THE DECLINE OF WOMEN’S REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS IN AMERICA: A HISTORICAL OVERVIEW AND AN EXAMINATION OF THE FUTURE OF WOMEN’S REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS
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AbstractWith this honors thesis, I want to examine why and how we are where we are today, in 2023, with abortion and women’s reproductive health laws. I want to start by examining the key cases concerning abortion and women’s reproductive rights and analyze the changes in reasoning and language. I also want to pay attention to who was on the Court during the time these cases were decided and see if there were any shifts in reasoning when justices on the Court changed. I will also contextualize these changes. I will go into depth as to which president appointed each justice and why they decided to appoint that specific justice. This thesis will tell the story of the cases on a timeline. Then there will be a deep dive into Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization. This will bring us to where we are today in 2023 with reproductive legislation. There will then be an examination of what the future looks like in regard to abortion laws and decisions and what the effect Dobbs will have on America and women’s roles within it. Some questions that will be posed, answered, and analyzed in this thesis are; How does this affect democracy and women’s role in it? How does this affect how women see America and the government? What's the future of abortion and women’s health laws? What do women need to do today to get back what we have had for decades? Or is that impossible? Have women lost that right for good?
Degree ProgramPolitical Science