UIC faculty experts weigh in on Roe v. Wade decision

On Friday, June 24, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, triggering laws in multiple states that will make abortion illegal in most circumstances. In Illinois, abortion care remains legal. Researchers and faculty at UIC have been sharing their views on the impacts of the decision.  

Supreme Court protest abortion. Photo by Ian Hutchinson on Unsplash

News coverage 

On draft opinion: Crain’s Chicago Business 
Illinois hospitals brace for a flood of out-of-state doctors seeking abortion training 

On draft opinion: NBC5 
Online Searches for ‘Abortion Pills’ Spike Following Supreme Court Draft Leak 

On draft opinion: WBEZ 
The Rundown: A big problem in Illinois if Roe is overturned  

On draft opinion: WBEZ 
Leaked document shows Supreme Court preparing to overturn abortion rights 

Agence France-Presse (AFP) 
US Supreme Court ‘lurches’ to the right 

The conversation 

A major problem for minors: post-Roe access to abortion 

Boston Globe 
Law professor: ‘There’s not one law that you can think of that controls a man’s body’ 

The Christian Science Monitor 
How overturning Roe will reverberate through America 

Chicago Tribune 
Illinois activists and legal scholars say Supreme Court abortion decision means LGBT rights and contraception could be in danger 

The Voice 
Abortion rights advocates say they need more men’s voices  

For the media 

UIC faculty experts are available to discuss reproductive health and rights. To arrange an interview contact UIC media relations.  

Steven Schwinn

Steven Schwinn, professor of law, is a frequent commenter on issues related to constitutional law and human rights. He is a co-founder and co-editor of the Constitutional Law Prof Blog.


Julie Maslowsky

Julie Maslowsky, associate professor of community health sciences at the UIC School of Public Health, is a developmental psychologist and population health scientist who studies the development of adolescent health and health behaviors, with a focus on sexual and reproductive health. She is also the director of the Coalition for Adolescent Reproductive Equity.






Natalie D. A. Bennett is the director of the Women's Leadership and Resource Center.

Natalie D. A. Bennett

Natalie D. A. Bennett, director of the Women’s Leadership and Resource Center, released a statement about the U.S. Supreme Court decision on behalf of the Center. She is a scholar-activist whose research, teaching and activism centers the lives of Black women and girls. Her interests are transnational in scope, located at the intersection of Black feminisms, gender/class/sexuality and social policy in Jamaica, and migrations in the African diaspora.






Elena Gutiérrez, associate professor in gender and women's stud

Elena Gutiérrez

Elena Gutiérrez, associate professor in gender and women’s studies and Latin American and Latino studies, is a scholar of Latina/o reproductive and sexual health politics, feminism and social activism and Chicana/o Studies. She can discuss the Supreme Court decision as it pertains to women’s health and reproductive justice.





Additional UIC experts available for interviews include: 

Dr. Erica Hinz, assistant professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at the College of Medicine, and director of the complex family planning fellowship at UIC. 

Dr. Jonah Fleisher, assistant professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at the College of Medicine and director of the Center for Reproductive Health at UI Health.  

Stacie Gellar, professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of the Center for Research on Women and Gender. 

Arden Handler, professor of community health sciences and director of the Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health at the UIC School of Public Health.  

Dr. Tamika Alexander, assistant professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology and director of the residency program in obstetrics and gynecology 

Teri McMurtry-Chubb, professor of law and associate dean for research and faculty development, researches, teaches and writes in the areas of critical rhetoric, discourse and genre analysis, and legal history. 

Jennifer Brier, director and professor of gender and women’s studies and professor of history, has research and teaching interests largely focused on exploring the historical intersections of gender, race and sexuality. 

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