CFP: Special Issue of The New Bioethics - The End of Roe v. Wade

Submission deadline: January 15, 2023

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Special issue of The New Bioethics

The End of Roe v. Wade: Implications and Future Directions

The Supreme Court of the United States has recently overturned Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey. As a result, regulation of abortion returns to the states after almost 50 years. The implications of this are likely to be significant, both within the United States and elsewhere. This special issue will explore the impact of the decision – what it means for women, prenatal human beings, the medical community, “pro-choice” and “pro-life” movements, and so on.

Potential topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Assessments of the arguments presented by the Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. 

  • Questions about justice, equity, and the (potential or actual) effects of the Dobbs decision on specific populations.

  • Discussions and assessments of state laws that have been triggered, enacted, or proposed following the Dobbs decision.

  • Effects (potential or actual) of the Dobbs decision on abortion law outside of the United States.

  • Questions regarding the role of academics (philosophers, etc.) in a post-Roe world.

  • Ethical and professional issues that may arise (or have arisen) for medical providers, including clinical ethicists, when navigating the post-Roe landscape. 

  • The impact of Dobbs on the legal status of embryos and fetuses (and general questions about the legal status of embryos and fetuses under US law).

  • Implications and ethical questions for employers, which may center around (alleged) obligations to provide maternity/paternity leave, childcare, funds for the purpose of obtaining abortions out of state, and so forth.

  • Potential implications of the Dobbs decision for other procedures, services, and endeavors including assisted reproductive technology, IVF, embryo research, etc.

  • Common goals that opponents of abortion access and proponents of abortion access might pursue together. This may include a discussion of any moral obligations that each “side” in the abortion debate has as well.

  • Philosophical and ethical questions regarding alternatives to abortion (e.g., adoption) and alternative services (e.g., services provided by pregnancy centers that preclude abortion).

Submission Deadline: January 15, 2023

Issue Editors: 

The issue editors welcome early discussions of brief proposals and/or abstracts by email.

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#Abortion law, #Roe v. Wade, #Planned Parenthood v. Casey, #Dobbs v. Jackson, #Abortion, #Assisted reproductive technology, #justice