PUBLISHED:September 07, 2022

Duke Law Podcast | Reproductive Rights and Big Data in a Post-Dobbs World


A new readings class tackles the aftermath of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and how it could impact an individual's right to privacy.

How could the U.S. Supreme Court's June 24 ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization which overturned Roe v. Wade and eliminated the constitutional right to abortion affect the right to privacy now that law enforcement are able to use personal tech and surveillance data to enforce state prohibitions?

On this episode of the Duke Law Podcast, Senior Lecturing Fellow Jolynn Dellinger answers this question within the framework of her new course, Readings: Privacy in Post-Dobbs World. Students in the class are examining several key issues, including:

  • the extent to which the intersection of pre-1973 law and 21st century surveillance compromises or eliminates the physical, decisional, and informational privacy of women and people who can become pregnant;
  • how surveillance is likely to characterize a post-Roe world;
  • and whether the Court's decision may affect other substantive due process rights, including those recognized in Griswold, Eisenstadt, Lawrence and Obergefell.

Our guest host is Kelly Kegolovits '23, who interned this summer at the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York and has held summer positions at the ACLU of Oklahoma and Planned Parenthood South Atlantic in Raleigh, N.C.

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