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"Will the Supreme Court overturn abortion rights? What the end of Roe v. Wade means" - Christian Lammert on the podcast "America´s Choice"

News from Jun 23, 2022

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With: Julia Friedlander und Stormy-Annika Mildner. Guests: Sofia Dreisbach, FAZ, und Christian Lammert, FU Berlin

In just a few days, the Supreme Court could overturn one of the most important landmark decisions in the history of the Supreme Court. The right of women to terminate a pregnancy and thus to bodily self-determination, enshrined in Roe v. Wade in 1973, is acutely at stake. This is suggested by a draft ruling by Justice Samuel Alito leaked to Politico magazine. Should the court follow this ruling and its reasoning, the health consequences for American women would be far-reaching. But even beyond Roe v. Wade, this precedent could have long-term domestic political consequences for the United States. For the Supreme Court is in fact already preparing other serious rulings on fundamental social issues that will encounter a climate that has long been polarized, and not just in the case of abortion.

How do the conservative Supreme Justices justify wanting to overturn the landmark ruling on the nationwide right to an abortion now after nearly 50 years? What will be the specific impact of the expected ruling on affected women? How differently will individual states react to the Supreme Court's expected ruling? Will the precedent on abortion cause other sociopolitical gains - such as same-sex marriage - to falter? Could the end of the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling be a game changer for the outcome of the Midterm Elections in November? Podcast hosts Julia Friedlander, Atlantik-Brücke, and Stormy-Annika Mildner, Aspen Institute Germany, discuss these questions with Sofia Dreisbach, North American correspondent for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in Washington, D.C., and Prof. Dr. Christian Lammert, Institute Council chair and co-director of the Department of Politics at the John F. Kennedy Institute at Freie Universität Berlin.


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