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Leaked SCOTUS opinion has big implications for abortion access in Iowa and across the nation

River to River, hosted by Ben Kieffer

Legal experts weigh in on what a recent leaked document means for the future of abortion access in the United States.

This week, Politico released a draft majority opinion written by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito that, if true, shows a majority of the highest court in the land is prepared to strike down Roe v. Wade. Such a decision would effectively end the United States' constitutional right to an abortion.

On this episode of River to River, host Ben Kieffer speaks with two legal experts about what they make of this leak, what it might say about the future of abortion and how such a decision would impact Iowans.


  • Todd Pettys, professor of law at the University of Iowa College of Law, where he holds the H. Blair and Joan V. White Chair in Civil Litigation
  • Sally Frank, professor of law at Drake University College of Law
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Zachary Oren Smith is a reporter covering Eastern Iowa