OA27: Abortion and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, Part 1

In this week’s episode, we return to the subject of abortion and pick up with a cliffhanger from way back in episode #11, where Thomas was asked how he would have handled what became the Supreme Court case of Planned Parenthood v. Casey, 505 U.S. 833 (1992).  We talk about that landmark decision, how it changed the law fom Roe v. Wade, and what its implications are on today’s efforts to protect (and curtail) abortion rights.

However, we begin with the moment you’ve all been waiting for:  the answer to Thomas Takes the Bar Exam!, Question #1.  Did Thomas get it right?  Is he on his way to an honorary law degree, or will he become the first associate in the history of the Firm to fail the bar exam?

After that, we tackle a listener question from Paul, one of our patrons, who asks about retroactivity and the potential for Trump’s appointee(s) to the Supreme Court to overturn Casey and Roe and make abortion illegal.

Then, “Breakin’ Down the Law!” returns with a discussion of exactly what it means to bring a class action lawsuit.

And all of this goodness comes to a close with an all-new Thomas Takes the Bar Exam! Question #2.  Remember that you too can play along on Twitter!

Show Notes & Links

  1. Planned Parenthood v. Casey, 505 U.S. 833 (1992).
  2. An example of how the Casey “undue burden” test is still in operation today is the recent Supreme Court decision striking down Texas statutes imposing strict requirements on abortion providers in the state.

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