Regarding the Recent Supreme Court Decision
June 24, 2022
Dear Members of the Brandeis Community,
The ruling issued by the Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization is deeply concerning to many. As the nation grapples with what this decision will mean for reproductive health care, know that the university is mindful of all who are affected by the Court’s decision.
While the application of this ruling may vary widely in practice throughout the United States, we write to affirm that a number of sexual and reproductive health-related services remain available to students through the Student Health Center. The center also maintains a list of specialty providers in the Waltham and Greater Boston areas and is available to offer detailed information about them. Director of the Brandeis Student Health Center, Dr. Colleen Collins, will be sending a message directly to students with more information. Further, emotional support resources are available to anyone in our community in need of them; visit the Support at Brandeis website to learn more about the specific services available. The Gender and Sexuality Center is also a place to find support and dialogue.
Our faculty are also offering a number of courses in the fall that explore the personal, political, legal, and cultural aspects of reproductive and privacy policies. More information will be shared with students in the days and weeks ahead.
We know that there are many who will want to participate in political advocacy in response to the Court’s decision. Promoting free speech and free expression of ideas is one of our cherished values, and we encourage each member of our community to speak out and engage in the political process in accordance with their beliefs.
Ron Liebowitz, President
Carol Fierke, Provost
Stewart Uretsky, Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration
Raymond Ou, Vice President for Student Affairs