Dobbs, Gender Animus, and the Impact on Abortion Providers

Lori Brown, Alesha E. Doan, Shoshanna Ehrlich

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In this article we engage in a critical legal analysis of the Supreme Court’s decision in (Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization). We argue that by refusing to connect opposition to abortion with “invidiously discriminatory animus against women” (2246), the Court successfully insulated itself from having to consider the devastating impact overturning Roe v. Wade (Roe) and Planned Parenthood v. Casey (Casey) would have on women’s lives with a disparate impact on structurally marginalized communities. Through an examination of the opinion of the dissenting Justices, we highlight the operationalization of gender animus as the “curtailment of women’s rights, and of their status as free and equal citizens” (2318). Against this legal backdrop, we draw upon 22 semi-structured interviews to examine gender animus through the lived experiences of clinicians practicing in both abortion prohibitive and abortion protective states. Participants discuss how gender animus has manifested through their sense of professional and legal precarity and the impact of abortion restrictions and bans on their patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-44
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Women, Politics and Policy
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2024


  • Abortion
  • Casey
  • Dobbs
  • Roe
  • abortion providers
  • gender animus
  • supreme court

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science


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