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Given the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today to overturn the federal constitutional protections of abortion rights embodied in the Roe vs. Wade decision, many across the Stony Brook community are experiencing a range of emotions.
We recognize that our diverse university community likely will have varying and passionately held opinions about the decision and its implications. Moreover, the ruling by the court arrives during an already stressful time when we find ourselves grappling with many issues across the globe – the ongoing COVID pandemic, racially motivated violence, gun violence, and war in Ukraine, to mention a few. The Supreme Court decision has the potential to contribute to increased tensions.
Today, the United States Supreme Court handed down its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, overturning Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision which established a constitutional right to abortion in the United States and returned the power to enact abortion legislation to the states.
In New York State, the Legislature codified the right to an abortion in 2019, and earlier this year it passed further laws to protect practitioners and facilities in the state. That right continues unaffected by the decision in Dobbs.