Women v. Connecticut: The Legal Struggle for Abortion Access from Abele to Dobbs

In 1971, over 800 women, including women at Wesleyan, sued the State’s Attorney in New Haven challenging the state’s ban on abortion. They won the case, known as Women v. Connecticut, and the framework for abortion access laid out in the decision (Abele v. Markle) was influential for the Supreme Court’s majority opinion in Roe v. Wade (1973). The roundtable will be revisiting the case and the social movements that made it possible, as well as discussing how groups in Connecticut are reacting to the Dobbs decision (2022) that overturned Roe v. Wade.