Pushing Tribal abortion ‘safe harbors’ ignores realities in Indian Country, legal scholars say

With Roe v. Wade overturned, some people have proposed Tribal Nations could become “safe harbors” for those seeking abortions. In Tribal Nations and Abortion Access: A Path Forward, legal scholars argue those Nations need to tend to their own citizens first.

These “safe harbor” proposals “largely contemplate co-opting tribal sovereignty to provide safety from state criminal and civil liability for non-Native people seeking abortion care,” the article says. “It does not consider the complicated legal and practical considerations that would face Tribes pursuing this strategy, nor the risk to providers and patients.”

The article is scheduled for publication in the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender. Two of the five authors are Indigenous: Lauren van Schilfgaarde (Cochiti Pueblo), a UCLA Law Fellow at UCLA School of Law, and Sarah Deer (Mvskoke), a University Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas. Link here.

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Indian Country reacts to U.S. Supreme Court decisions, and other news

In this post:

  • Healing Minnesota Stories Open Sacred Sites Tours July 30, Oct. 2
  • Indian Country reacts to U.S. Supreme Court decision reversing Roe
  • Indian Country reacts to U.S. Supreme Court ruling undermining EPA’s ability to address climate damage
  • National Congress of American Indians Adopts Rights of Nature Resolution
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News: Creating abortion ‘safe harbor’ zones on Indian Reservations is unlikely, legal scholars say, and more

In this post:

  • Idea of creating abortion ‘safe harbor’ zones on Indian Reservations is unlikely
  • Leonard Peltier shares his Indian boarding school story
  • Navajo Nation water battle a sign of things to come
  • U.S. court blocks Red Cliff Nation’s effort to sue a company over opioid crisis in Tribal Court
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EPA puts PolyMet permit in serious doubt based on mine’s projected harms to Fond du Lac Band waters, and more

In this post:

  • EPA comes out against PolyMet mine based on threats to Fond du Lac Reservation waters
  • Indigenous women push Biden,Army Corps to stop Enbridge Line 5
  • Online presentation: Networks among colonial elites who profited as treaty signers
  • Indian Country in particular threatened should Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade
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