Volume 60

The Dawn After Dobbs: Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness for Women are No Longer Natural Rights

by Harshita K Ganesh

On May 2, 2022, an unknown individual working in the Supreme Court of the United States leaked Justice Alito’s draft opinion for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization to Politico. While the contents of the decision may have been as expected, the bold defiance to stare decisis was still shocking, gripping the nation for what would come as a result. Seven weeks after the leak of the draft opinion, the official opinion circulated, confirming that women no longer have the federally-protected right to terminate a pregnancy. This opinion will change the landscape not only for Fourteenth Amendment Due Process jurisprudence but will also jeopardize the future of several civil rights previously recognized by the Supreme Court that may not be explicitly stated within the Constitution.

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