Paul L. Caron

Saturday, July 2, 2022

More On The Impact Of Dobbs On Law Schools

Following up on my previous posts (links below):, 'This Is a Life Decision': Will Abortion Bans Affect Law School Applications?:

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has prospective law school students questioning whether applications might decrease at schools located in states with abortion bans.

Over the weekend, Reddit user Successful_End7981 posed the question: “Do you think law schools applications to southern law schools will drop due to the recent decision regarding Roe v. Wade?

Many who replied said they now plan to avoid law schools in states where abortion is illegal or soon to be banned., Reflections on the US Supreme Court's Ruling Overturning 'Roe v. Wade':

This week, we’re exploring legal academia’s reaction to Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court opinion overturning two landmark precedents protecting abortion as a constitutional right. ...

When I began teaching college English in the mid-1990s, I quickly learned that out of all the topics we would debate, abortion was by far the most controversial and inflammatory. As a result, I banned it as a topic to be debated openly in class.

So here I sit writing my column about abortion, which is an even more controversial and inflammatory topic after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last week. In this column, I am choosing to reveal what still remains to be one of the most difficult choices I have ever faced in my life.

I had an abortion on Dec. 30, 1998.

I was 36 years old, married and employed. It was an unplanned pregnancy. I was never sure I wanted children, so I didn’t have strong feelings either way when I learned that I was pregnant. In fact, since I made it to 36 without ever getting pregnant, I believed I was infertile.

The main thing that impacted that “decision”—which haunts me to this day—is that I never felt it was MY decision. My (then) husband pressured me into getting an abortion.

The most excruciating part of the process was how the clinic treated me: I signed all the consent forms while crying and no one stopped to check in to ask me if I was really OK with “my” decision to abort my fetus.

The abortion—and in retrospect more likely the marriage itself—was extremely traumatizing. As a result, for the past 23-and-a-half years, I have wrestled with whether I am “pro-choice” or “pro-life,” as I have been influenced by many factors, including my own experience and religious doctrine.

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