The Fight for the Future of Reproductive Health at the University of Arkansas

Rep. Nicole Clowney, Law Professor Jill Lens, Kathleen Paulson, M.D., and Political Science Professor Karen Sebold

Experts to Discuss Impact of Dobbs Ruling on Sept. 6 in Fayetteville

On June 24, a 6-3 Supreme Court vote voided Roe v. Wade. As fall semester begins, we’re uncertain how this further partitioning of health care will impact UA students and employees who use gynecological services available on
campus and elsewhere in the region.

As a free public service, UA-Fayetteville Education Association/Local 965 has invited specialists in law, health care and politics to discuss “The Fight for the Future of Reproductive Health at the University of Arkansas” 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022, now in the Event Center of the Fayetteville Public Library. That’s the new large auditorium. Live-streaming the program is planned, with details announced on the Local’s social media before the event.

Panelists on the impact of Dobbs v. Jackson (Mississippi) Women’s Health Organization include Jill Wieber Lens, J.D., Kathleen Paulson, M.D., and state Rep. Nicole Clowney, D-District 86. Moderating will be Karen Sebold, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science.

The knowledge and analysis from our panel will help the greater community plan and act in the near future.

Rep. Nicole Clowney, Law Professor Jill Lens, Kathleen Paulson, M.D., and Political Science Professor Karen Sebold
Rep. Nicole Clowney (from left), Law Professor Jill Lens, Kathleen Paulson, M.D., and Political Science Professor Karen Sebold

Professor Jill Wieber Lens is the Robert A. Leflar Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Research & Faculty Development at the University of Arkansas School of Law. She is an expert on reproductive rights and justice, specializing in pregnancy loss, especially stillbirth. Her work has appeared in the Vanderbilt Law Review, Washington University Law Review, Iowa Law Review, and Boston University Law Review. She has also recently published pieces about the intersections of abortion and pregnancy loss in the New York Times, Time magazine and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Dr. Kathleen Paulson is a board-certified gynecologist and fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, She earned a Doctor of Medicine at Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus then completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at University of Missouri-Columbia. She joined the Gyn Clinic of the university’s Pat Walker Health Center, in 2017, having been in private practice in the area previously. 

Nicole Clowney, J.D., is a lecturer in the World Languages program of the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. She received a bachelor of arts in Classical Studies from the University of Chicago and J.D. from Yale University.  After a few years of practicing law, she earned a master of arts in Classics from the University of Kentucky. She has served the Fayetteville area in the Arkansas House since January 2019. 

Karen Sebold is an assistant professor of Political Science in Fulbright College. She earned a doctorate in public policy and master’s in political science from the U of A, and bachelor of science from Oklahoma’s Rogers State University.


Local 965 protested Dobbs shortly after its issuance with “Resolution for Bodily Autonomy,” which concludes:

The union opposes laws and policies that restrain campus health care professionals. The union supports UA health care professionals to avoid self-restraint or self-censorship in treating and advising women, due to fear of possible legal action or employment sanctions.

The ruling, concurring and dissenting opinions, and related essays can be found in the Dobbs section of SCOTUSblog. 

Media queries should be directed to Local 965 President Bret Schulte in care of Local 965. Schulte is an associate professor of journalism in Fulbright College’s School of Journalism and Strategic Media, whose reportage has been nationally published.

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