Webinar: The International Law Implications in the U.S. Supreme Court Dobbs Case

On Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 11 AM ET – 12 PM ET

C-Fam’s lawyers submitted a friend of the court brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case. Pro-life legal experts believe the court may be finally ready to overturn Roe v. Wade. C-Fam’s amicus brief argues that is not enough to reverse Roe v. Wade.

“The Court should not just overturn Roe v. Wade. It should also declare that protections for children in the womb are consistent with U.S. human rights obligations. The court has the responsibility to say what the law is,” said C-Fam Vice-President for Legal Studies Stefano Gennarini.

“Children in the womb were never excluded from the right to life in international law and international law does not establish a human right to abortion in any circumstance, either through treaty obligation or by custom,” Gennarini said.

C-Fam’s brief argues that the Supreme Court should define the obligations of the U.S. government under international law because of interference in legislative debates about abortion by foreign countries and the United Nations system at the federal and state level. If the Supreme Court does not address the legal status of children in the womb in international human rights law, then unaccountable United Nations experts will,” Gennarini warned.

C-Fam legal expert examines the false notion that an international right to abortion exists.


Austin Ruse, President

Stefano Gennarini, J.D., Vice President for Legal Studies