Do women need abortion to succeed? Women legal scholars say no

Women need abortion to succeed, according to a recent U.S. Supreme Court brief filed by more than 500 female athletes. But not all women agree. In another brief for the same case, hundreds of professional women present a different argument: Abortion harms women.

Law professors Teresa Collett and Helen Alvaré and legal scholar Erika Bachiochi filed an amicus brief representing 240 women scholars and professionals and various pro-life organizations in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which the Supreme Court will hear on Dec. 1. The case challenges Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that legalized abortion nationwide, and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which upheld Roe in 1992.

In their brief, these women point to evidence that counters the narrative that women need abortion to succeed and acheive equality with men. More specifically, the brief takes issue with Casey’s argument that the “ability of women to participate equally in the economic and social life of the Nation has been facilitated by their ability to control their reproductive lives.”

This belief is widespread today. In the athletes’ brief, three-time Olympic swimming medalist Crissy Perham shares her story about undergoing an abortion prior to an important race early in her college career.

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