Elon Law professor interviewed for Roe v. Wade coverage

Professor Tom Molony spoke with WSOC-TV in Charlotte for a May 3 report on the way access to abortion services would change in North Carolina and South Carolina should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade.

Professor Tom Molony

An Elon Law professor spoke with one of North Carolina’s largest television news stations for a May 3 report on possible changes to abortion access should current members of the Supreme Court of the United States overturn the court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade.

Tom Molony was interviewed via Zoom by WSOC government reporter Joe Bruno ’14, whose report noted that “neither North Carolina or South Carolina have ‘trigger laws’ that would immediately ban abortion, but access could change significantly.”

“It was drafted and circulated in February … and who knows exactly how the final opinion will look?” Molony told Bruno.

Molony’s article on Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts’s approach to judicial precedent, “Taking Another Look at the Call on the Field: Roe, Chief Justice Roberts, and Stare Decisis,” was published two years ago in the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy.

The article examined how Roberts might rule in future cases regarding abortion access.

A final decision by the Supreme Court is expected in June 2022 involving a current case on abortion access in Mississippi. An early draft of the court’s decision leaked to media, which spurred coverage on the possible overturning of Roe v. Wade.