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern Feinberg and a physician at Northwestern Medicine. Director of the Northwestern Section and Fellowship in Complex Family Planning, Hammond’s expertise lies in contraception and abortion in medically compromised patients, first and second trimester medical and surgical abortion, sterilization, OBGYN care of women with disabilities and LGBTQ care. He can talk about the frequency and safety of abortion, the gestational age at which abortions are performed, medical abortions and telehealth. He led abortion education at Northwestern for 20 years and can touch on abortion education in general and what could happen to the education of healthcare professionals if abortion is restricted.
Dr. Hammond Quote
“If Roe is knocked down, we will be in uncharted territory. Illinois will likely experience an increase in the volume of abortions, although the magnitude of this increase remains uncertain. Most patients will be able to have procedures in the community, but some will have medical conditions that require hospital care — care that is often less accessible and prohibitively expensive for those without insurance coverage. The increase could also impact medical service lines traditionally less focused on abortion, such as emergency departments and labor wards. While community providers will bear the brunt of the push, navigating patients between community and hospital providers will present an acute and new challenge. Illinois will also receive increasing requests to train residents and fellows from states where abortion is restricted.
Elizabeth Shakman Hurd is a professor of political science and religious studies at Northwestern, where she co-directs the Global Research Group on Religion and Politics and co-organize the Legal and Religious Education Case Study Archive. She can be reached by contacting Mohamed Abdelfattah at [email protected].
Professor Hurd Quote
“The fear of women’s autonomy and attempts to control their bodies has a long history, both secular and religious, in the United States and around the world. The issue of abortion rights that is being decided right now is about women’s control over their bodies, not religion per se. There are religious Americans on all sides on this issue. The concern – some would say the obsession – with sex, gender, sexuality and women’s bodies has become deeply politicized.
“The idea that this is a ‘religious’ issue is relatively new. Some attribute it to the rise of the religious right in the 1970s and 1980s. But concern and fear about women’s autonomy and its societal and even biological consequences go back much further in American history, such as the shows Marie Griffiths in her book “Moral Combat: How Sex Divided American Christians and Fractured American Politics”. Griffiths follows these concerns up to the rise of the anti-suffrage movement in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The bottom line is that these are both secular and religious issues. The idea that it’s one or the other is a distraction.
Lauren Rivera is a professor of management and organizations at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern. She also holds a courtesy appointment as Professor of Sociology at Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. Rivera is an expert in workplace personnel practices, with a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. To arrange an interview, contact Abby Daniel at [email protected].
Professor Rivera Quote
“The quashing of Roe v. Wade will be catastrophic for the civil and human rights of women. In states that deprive women of their reproductive rights, women’s participation in the labor market will suffer a dramatic blow. Pregnancy discrimination is a real problem facing women in employment. Despite laws prohibiting pregnancy-related discrimination, research shows that employers often refuse to hire pregnant workers; many others terminate women’s employment during pregnancy or soon after childbirth.
Importantly, my research shows that these biases apply not just to pregnant women, but to all women of childbearing age who are considered potential mothers. Other researchers have called this the “maybe baby” penalty. In a world where women no longer control their reproduction, every woman of childbearing age becomes a potential mother. This is likely to increase gender discrimination in the workforce.
Ronald J. Allen is the John Henry Wigmore Professor of Law at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and an expert in constitutional law. He is also available to discuss the outcome of the Dobbs decision.
West Virginia v. United States Environmental Protection Agency
Michael Barca is a Northwestern Pritzker Professor of Practice and Co-Director of the Environmental Law Concentration. He is an expert in climate change, food security and environmental law.
david dan is Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law at Northwestern Pritzker and a specialist in environmental law, property, land use, and professional liability.
Both Professors Barsa and Dana are available to discuss this case, which has implications for the regulation of power plants that burn fossil fuels and contribute to climate change.
Vega vs Tekoh
David Chapiro is a clinical professor of law at Northwestern Pritzker and an expert on civil and constitutional rights, incarceration, policing, and the American justice system.
Professor Shapiro quote
“In Vega v. Tekoh, the Court decides whether a person can sue a law enforcement officer for failing to give Miranda a warning. Failure to mirandize a suspect may lead to the exclusion of evidence in a criminal trial, but the court may decide that this is not grounds for a civil suit. If so, it will be another step backwards in people’s ability to hold law enforcement officers accountable for misconduct in federal court.
Torres v. Texas Department of Public Safety
James Pfander is the Owen L. Coon Professor of Law at Northwestern Pritzker and an expert on federal courts and the role of the courts in ensuring government accountability. Pfander is available to comment on both Vega v. Tekoh and Torres v. Texas Department of Public Safety, which concerns whether Congress can use its war powers to repeal sovereign state immunity.