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University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Professor of Social Work Gretchen Ely and Professor of Law Wendy Bach have written recently on a variety of topics related to women’s reproductive health for The Conversation.

Ely has led research that reviewed thousands of case records of patients who requested assistance from abortion funds to help pay for a procedure that they could not afford. Read the full article on The Conversation.

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationally, the nation may find itself on a path similar to that of Ireland from 1983 to 2018. Ely explains that in the early 1980s, some anti-abortion Catholic activists noticed the liberalization of abortion laws in other Western democracies and worried the same might happen in Ireland. Read the full article on The Conversation.


Bach, a professor of law at UT, studies poverty policy in the U.S. and recently wrote on her belief that the Dobbs ruling not only allows state legislatures to limit women’s ability to get an abortion but also invites state legislatures to pass more laws that control pregnant women’s behavior. Read the full article on The Conversation.

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