Submission Date

4-26-2017

Document Type

Paper

Department

Politics

Second Department

Gender & Women’s Studies

Adviser

Rebecca Evans

Second Adviser

Abigail Kluchin

Committee Member

Gerard Fitzpatrick

Committee Member

Rebecca Evans

Committee Member

Abigail Kluchin

Department Chair

Jonathan Marks

Department Chair

Rebecca Evans

Project Description

When defining women’s rights to reproductive decisions in Roe v. Wade, Justice Blackmun fails to ensure protection for women by defining this right in the privacy doctrine. Justice Blackmun’s opinion allows the government to interpret and apply the doctrine to deny women access and availability to reproductive health. This can be shown by the subsequent Supreme Court decisions on privacy that allow the government to overrule the right of the individual woman. This allows for the government to effectively deny women the right to abortion and ultimately prevents women from making independent autonomous decisions. The laws and regulations against women infringe on their ability to participate equally in society, limiting their rights as citizens.