A Lot More Than Just Abortion Is in the Crosshairs at the Supreme Court

A Lot More Than Just Abortion Is in the Crosshairs at the Supreme Court

Pro-choice demonstrators rally outside the Supreme Court on Nov. 1. On a recent episode of Amicus , Dahlia Lithwick spoke to Elizabeth Wydra, president of the Constitutional Accountability Center, about the big cases at the Supreme Court last week concerning abortion and gun rights. The Constitutional Accountability Center is dedicated to the project of using the original text, purpose, and history of the Constitution to achieve progressive outcomes. In a portion of their conversation, transcribed below, Wydra breaks down the history of the protections created in the 14 th Amendment. The text has been edited and condensed for clarity. Dahlia Lithwick: That brings us to Dobbs . And you’ve already mentioned one really essential thing that I wanted to probe—that chattel slavery and bodily autonomy, particularly in women, was very much a part of thinking about the crafting of the 14 th Amendment . And to say nobody was thinking about women and their bodies and reproductive rights and families at the time really elides what you are describing as actual text and history. One of the things the Center’s been arguing, and I think this is also getting missed in the sort of whirlwind, is the extent to which it’s not just Roe v. Wade and Casey that’s on the hook . Can you talk briefly about what else is in the crosshairs if we start to do away with the idea that what was codified in Griswold , in Roe , in Casey , in Obergefell , […]

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