New Episode of Ms.’s On The Issues With Michele Goodwin Podcast — 2022 Supreme Court Review: How the Court Dismantled Democracy


On the Issues with Michele Goodwin is a popular, issues and policy-focused podcast featuring feminist analysis, insightful conversations and exciting guests. This is the first podcast from Ms. magazine, a legacy feminist publication. In each bi-weekly episode, host Dr. Michele Goodwin and special guests will tackle the most compelling issues of our times, centering feminist concerns about rebuilding our nation and advancing the promise of equality.

A new episode—2022 Supreme Court Review: How the Court Dismantled Democracy—is available now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and

After a Supreme Court term unlike any other in nearly a century, confidence in what was once a revered body has sunk to a historic low. Only 25 percent of Americans report having confidence in the United States Supreme Court. 

In this episode we are joined by a sold-out, live studio audience at the Irvine Barclay Theater to capture the 2022 Supreme Court Term in Review. “On the Issues” host Dr. Michele Goodwin, joined by leading national experts, explored critical rulings from this term, including: Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned 49-year-old federal abortion protections established in Roe v. Wade; New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, which struck down a 111-year-old state protection requiring gun owners to show “proper cause” for concealed carry licenses; West Virginia v. EPA, which ruled the agency has no executive jurisdiction to regulate certain greenhouse gas emissions; and more.

A full transcript of the episode may be found here, as well as a few excerpts below:

“I believe there will be a point, maybe not in my lifetime, when Dobbs is overruled. I believe there will be a point that these terrible decisions we’ve been talking about will be overruled, but it’ll only happen if all of us work to make it happen.” — Erwin Chemerinsky

“I think the story of how the Court has responded to the pandemic is a story of the executive branch trying to take action, and the courts undermining them.” — Aziza Ahmed

“Federal statutes do not enforce themselves. We need agencies to do it, and the six conservative justices hate those agencies.” — Mark Joseph Stern

“Why look at history at all given the fact that when it serves the conservative theocratic agenda, history sometimes matters, sometimes not, so long as they can read history to get to the result they want?” — Mary Anne Franks

“The final draft and the leaked draft are in salient ways identical. One of the things that that tells you about Dobbs is not only that Dobbs will send shock waves through our constitutional order, not only that the Supreme Court has destroyed a constitutional right that’s 50 years old, but essentially that the court doesn’t care what anybody else thinks about what it’s doing.” — Mary Ziegler

“The Mississippi Attorney General went back to the court and said, actually, won’t you consider just overturning Roe? That’s actually what we really want. They didn’t have to, and Roberts in his concurring opinion said, you didn’t have to, and didn’t support it.” — Regina Mahone

Meet the Host of On the Issues: Dr. Michele Goodwin is a frequent contributor to Ms. Magazine and on She is a Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California, Irvine and also serves on the executive committee and national board of the ACLU. Dr. Goodwin is a prolific author and an elected member of the American Law Institute, as well as an elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Hastings Center. Her most recent book, Policing The Womb: Invisible Women and The Criminalization of Motherhood is described as a “must read.”

About Ms. Magazine: Co-founded by Gloria Steinem in 1971 and published by the Feminist Majority Foundation since 2001, Ms. magazine has been a trusted, popular source for feminist news and information in print and online for nearly 50 years. Ms.’s time-honored traditions of an emphasis on in-depth investigative reporting and feminist political analysis have never been more relevant, bringing a new generation of writers and readers together to share news, analysis, research and strategies for fighting back and moving forward, for shaping the future.


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