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SPECIAL EDITION: Virtual Face to Face with President Bruce Jarrell

May 5 | 11 a.m.

Supreme Court Leak: Abortion Fight Takes Center Stage in Washington

In this special edition of Virtual Face to Face, faculty from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law join President Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS, to discuss the possible overturning of the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that recognized a woman's constitutional right to abortion without undue government interference.

Earlier this week, a draft of a Supreme Court ruling in a Mississippi case was leaked indicating the court will likely overturn Roe v. Wade, as well as a significant reaffirmation of that ruling, the 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision.

Although Chief Justice John Roberts has confirmed that the leaked draft is genuine, the draft is not final and may be modified upon further review by the justices. A final ruling is expected in late June or early July.

If Roe v. Wade is overturned, the laws of individual states would determine if, how, and when a pregnancy could be legally terminated. About half of the states will or are expected to outlaw or severely restrict abortion rights if Roe is overturned. Sixteen states, including Maryland, already have laws that permit abortion in most circumstances.


  • Leslie Meltzer Henry, PhD, JD, MSc, professor, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
  • Mark A. Graber, PhD, JD, MA, Jacob A. France Professor of Constitutionalism, Maryland Carey Law
  • Robert Percival, JD, MA, Robert F. Stanton Professor of Law, Maryland Carey Law

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