Specialists Discuss Local Impact of Dobbs Ruling that Ended Roe

Jill Lens, Nicole Clowney, Kathleen Paulson consider a question posed by Karen Sebold in the discussion "The Fight for the Future of Reproductive Health at the University of Arkansas."

Almost 200 people attended the Sept. 6, 2022, panel discussion on “The Fight for the Future of Reproductive Health at the University of Arkansas,” either in person at the Fayetteville Public Library or streamed virtually on YouTube Live.

UA-Fayetteville Education Association / Local 965, a chapter of the Arkansas Education Association and National Education Association, hosted the 90-minute program.

Local 965 hosts University of Arkansas specialists discussing the local impact of the Dobbs Supreme Court ruling that ended Roe at the Fayetteville Public Library on Sept. 6, 2022.

“I was riveted by what everyone had to say — the politics, the medicine, the legal aspects — going far deeper than I knew,” said Local 965 President Bret Schulte. “The conversation was raw and sophisticated, and it created a safe space for audience members to share their fears and to ask important questions that the UA has ignored.

“I’m overwhelmed with gratitude to everyone who participated and organized, and I am proud of what we accomplished.”

Local 965 began organizing the program within one day of the 6-3 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, handed down June 24, 2022. Its news release details panelist biographies with highlights of the union’s resolution.

Panelists included state Rep. Nicole Clowney, D-District 86, UA Law Professor Jill Wieber Lens, J.D., and Kathleen Paulson, M.D. Moderator was UA Political Science Professor Karen Sebold, Ph.D. UA History Professor Michael C. Pierce, vice president of Local 965, welcomed the panel.

We are pleased to present this video of the program for all who couldn’t have been there Tuesday. The library’s skilled tech staff produced the multicamera recording. About 70 people attended the program in the library’s new main auditorium, the Event Center. More than 100 viewed the stream on YouTube Live or watched later Tuesday night when it transitioned into a recorded video.