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July 7, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Free – $20.00
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The end of Roe v Wade

MF Digital with Professors David Rosenbloom and Wendy Mariner

Hosted by:
John Ridley AM

July 7, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Free – $20.00

Online from Boston two outstanding experts on the implications of the Supreme Court Decision in Dobbs v Jackson.

In the media in Australia there have been wild inaccuracies about the true import of this decision (it has not ended abortion throughout USA). But nevertheless the implications of the decision setting aside settled law going back 49 years are very far reaching, and the actions of the majority Justices have attracted great controversy.

The presenters will be Professor David Rosenbloom and Professor Wendy Mariner. In Boston, it will be late at night so we are starting this event a little earlier than usual. 

Professor Rosenbloom is known to Melbourne Forum having spoken on three occasions about issues in the USA and its impacts and similarities to Australia as our ‘Boston correspondent’. Professor David Rosenbloom is currently Professor of Health Law, Policy and Management at the Boston University School of Public Health. David served as Commissioner of Health and Hospitals in Boston from 1975-1983. Since then his career has been a mix of volunteer political campaign and advisory roles, university teaching, founding or leading start up and innovative health care companies, directing nation wide community based efforts to prevent and reduce substance use disorders and associated social problems and tending his gardens.

Prof Rosenbloom has shown us rare insights into US politics and his observations about the political implications of Dobbs will be keenly anticipated. Note that Donald Trump has expressed concern that the issue of abortion might hurt the Republican Party at forthcoming elections.

Professor Mariner is a former Edward R. Utley Professor of Health Law at Boston University School of Public Health. She is a Professor in the Center for Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights at Boston University School of Public Health, Professor of Law at Boston University School of Law, Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, and Co-Director of the J.D.-M.P.H. joint degree program. Professor Mariner’s research focuses on laws governing health risks, including social and personal responsibility for risk creation, health insurance systems, implementation of the Affordable Care Act, ERISA, health information privacy, and population health policy. She has published widely particularly on the Affordable Care Act and , in a 2020 article, “ Voting Matters” as to restrictions on voting rights in certain States. 

The program will permit plenty of time for questions after the guest speakers

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