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Distinguished Professor of Law, Martha Davis joins the fight to preserve access to abortion.

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UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 23: The U.S. Supreme Court building reflects in a rain puddle in Washington on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. (Photo by Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

Martha Davis (University Distinguished Professor of Law & Affiliated Faculty of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies) led a team of international and comparative legal academics to file a brief that demands the Supreme Court to uphold Roe v. Wade, as right-wing and conservative powers, continue to upend the 1973 ruling. This brief asks the Supreme Court to eradicate the Mississippi legislation of banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, arguing that a pregnant person’s access to abortion under Roe v. Wade is similar to the laws of other liberal democracies around the world.

“The court is very conservative right now, and there’s not a lot of hope that Roe is going to last … There are other ways to protect rights through the legislature, through constitutional amendment, or through the Equal Rights Amendment, potentially.” 

Professor Martha F. Davis

To read more about this brief, and how other Northeastern scholars are involved in this fight, click here.

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