Moving Forward from Dobbs (808V)

This policy lab will build on the work of the Fall 2022 policy lab that researched three specific issues related to the Dobbs decision: medical abortion, restrictions on travel, and issues related to the collection and dissemination of information between and among providers and patients. The goal of the Spring 2023 policy lab is to develop a strategy for getting the information developed in the Fall 2022 policy lab to the field. In particular, students in the policy lab will identify how service providers and funders effectively receive information (offline through community-driven programs or online through websites and working with Google search and other engines) and specifically how they are obtaining information related to state abortion laws.

The students will identify and speak with relevant legal and policy organizations to determine how they share legal information with funders and service providers. This “market research” will help inform (1) who our client should be and (2) what kind of materials (offline v. online) we should develop (what forms work best, how should the information be presented and executed?) In the last few weeks of the quarter, the students will propose and develop initial drafts of those materials. Given that the terrain is rapidly changing, students will likely update the legal information collected by the Fall 2022 policy lab to ensure it remains accurate. Elements used in grading: Attendance, Class Participation, Written Assignments, Final Paper.

The class will meet on Thursdays from 12-2 pm during the spring quarter. Interested students should complete the policy lab application available on the SLS Registrar website at and send the following to Debbie Mukamal ( by March 27, 2023 at 5 pm: resume, transcript, one-page statement of interest and relevant experience.

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