Event Type

AHA Online, History Behind the Headlines, Webinar/Virtual Event

AHA Topics

Graduate Education, K–12 Education, Teaching & Learning, Undergraduate Education

Event Description

“Abortion, Choice, and the Supreme Court: History Behind the Headlines,” brought together four leading scholars to place Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization in historical context. How did we get here from Roe v. Wade (1973)? Why is history central to this jurisprudence and its implications? This session might be particularly useful for teachers and their students at college and high school levels.

Read about the event in Perspectives on History.


  • Moderator: Leslie J. Reagan (professor, Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)
  • Nancy F. Cott (Jonathan Trumbull Research Professor of American History, Harvard Univ.)
  • Melissa Murray (Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law and faculty director, Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network, New York Univ. School of Law)
  • Aaron Tang (professor of law, Univ. of California, Davis School of Law)