VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota School of Law will observe Constitution Day with a lecture Thursday about the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned a Texas abortion law.
The free event is open to the public, starts at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 15 in the law school courtroom. Hannah Haksgaard, assistant professor of law, will present the lecture, entitled “Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt: The Supreme Court, Rural Women, and Developments in the Undue Burden Analysis.”
It will address the history and application of the legal test that applied to regulations that were challenged in recent cases, leading up to the decision in Hellerstedt. In that case, the Supreme Court ruled 5-3 that Texas cannot require doctors who perform abortions to have privileges at a nearby hospital and abortion clinics to have surgical facilities on site. Haksgaard will consider how the decision impacts questions of access for rural women, as well as the strategic choices that legal advocates on both sides of the debate may adopt in light of the Supreme Court ruling.
Federal law designates Sept. 17 as Constitution Day to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution.