The Impact of the Supreme Court’s Dobbs Decision on Abortion Rights and Access Across the United States

Meeting Status: 
Meeting Notes: 
The hearing will convene in room 2154 of the Rayburn House Office Building and over Zoom, which has been approved by the House. ** The time of this hearing has changed from 9:30am to 10:00am.
Wednesday, July 13, 2022 - 10:00am
2154 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
“The Impact of the Supreme Court’s Dobbs Decision on Abortion Rights and Access Across the United States”

Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney's Opening Statement [PDF]

On Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. ET, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, will hold a hearing to examine the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, focusing on states where access to abortion has already been restricted or is under threat.


On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court ruled in Dobbs that the Constitution does not confer the right to abortion, overturning two landmark Supreme Court decisions and nearly a half-century of legal precedent.  Following the Dobbs decision, many laws severely restricting or banning abortion have taken effect—or will soon take effect.  At least 13 states had “trigger bans” in place—which made abortion illegal immediately upon Roe’s reversal or shortly thereafter.  Several other states have implemented extensive restrictions on abortion, meaning that in the coming weeks abortion may be banned or effectively banned in up to 26 states.  Some states have gone so far as to pass laws to prosecute their own residents who attempt to travel across state lines for abortion care.


This hearing will examine the devastating consequences these abortion restrictions are already having on patients and providers in these states.  The hearing will also discuss how pushing abortion care out of reach perpetuates cycles of adverse health and economic outcomes.  This is particularly true for people of color—who experience systemic discrimination in health care delivery—as well as LGBTQI+ individuals, people with lower incomes, and people in rural communities.


The hearing will also examine the actions Democrats are taking to protect and expand the right to abortion and fight back against Republicans’ ultimate goal of a national abortion ban.


The Honorable Mallory McMorrow
Michigan State Senator


The Honorable Renitta Shannon

Member, Georgia State House of Representatives


Fatima Goss Graves

President and CEO

National Women’s Law Center


Michele Bratcher Goodwin

Chancellor’s Professor of Law

University of California, Irvine


Sarah Lopez

Abortion Storyteller, We Testify

Youth Program Manager, Jane’s Due Process


Erin Morrow Hawley (Minority Witness)

Senior Counsel

Alliance Defending Freedom


117th Congress