Julie Veroff Discusses Women’s Health and Rights-Enabling Precedents as SCOTUS Hears Oral Arguments in Dobbs

Julie Veroff (’18), Associate at Cooley LLP, coauthored a guest column for the Daily Journal discussing the threat to reproductive rights affirmed in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, as the Supreme Court considers Mississippi’s prohibition on abortions after 15 weeks in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization (“Dobbs Could Put US Out of Step with the Global Community,” Dec. 13). “Just as overruling Roe and Casey would be an extraordinary regression legally speaking, practically speaking, such a decision would place the United States in a retrogressive position worldwide with respect to reproductive rights policy, and would make women less safe by forcing many to seek unsafe abortions. . . . Abortions still occur in the face of legal restraints — indeed, global experience consistently demonstrates that legally restricting abortion does not meaningfully reduce the total number of abortions. But the number of abortions that are unsafe multiplies in the face of legal restrictions, with catastrophic results for women’s health.”