Capitol Weekly Podcast

BIG Week at SCOTUS - with Courtney Joslin

Episode Summary

Last week's Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v Wade and allowing states to set their own abortion rules is nothing short of an earthquake in American life. We invited UC Davis Constitutional Law Professor Courtney Joslin to talk about the Dobbs decision itself, the implications of the decision and Justice Thomas' comments that other rights grounded in concepts of Privacy, including Gay Marriage, may also need to be reconsidered. Joslin is an expert in the areas of family and relationship recognition, with a particular focus on same-sex and unmarried couples. She helped draft the Uniform Parentage Act - a statutory scheme for determining children’s legal parentage, and in some cases, allowing children to have three parents. We also discussed other decisions this term, and as usual, we tell you Who Had the Worst Week in California Politics.

Episode Notes


1:04 The Dobbs Decision

3:38 "Settled Law"

7:28 Is it time to expand the Supreme Court, add term limits, etc?...

10:55 The Uniform Parentage Act: what is it?

16:25 Other decisions: West Virginia v EPA 

22:30 So....  SCOTUS Justices do not have to recuse themselves?

23:39 What can we infer about the future of Gay Marriage, etc,... from Dobbs?

26:25 #WWCA

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