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Dean's statement: Response to overturning Roe vs. Wade

June 24, 2022

Dear JMC Faculty, Staff and Students:

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued its opinion in the case of Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Center. The outcome of this opinion overturns Roe vs. Wade, the legal precedent set in 1973 affirming the American constitutional right to abortion. The situation is evolving and is quite complex, as state-by-state implications vary, and many laws or bans will not go into effect immediately. 

I echo the sentiments of President Stanley, Provost Woodruff, EVP Norm Beauchamp and EVP Melissa Woo in their commitment to continuing the academic mission of the university and not limiting knowledge we give to the next generation of providers and professionals. 

Part of JMC’s mission is to engage students to consider the needs and rights of humankind. As a public affairs college, we would be remiss if we did not recognize the adverse effect restricting access to quality reproductive health care has on the individual and society. We remain committed to supporting students and educating them to make informed decisions about their health and well-being.

For health and wellness-related questions, Student Health Services provides care for all students year-round. Additionally, MSU’s Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) is available to support the mental health needs of students. Through our Relationship, Violence and Sexual Misconduct (RVSM) Plan, we continue to work toward creating a safer campus community.

Reproductive health care presents complex issues that raise important questions without easy answers. As the SCOTUS’ decision fills our newsfeeds and gains public attention, we encourage civil discourse and respect for diverse opinions.

Please reach out if we can support you. We care about our community members. 




Cameron G. Thies (he/him)                                       

Dean and MSU Foundation Professor